Message from Advancement

Deanne Johnson
Deanne Johnson, Assistant Dean for Advancement

As we enter the season of giving and gratitude, a generous alumnus has stepped forward to challenge us to make strengthening the future of the University of Illinois our personal legacy. With the Illinois Legacy Challenge, you can amplify the impact of your planned gift benefiting the College of Media.

If you document a new planned gift with the University of Illinois Foundation (UIF) for the benefit of any Illinois fund you wish to support—whether it’s one of the Chancellor’s four funding priorities or one at the College of Media, including one of the unrestricted funds for any of our departments or the college’s annual fund—you have the ability to tap the Challenge’s matching pool to direct 10% (up to $10,000) of your new planned gift’s value to immediately benefit a qualifying matchable fund.

You can participate in one of four ways:

  1. Name UIF in your will or living trust. (Please contact us to ensure your bequest or beneficiary designation language can be honored as you intend.)
  2. Designate UIF as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or transferable/payable on death (“TOD”/”POD”) account.
  3. Establish a life-income gift with UIF.
  4. Increase your existing planned gift on record with UIF.

The Challenge will continue until the matching pool has been extinguished or June 30, 2022, whichever comes first. Beneficiary designation and bequest donors must be at least age 65 by June 30, 2022, to have their gifts qualify for Challenge matching funds.

To learn more about the Challenge, please call Deanne Johnson at 217-333-0752 or email

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!