Urbana - The University of Illinois System has launched its largest comprehensive fundraising initiative that aims to raise $3.1 billion over the next five years to support students, faculty, academic, and research programs and facilities.
The initiative is built on individual campaigns for each of the Universities System’s; universities in Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana-Champaign that were officially launched during campus-based kickoff events in October.
“Each university has a distinctive campaign theme. Altogether these campaigns will be inspiring and impactful with cases for support focused on each institution’s strategic priorities,” said James H. Moore, president and CEO of the University of Illinois Foundation,
According to Moore, these three ambitious campaigns will be successful because the campaign priorities are linked to strategic areas of strength and opportunity that will resonate with passionate alumni and friends.
The campaigns stretch through 2022 and as of October 31, $1.5 billion has been raised toward the total goal of $3.1 billion.
“We will celebrate and acknowledge the ways our universities cultivate knowledge, make innovative research discoveries, and provide life changing opportunities for students,” said Moore.
The overall size of these campaigns ranks among the top tier in higher education fundraising. Only eight public universities, including the U of I System, currently have goals greater than $3 billion.
This comes shortly after Illinois State University announced their goal to raise 150 million.
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