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).

Giving 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."

Opportunities for Major Gifts

The Department of Chemistry has many opportunites for those wishing to make major gifts. These include named fellowships, scholarships, chairs, professorships, and much more. For more information on giving opportunities, donation-related questions, or to discuss a gift that you would like to make, please contact Joe Madden.

Joe Madden - Assistant Director of Development
Phone: 217-300-4554

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.