College of Business: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Young Alumni Giving

Young Alumni Gifts at Work

In 2008 Rutvij Desai and Raj Patel generously pledged to make an annual scholarship for students in the College of Business. Rutvij is a 2007 graduate of both Accountancy and Finance, and Raj is currently a student in the College of Business. Rutvij and Raj strongly believe in supporting College because of all the opportunities they were both given as a business student.

Dean Hedeman & Rutvij Desai at Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I can afford a small gift, but honestly, will that really help?
A. Absolutely. A gift of any size directly supports our students and faculty, and your gift says that you believe in the College of Business. Several foundations, organizations, and national publications look at alumni giving participation rates when awarding funding and rankings. Your gift, viewed as a vote of confidence, could us secure many more dollars in external funding and help increase our College national ranking.

Q. I would like to give $100, but right now I can manage only $25 a month. Can I give a gift over time?
A. Of course! Giving incrementally is easy. You can do this via credit card on our secure online giving website by telling us what month and day to charge the payments. Click here for more information. http://www.business.uiuc.edu/development/contribute/

Q. Doesn’t tuition cover expenses?
Similar to nearly all colleges and universities, the College of Business faces a large gap between tuition income and expenses. Your Annual Fund gift supports the distinctive educational experiences that define the College and makes them accessible to a broad range of students.

Q. Can I designate how I want my gift to be used?
Annual Fund gifts made without restriction give us the flexibility to use the money where it is needed most. However, you may designate your Annual Fund gift to a broad area of support that is most important to you. Your options include the following:
Unrestricted (our highest priorities)
Financial aid
International study experiences
Faculty support
Academic initiatives
Student Organizations

Q. What are matching gifts, and will my employer match my gift?
Many companies match the charitable contributions of their employees. Therefore, the impact of our gift to the College many be doubled or even tripled! To have your gift matched, simply request a matching gift form from your human resources department, complete what is necessary, and send it along to us with your fit. We’ll finish the rest from there!

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