I am excited to serve our alumni and donors, and look forward to facilitating your philanthropic support of the college, its departments, people and initiatives. Whether funding student scholarships or travel awards, faculty research or recruitment, your contributions have a meaningful and profound impact.
Ways to Give
There are a number of flexible ways in which you can support our mission. Through annual giving, endowed gifts and deferred giving, we are excited to partner with you.
Annual gifts offer immediate support for a wide range of initiatives such as scholarships, student travel to professional conferences, graduate student research projects, special lectures and seminars, and much more. Gifts are usually used during the year in which they are received, making an instant impact on the lives of students and faculty.
A gift for the future
A longtime annual donor to AHS, David Scalzitti ’87 BA PT, ’94 MS KINES, ’08 PhD DS decided to make a planned gift to AHS by naming the college as a beneficiary of his pension plan. The Scalzitti Endowment Fund will provide scholarships for students with demonstrated academic merit and financial need. Scalzitti also makes an annual gift to fund the scholarship in the present. This combination of annual and planned gifts ensures that Scalzitti’s generosity supports current and future students, forming a continuous thread of impact.
Endowments are perhaps the most influential investments in higher education, creating self-renewing, living legacies that span generations. In an endowment fund, the principal is invested in perpetuity and only a portion of the investment’s earnings is spent. The rest of the earnings are channeled back into the fund, so the endowment grows over time. Funds can be established with a minimum gift of $25,000, paid in a lump sum or over a multi-year period. When you create an endowed fund, it is established in your name or the name of a person or organization you wish to honor.
Paying it forward
The Velma Russ Reichenbach Endowment Fund was established with a $25,000 gift from the family of Velma Russ Reichenbach ’55 BS OT, ’81 MS OT. The fund brings a national-level speaker to the UIC Department of Occupational Therapy Scholarship of Practice Day, an event for students, alumni and area practitioners. With the endowment, her family honors Velma and her loyalty to the department and her mentor.
Many individuals want to make a meaningful difference by supporting AHS, but find it difficult to do so due to a variety of life circumstances. You can make an impact on the future of the college by including the University of Illinois Foundation (EIN 37-6006007) for the benefit AHS in your estate plan, via a gift that pays you back (like a charitable gift annuity), or via another planned giving opportunity. Any of these gifts is a long-term and long-lasting investment in AHS.
Funding the future
Margret Amatayakul ’70 BS HIM believes that education and opportunities for advancement are vital to success. That is why she gave AHS its largest donation to date in the form of a planned gift. The Margret Amatayakul Endowed Fund for Interdisciplinary Initiatives will fund scholarships for BHIS graduate students and interdisciplinary initiatives between AHS and other programs across UIC.