Your financial support to Student Affairs makes a difference in the life of each and every student on campus. Our culture of excellence at Illinois is built upon the continuous gifts of time, talent, and treasure from our alumni and friends.

To learn more about our different programs and funds please visit our Giving Opportunities.

You can also visit Ways to Get Involved for information about opportunities to donate your time, and share your experiences and expertise with students. Thank you for your generosity and your support of Student Affairs.

To make a gift, select the amount for the fund(s) you wish to support, then click the “Continue” button below. You will be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site for your personal and credit card information. To clear all inputs and selections click "Start over."

Student Affairs Annual Fund

This fund is part of the overall annual giving effort throughout the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Student Affairs at Illinois transforms lives through: exceptional programming, relevant services, progressive facilities, and vibrant living/learning environments. We create an Illinois experience that empowers students to achieve their greatest potential, personally and academically.

Annual fund gifts have an immediate, direct impact on our students, staff, and faculty because they are allocated during the fiscal year in which they are given. These funds provide the Vice Chancellor with the ability to meet the highly prioritized needs of our students. They support a wide range of programs and events relevant to student leaders, and initiatives that foster broad collaboration so that we may better serve the needs of our students. These have included:

  • Lunch Bunch:  A group of student leaders from across campus that meet with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs monthly to discuss student concerns and encourage cross-campus collaboration and communication.
  • Strategic Initiative Grants:  Funds that promote collaborations among Student Affairs units and with academic units across campus, and support innovative programs that address emerging student issues and also address one of the strategic goals of Student Affairs.

Events that facilitate increased intergenerational networking between alumni and students and that encourage lifelong engagement among the Student Affairs Community.

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Emergency Dean Fund

The Emergency Dean Fund was created in 2009 to provide immediate assistance for unanticipated hardships resulting from emergencies or crisis situations. The “Emergency Dean” is an invaluable resource for all Illinois students and families, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1970. When you contribute to this fund, you enable us to make a difference in our students’ security and academic survival. You are contributing to the welfare of all Illinois students. Oversight of the Emergency Dean fund is provided by the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Student Support and Advocacy. Examples of ways in which the Emergency Dean Fund has been used to help students in their time of need include:

  • clothing for victims of a building fire
  • hotel rooms for students displaced due to a crisis situation
  • meal tickets so that students could eat on campus without charge after their residence was destroyed
  • plane fare for a student returning home abruptly to attend the funeral of an immediate family member
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Illinois Leadership Center Fund

The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) programs emphasize experiential learning, helping students incorporate cutting-edge leadership theory and knowledge into their own style of working with and leading others. Your generous support allows us to offer these programs to all students free-of-charge. Learn more about the ILC.

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Student Food Pantry Support Fund

It is the university’s mission to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. We collect demographic information and a variety of other data to improve processes and ensure that it is equitable, inclusive and accessible to meet the needs of the diverse student population at Illinois.

The pantry is focused on the development of students in a supportive and inclusive space. The ARC Student Food Pantry is staffed by student volunteers from Food Science Human Nutrition and we work closely with faculty to provide educational resources to pantry shoppers while developing our student volunteers to provide food support and community building skills.

The ARC Student Food Pantry is a shopping style pantry. Food is set up on shelves by food groups. Shoppers walk through the space and take food off shelves according to pantry guidelines. This model allows shoppers to handle food, choose items that they will eat and enjoy, and look at the labels just as if they were shopping in a store. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. The ARC Food Pantry is located in the rear of the ARC Instructional Kitchen (beside the indoor climbing wall).

Learn more about the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program.

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Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Student Success Fund

The OMSA Student Success Fund provides unrestricted support for an array of student success initiatives including, but not limited to: academic enrichment initiatives (e.g., new instructional or skill-building workshops), academic support incentives (e.g., online scheduling or advising platforms which expand student access to the services that lead to persistence and graduation), and academic achievement recognition (e.g., scholastic achievement awards) or other innovative activities that bolster student success. In 2018, in observance of OMSA’s 50th anniversary, this fund was dedicated in honor of our founding director, Clarence Shelley, a legendary educator, administrator, and mentor who served the university for nearly four decades.

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