Day of Giving on March 2, 2023

The theme for this year's campaign is Storybook Stars: Choose Your Own Adventure! We want to celebrate the different pathways available to students and faculty on our campus. While we may have our own individual stories to tell, we are all part of one collection: the UIS Story.

March 2 Kickoff Event

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Faculty & Staff Campaign kickoff event on March 2. More than 30 different departments, organizations and colleges on campus participated in this event and shared their stories of how your gifts can make an impact.

The Student Union Ballroom was buzzing with activity. Attendees enjoyed delicious food, played games, had caricatures done and - most importantly - had the opportunity to make gifts to the areas important to them.

2023 Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding for the 2023 Faculty & Staff Campaign is live! Learn about different departments, organizations and colleges on campus and how your support can help. The crowdfunding campaign will run from March 2 - March 31.

Make a gift here!

Why give?

Faculty and staff members often find that their passions and interests intersect with the mission and programs at UIS. In addition to the time and talent you share each day through your work, giving back offers an opportunity to come together to work to change our community for the better. We are lucky to have such generous employees at UIS: During the 2022 fiscal year, 49.34% of UIS employees made at least one (but often more than one) gift to UIS! Gifts of any amount, to any area of UIS, “count” as part of the campaign.

To answer questions and provide encouragement to give, each unit on campus has a Faculty and Staff Campaign ambassador.

Donations can be made by visiting, or if you prefer payroll deduction, visit to download the form, then fill it out and email it to You can always call the Advancement Office at 217-206-6058 for more information as well.

Three pertinent questions about giving to UIS

  1. Does my gift really make a difference?
    Yes! The more people who choose to give, the greater the collective impact will be.
  2. I work at UIS; why should I also give to UIS?
    Your special perspective on campus needs allows you to discover your personal philanthropic passion and to judge which causes on campus will best benefit from your gifts. And when your personal cause thrives, you will be among the first to know. More than that, you’ll be joining a winning team: UIS regularly sets records or near records in faculty and staff giving. And remember: All gifts are tax-deductible.
  3. Students pay tuition. Why does UIS need charitable support?
    State funding has changed. We used to describe public universities as “state funded” but we now instead say “state assisted.” UIS has become more frugal, but we can’t expect students alone to make up the difference in funding. Your gifts help us sustain and even enrich the value of a UIS education.

Past Faculty & Staff Giving

Campaign Leadership

Members of the 2023 Faculty and Staff Campaign Council are members of the UIS community who understand the importance of the mission of UIS and are willing to advocate that mission by donating their time and resources to assist in promoting the campaign. They work with the Annual Giving staff in the Office of Advancement to educate fellow employees on the importance of giving.

Council members and Advancement staff are available to speak about giving to UIS at meetings of any size. Call 206-6058 to schedule a brief presentation for your department today.

Len Bogle
BRK 377

Emily Boles
BRK 415

Doug Brackney
SAB 50

Sarah Brewer
PAC 397

Chrissy DeWerff
PC 430

Valerie Gebhardt
HRB 64

Ann Gemberling
UHB 4000

Jackie Gillock
PAC 525

Ashley Hall
Student Union

Mike Krcil
UHB 1076

Jill Menezes
BSB 106

Chrisa Potthast
HRB 80

Justin Rose
SLB 20

Larry Shiner

Jorge Villegas
UHB 4054

Jamie Weber
BRK 140

Jeff Williams
BSB 151

Marcel Yoder

Thank You

Thank you to all of the UIS employees who generously donated to UIS in fiscal year 2022. You can find these posters hanging around campus.