Message from Advancement

Deanne Johnson

We cannot overstate how thankful we are for each and every donor who contributed to the With Illinois campaign—the most ambitious and most successful fundraising effort in University of Illinois history. Our alumni and friends made a resounding impact and conveyed that an investment in the future of media is essential in the 21st century. 

The numbers speak for themselves: You helped us raise nearly $25 million, which was over 250% of our With Illinois campaign goal! We received a historic gift, the largest ever to the College of Media, thanks to Richard and Leslie Frank. We saw increased engagement; almost 20% were first-time donors who began their philanthropic journey with us. We also created 35 new funds in support of scholarships and fellowships. You can see more highlights at

Our next steps on campus will be envisioning big goals for 2030 in a strategic plan called Boldly Illinois. As we begin the planning phase, we want to dream limitlessly. After all, 2027 will mark the College of Media’s centennial anniversary! 

Please stay tuned for more opportunities to engage with the College of Media. We’ll continue to share how we are stewarding our gifts, how we’re preparing students for a continuously evolving media landscape, and how you can be an integral part of it. 

If you would like to learn more about ways to invest in the College of Media with smart tax-wise ideas, please read this list, and as always, it would be my pleasure to speak with you. You can call me at 217-333-0752 or email me at

Deanne Johnson
Assistant Dean for Advancement

Every gift matters.

Your gift is important in providing a College of Media education. Alumni and friends like you share in a commitment to excellence in communications. And it is because of your support and engagement we’re able to hire and retain the best faculty, attract the brightest students, and provide cutting-edge research opportunities.

Private philanthropy powers our ability to achieve our strategic goals and transform media education. The conversations and partnerships that happen here make us all smarter; they make us think differently, teach differently, learn differently, discover differently, and collaborate differently. Together, we have the power to revolutionize media.

How to Give

Consider the effect the College of Media has had on your life and career. Make a gift online. It’s fast, easy, and secure. You can make a one-time gift or arrange a recurring gift schedule that’s convenient for you. 

Or call the University of Illinois Foundation at (217) 244-2706, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If mailing a check or money order, please make it payable to the “University of Illinois Foundation” and include a short note (or memo on your check) about the purpose or designation of your gift. For security of your gift, please do not send cash.

Mail to: 
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801

Gifts of stock and appreciated assets are always welcome. Visit the University of Illinois Foundation to learn how easy it is to do an electronic transfer.   

For information on naming the College of Media as a beneficiary of other types of assets or if you would like to leave a bequest in your will, please contact the office at (217) 244-5466 or

Thank you!