Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield

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A $40-million initiative that will benefit students, the Springfield community and others

The University of Illinois Springfield launched the public phase of the largest fundraising campaign in its history on October 10, 2017. The goal of “Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield” is to raise $40 million to benefit students, faculty and the Springfield community.

As of October 10, 2017, the University of Illinois Foundation had received commitments of more than $18.4 million in gifts, grants and pledges, according to Jeff Lorber, UIS vice chancellor for advancement. The campaign will continue through 2022.

“At the University of Illinois, we have one goal at the core of our mission: to transform lives and serve society,” said UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. “This fundraising campaign is a strategy for taking UIS—with donors’ help—toward greater excellence and greater impact for our community, our state and beyond.”

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Reaching Stellar campaign priorities

All gifts given until 2022 will count toward the campaign, but to help guide strategic fundraising, the campaign has six priorities:

  • Scholarships: Affirming the aspirations, energy and diversity of our students
    Scholarship support for students will always be a priority at UIS because scholarships elevate the lives of students and the entire university. Learn more about the scholarships campaign priority.
  • Academic Excellence: Learning that empowers the future
    This priority focuses on academic programs, faculty and initiatives to reach stellar in learning that empowers the future. Learn more about academic excellence at UIS.
  • Center for Lincoln Studies: To instruct, inspire and elevate us all
    UIS is launching a new Center for Lincoln Studies that will instruct, inspire and elevate all of us through programs that focus on Abraham Lincoln. Learn more about the Center for Lincoln Studies.
  • The Public Good: Engagement. Collaboration. Impact.
    This priority focuses on all the many ways that UIS contributes to the Public Good through its programs, students and graduates. Learn more about UIS and the Public Good.
  • Facilities and Technology: Building tomorrow’s University today
    Through the Reaching Stellar Campaign, we hope to build tomorrow’s University today, especially through the Student Union, opening on January 18, 2018, enhanced athletics facilities and up-to-date technology for both online and on ground students. Learn more about Facilities & Technology at UIS.

UIS Campaign Committee

The UIS Campaign Committee is leading the Reaching Stellar campaign for UIS. Co-chairs are Hy Bunn, president and CEO of Bunn-O-Matic Corporation, and Saul Morse, of counsel at Brown, Hay & Stephens LLC, and director, University of Illinois Foundation. Other members include Micah Bartlett, W. Robert Felker, Julie Kellner, Pam McClelland, Larry Shiner, Janice Spears, Julie Staley and Guerry Suggs.

“As we begin this new campaign, only a few years from the University’s 50th anniversary, the prospects for this institution of higher education and its effect upon our community are limitless,” said Saul Morse.

“This campaign is as important to the greater Springfield area as it is for the University,” said Hy Bunn. “I’m excited to see UIS thrive through support from the University’s many alumni and friends.”