Make a Gift

Support from alumni and other friends allows the Department of Urban and Regional Planning to enrich and deepen the student experience in many ways.

Donating is fast, easy, and secure.

  1. Review the fund and endowment options below.
  2. Enter the amount you would like to give next to each of your selected funds.
  3. Select MAKE A GIFT at the bottom of the page.
  4. You will then be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure site, where you will enter your credit card information.

The faculty and students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning thank you for your support!

Highest current priorities

Unrestricted support is always most welcome; you can give through:

Urban and Regional Planning Annual Fund

The Annual Fund supports a variety of activities in the department, including student organizations, student travel to conferences and events, faculty and student recruitment, alumni services and events, and many other endeavors. The Annual Fund is an essential source of operating support. It increasingly fills gaps created by declining state support for the University of Illinois.

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Highest current priorities

If you wish to support a specific initiative, we currently have two high priorities.

First, we seek to make college and graduate school affordable, especially for diverse students whose backgrounds give them special insight into the concerns and needs of vulnerable people and communities. As well, we seek support for students who aspire to practice within Illinois. You can contribute to:

Highest current priorities

This fund supports students in the BAUSP or MUP program, with the highest priority placed on those who will contribute to the diversity of the Department’s student body in the Unit as well as first-generation college students.

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In memory of Jane Terry, long time Admissions and Records Officer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, we have established the Jane Terry Memorial Scholarship in Urban Planning for scholarships. We hope that with the generosity of alumni and friends, Jane’s legacy in our department will continue for many years.

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In honor of Professor Lew Hopkins’ tenure as a faculty member, this endowment provides financial support to graduate students. It helps us attract those students who are most able to benefit from and contribute to the Illinois planning experience.

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In memory of Professor Andy Isserman, this endowment helps provide a fellowship for a Ph.D. Regional Planning student. It assists us to attract and reward those students who show great promise in their scholarly endeavors.

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Highest current priorities

Second, we seek to enhance our ability to connect students with planning practice of all kinds. Some of this support helps bring reflective practitioners and scholars of planning practice to our campus for a day, a week, a semester, or a year. Other support allows us to support student travel individually or together with faculty to sites of practice, for anything from a weekend field trip to a learning visit of a few weeks to a multi-year engagement with a partner community, like our long-standing commitment in the East St. Louis Action Research Program (ESLARP). You can contribute to:

Highest current prioritities

This fund facilitates student participation in professional development activities related to planning career interests. It may also be used to help support travel and living expenses of individual students related to public service internships, job interviews, and student personal study and travel related to planning careers.

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This fund bridges the gap between real-world practice and academic studies by providing student and programmatic support in the form of practice-oriented curriculum and undergraduate scholarships.

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In memory of Professor Lou Wetmore, this endowment provides resources to bring planning practitioners to our department where they interact with students and faculty. The Wetmore Visiting Practitioners series is a major initiative supported by these funds.

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In honor of Professor Len Heumann’s tenure as a faculty member, this endowment supports planning activities that address the needs of the disadvantaged, especially for applications in the areas of housing, social planning, and community development.

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Other funds

Other important funds recognize students’ achievements and support special topics of interest to our friends:

Other funds

In memory of alumnus Michael Carroll (MUP 1968), this fund provides an annual award to a master’s planning student who demonstrates a strong commitment to community development planning from a neighborhood and government perspective.

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In memory of alumnus Laird Starrick (BUP 1967, MUP 1972), this fund provides financial support for graduate students who are preparing for careers in public service.

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In memory of Professor Lock Blair, this endowment supports and enriches activities related to the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of heritage values in the built and natural environments.

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The Clyde W. Forrest Planning Law Award Fund supports an annual award for a student who has demonstrated outstanding aptitude in planning implementation based on overall achievement, or excellence in a project or publishable paper.

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Faculty awards

The generosity of an anonymous donor allows us to award the Tschangho John Kim Endowed Professorship of Urban and Regional Systems. The Endowment provides faculty members with annual support for three years to enhance their research capacity, including support for graduate research assistants and other expenses. Recent Kim Professors have included Dr. Andrew Greenlee and Dr. Bumsoo Lee.

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