Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The Vision 2020 Fund

In creating the Vision 2020 fund, our goal is to secure the future of our department by creating a fund whose annual income will allow us to meet the most critical needs, such as recruiting and retaining the best faculty and students, purchasing equipment for the teaching laboratories, and creating educational programs (e.g., travel awards) for deserving students. This fund will not reduce the support currently provided by the campus because our State budget is over 85% dedicated to salaries and generally set by formula.

Documented Impact and Stewardship. Everyone who gives to the Vision 2020 fund will have access to an annual report showing its market value, growth, and income. Most importantly, how the income from the fund was used in the previous year will be detailed so that the impact of every gift will be seen.

Donor Recognition. Each donor to Vision 2020 will be acknowledged in the annual report and in the Department of Chemistry newsletter. Gifts can be specified as anonymous. For major annual giving and annual pledge levels, donors will be permanently recognized in Noyes Laboratory (see below for details).

Chemistry Newsletter Donor List SampleGiving in Honor of Another. A gift may be given in honor of a friend, family member, or an Illinois great. Acknowledge the impact of a research advisor or honor the memory of a loved one. The donor’s gift will be listed as given in "honor of" or in "memory of."

Our Brilliant Future

The Department of Chemistry at Illinois with its extraordinary history and outstanding students and faculty is widely recognized as a major force in chemical research and education. Our goal is to continue to compete with the most elite departments in the country, many of which are private and benefit from very large endowments. When the University of Illinois initiated a major $2.25 billion fund raising campaign known as Brilliant Futures, the Department of Chemistry set its own ambitious goal of raising $60 million by 2020. We know we can count on our alumni to step up to the plate. Please consider giving this year to our new Vision 2020 Fund, or to our other Chemistry funds which support our prestigious department.

Opportunities for Major Gifts

The Strategic Plan developed by the Chemical Sciences Leadership Council and updated by the Department of Chemistry in 2005 identified several areas where major gifts were most needed.

Named Graduate Fellowships. The Provost matching program provides a match of the annual income on an endowed gift of $250,000 designated for a Graduate Fellowship. The Named Fellowship, which honors the donor or an individual designated by the donor, provides full support for a graduate student. It serves to recognize the most promising leaders of tomorrow, while at the same time helping us to recruit and retain outstanding students and faculty.

Named Chairs and Professorships. Chairs and Professorships are critical for recruiting and retaining top faculty. Such appointments provide flexible funds for faculty to explore new areas, purchase a vital instrument, or support undergraduate and graduate students. A gift of at least $3M will endow a Named Chair that will support the most accomplished faculty. A gift of $1.5M will endow a Named Professorship used for emerging leaders in chemistry.

The Impact of Giving

Any gift to Chemistry at Illinois has the potential not only to impact the current generation, but generations of chemists to come.

"I feel very fortunate to have received a great education at the University of Illinois driven by my degree in Chemistry. The Department is one of the best in the United State and perhaps, the world. If I can contribute to maintaining the high standards of the department so that future undergraduate and graduate students can benefit from this high quality education it would be very satisfying. I have been fortuante to have had success in my career and this is a way to pay back the University for setting me down this path."

- Mark A. Pytosh (BS '86)

To read of the impact your gifts can have, please visit the Impact of Giving page!

Recognizing Our Donors

The Department of Chemistry would not be what it is today without the vision and generosity of our donors.  In recognition of their confidence in our department, and their exceptional generosity, Chemistry at Illinois has created these Donor Recognition pages.

Giving Contacts

Not sure who to speak with about your gift?  Have more questions about how your donations will be used?  Our Development officers will be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.  Just visit our Giving Contacts page for more information.