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Philanthropy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

CUPPA has an amazing student body, faculty, and staff.  We've reached unprecedented levels of scholarly production, classes taught, and numbers of students enrolled.  Staff are cross-trained to best serve the students while keeping administrative costs as light as possible. And students are managing their college finances in creative ways. Pulling together during our times of economic uncertainty is our key to success. Join us.

Use the comprehensive online giving form here or click on the department or center of your choice on the left for specific departmental or center funds options.

CUPPA Funds by Purpose Heading link

Are you interested in supporting CUPPA students through scholarships, contributing to our faculty research building just, resilient, and livable communities, or giving to a particular general fund? Review our funds by purpose below and make your gift online.

CUPPA Student Scholarship Awards

  • Anna Bachman Memorial Fund
  • Friedman Undergraduate Scholarship Fund
  • Darl Hall Scholarship Fund for Current Use
  • Joe DiJohn Memorial Fund
  • Gao-Zhang Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Gao-Zhang Geospatial Technologies Research Fund
  • Last Mile Fund for Current Use
  • Public Administration Student Scholarship
  • Thelma L. Jackson Urban Planning & Policy Scholarship Award Fund
  • Rob Mier Memorial Award Fund
  • Charles Orlebeke Scholarship Fund

Research and Lectureships

  • Urban Planning and Policy Chicago Futures Initiative Fund
  • Shirley M. Buttrick Lectureship in Social Policy Fund
  • Gao-Zhang Geospatial Technologies Research Fund
  • Wiewel Fund

Department/Center Funds


  • Public Administration Unrestricted Fund
  • Urban Planning & Policy Unrestricted Fund

Centers and Institutes:

  • Center for Urban Economic Development (CUED) Unrestricted Fund
  • Government Finance Research Center (GFRC) Fund for Current Use
  • Great Cities Institute (GCI) Unrestricted Fund
  • Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy (IRRPP) Unrestricted Fund
  • Urban Transportation Center (UTC) Unrestricted Fund
  • Nathalie P. Voorhees Center Unrestricted Fund
  • Urban Data Visualization Laboratory (GCUDV) Unrestricted Fund

Make a Gift Online.

You can give to CUPPA by Heading link

Gift method How to Contact
Online gifts Choose to securely make a credit card donation to the CUPPA fund of your choice. Online giving
Cash and checks Choose to securely make a credit card donation to the CUPPA fund of your choice. Make your gift by check or money order payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Include a note in the check’s memo specifying the gift’s designation. Mail checks to:
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801
(For security reasons please do not mail cash.)
Matching gifts Many employers will match their employees’ charitable donations. This will sometimes hold true even if you’re retired from the company or if you’re the spouse or widow of an employee. Check your employers/company’s giving policy for matching gift information.
Securities, bonds,
and mutual funds
Giving your stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other appreciated securities can provide immediate assistance to CUPPA while being part of a planned giving strategy. To make a gift of publicly traded stocks or mutual funds via electronic transfer, please contact the University of Illinois Foundation Cash Receipts Department for delivery instructions at or (217) 244-0352.
Payroll deduction For University of Illinois employees To make your gifts via payroll deduction simply download, complete and return the payroll deduction authorization form PDF to the University of Illinois Foundation via fax to 217-333-5577 or mail it to:
University of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, IL 61801