What is the Annual Fund?
The success of the College, its alumni, students and faculty could not be possible without the continued support we receive through our Annual Fund. Our Annual Fund supports the general operations of the College. The Annual Fund helps support much needed renovations to the College, scholarships, student travel to national pharmacy association meetings as well as a variety of professional development events hosted by student organizations. These events include Asthma Awareness, Operation Diabetes, Fast-a-Thon, the P&T Competition, HIV/AIDS awareness, and health screenings throughout Chicagoland.
The College of Pharmacy benefits from the generosity of our alumni and friends. In 2010, the College received $528,322 in support from nearly 700 of our 8,500 living alumni. With state funding providing less than 8% of the College's budget, private contributions and self-supporting endeavors (such as Continuing Education) support the programs that make us one of the top colleges of pharmacy in the country and help us maintain a standard of excellence across the curriculum.
There are two ways to support the College of Pharmacy with an annual gift:
- Gifts may be made to the College, itself, through the Annual Fund. Gifts made to this fund are "unrestricted" in that they provide funding for College-wide priorities.
- Gifts can also be made to specialized funds. Please contact the Development Office at (312) 996-0160, if you have any questions.
Your support enables us to attract and retain the highest caliber of faculty and students. Your gifts help provide the quality education expected of an internationally recognized institution serving the best and brightest minds of the state of Illinois and beyond.
Why is the Annual Fund Important?
The Annual Fund provides the College with a source of unrestricted funds, which means it allows the College the flexibility to meet the changing educational needs of its students. As a current-use fund, monies are usually spent during the year they are donated. The opposite would be endowed funds where only the interest on donations is spent. Endowed funds usually have one donor while an Annual Fund is the pooled generosity of many. That is why every gift is important. The College asks for gifts via letters, student callers, and personal visits.
Why is Unrestricted Giving Important?
An unrestricted gift is simply a gift to the College of Pharmacy with no restrictions from the donor on how it is to be used. Such gifts support the College by allowing the Dean flexibility in determining how best to use the funds. This is important because the funds can be used where they will have the greatest impact. The Dean can address priorities and bring immediate benefits to the College as a whole by supporting student scholarships, classrooms/facilities renovations, faculty recruitment, program initiatives, and graduation exercises.
The College's mission is to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in teaching, research and service in pharmacy education, while remaining financially accessible to students across the state. Your unrestricted gift directly supports this mission and provides the means to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and meet challenges in a timely manner.
Can I Support a Specific Program?
Absolutely! To help departments and programs meet their most pressing needs, many alumni and friends choose to designate a gift to an established, specialized fund during the Annual Fund Campaign. Alumni and friends can also create a fund to address a specific need.
How Can I Make a Gift?
The most common ways are a credit card, check, or an electronic funds transfer (EFT). You can make a gift online, simply click here. Checks should be payable to the "University of Illinois Foundation/Pharmacy." Write the fund name in the memo line. For information on stock transfer or other vehicles, contact Deb Fox with questions at (312) 996-0160 or email@example.com.
How Can I Double or Even Triple My Gift?
Hundreds of companies, large, small, local or national, match their employee's charitable donations. This is a great way to increase your dollars for the College of Pharmacy. Check this partial listing or check with your (or your spouse's) human resources department to find out if your company matches donations. Let us know when you change jobs. Companies often are willing to support the University of Illinois when we can show them they have a certain number of alumni employees. To update your alumni record, contact Deb Fox at (312) 996-0160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Will My Gift Be Recognized?
The College of Pharmacy donors are listed in the alumni magazine, UIC Pharmacist. If you do not want to be publicly acknowledged, please indicate this when making a gift.
Why Does My Check Go to Urbana?
In order to provide you with a tax deduction, gifts should be made to the University of Illinois Foundation. While the Foundation is housed in Urbana, it serves all three Illinois campuses (Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign). Any donation designated to support Pharmacy will go to the College 100%.
Still Have Questions about Annual Giving?
The Advancement Office staff will be happy to answer your questions. Please contact us by phone at (312) 996-0160 or email@example.com.