Office of Advancement

The UIS Office of Advancement nurtures relationships with alumni, friends and the campus community to encourage support for UIS students, programs and the university environment.

Reaching Stellar

Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield seeks to raise support for the students, faculty and staff at UIS, for the programs that elevate education and for the communities where students and graduates serve. Learn more about the Reaching Stellar Campaign

Reaching Stellar Campaign Progress

$38,778,350 / $40,000,000

Great News! As of March 1, 2021, the Reaching Stellar Campaign had raised 96.96% of the $40 million goal. The campaign concludes in 2022.

Staffing and giving update (March 2021)

To do our part to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the Office of Advancement staff will continue to work remotely with limited hours every day of the week where the office is staffed. The UIS Office of Advancement at PAC 591 will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Most phone calls to 217-206-6058 and email messages to will continue to be answered remotely.

We at UIS are thankful for the continued support of our many alumni, donors and friends. If you are moved to do so at this time, donations can be mailed to the U of I Foundation, where they will be processed as promptly as possible. The address there is: University of Illinois Foundation, PO Box 734500, Chicago, IL 60673-4500.

Donations can also be made online by visiting

Please email if you have any questions, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible to assist you.

50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 7pm CST

Join us as we celebrate the University’s 50th year and honor our distinguished award recipients. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. Naomi B. Lynn, Chancellor Emerita. The Alumni Achievement Award will be presented to Robert Moore, ’80, MPA ’85 PAA.

This will be a virtual event hosted through Zoom Webinar. Register early to receive a limited edition goodie box mailed to your home (one box per household to the first 300 registrants). If you have any questions, please email or call 217-206-6058.

Be a Bold Bright Star

2021 Faculty and Staff Campaign

Each year, the Faculty and Staff Campaign encourages all UIS employees to make a gift to UIS during the current fiscal year. Read all about the Campaign here.

View areas to support on our UIS Crowdfunding website. We hope you’ll virtually visit each “table” online to learn more about other units, and select your favorites for support. They go live on Thursday, February 25.

Celebration of Philanthropy

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021 the University of Illinois Springfield and the University of Illinois Foundation presented Mark and Julie Staley with the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership. You can watch a recording of the program and special interview with the couple on-demand.

Scholarship Luncheon

The annual Scholarship Luncheon is one of our favorite events at UIS. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of our students and the giving spirit of our donors. While we could not gather in person this year, we are delighted to applaud the more than 300 Prairie Stars we received a scholarship, as well as the generous donors who gifted those funds to UIS. You can read more about this year’s celebration by visiting our special Scholarship Celebration website. And we invite you to watch a video that honors our recipients and donors alike.

Featured Stories


Hailey Hollinshead
Hailey Hollinshead is all in for science. Scholarships are helping her achieve her goals.

Lincoln Center

Chancellor’s Koch news about the Lincoln Center. Read more.

Academic Excellence

Payton Raso
Payton Raso’s education was enhanced by his work for the Illinois Innocence Project. Read more.

Public Good

Elise Simmons
Elementary Education student Elise Simmons will help meet a critical need in Illinois. Read more.


Student Union artwork
The Student Union has new artwork. Read more.


Contact Us

Office of Advancement
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 591
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
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