The Annual Fund —
Gifts That Make a Difference

"Our goal at the College of Commerce is to retain and enhance our status among the world's leading business schools. With the financial support of those who know us best — our alumni — we are given the means to transcend the ordinary as we reach for the extraordinary."

- Howard Thomas, Dean, 1991-2000

The Investors in Business Education (IBE) fund is critical to the mission of our College. These annual funds are used to support expenses not covered by the state budget — like up-dating computer hardware and software, essential for training techno-savvy students who can enter the business world ready to contribute.

Through the generosity of the many alumni, friends and businesses who make annual gifts, Commerce has been able to provide scholarships, recognize the outstanding achievements of students and faculty, develop new courses and programs.

But the work is not complete. Last fall we asked our alumni and friends to help the College of Commerce and Business Administration reach its goal of $1,300,000 in annual support by June 30, 2000. Thanks to a resounding response, as of May 31, we have reached $1,053,211 — putting us more than 80 percent toward our goal. Next year, in fiscal 2001, we will set our sights even higher.

Just as the college has helped shape you, our alumni, we hope you will take this opportunity to ensure our continued excellence. If you are among those who have made a gift this year, we offer our sincere thanks! Every dollar makes a difference. Every gift enhances the learning environment for today's Commerce students. On behalf of all Commerce students, we are asking you to consider making your gift today.

A contribution of $500 or more will qualify you as a member of the Dean's Club. An unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more to the Investors in Business Education Fund will make you eligible for recognition as part of the David Kinley Society. However, a gift of any size makes an impact and is very much appreciated.

The FY 2000 Annual Fund campaign ends on June 30. We kick off the FY 2001 campaign on July 1. We urge you to make your commitment today to support continued excellence in business education!


Gift-Giving Goes Online

Donors to the College of Commerce now have the opportunity to make their gifts online, through a link on the CBA Web page, leading to the secure Online Gift Site of the University of Illinois Foundation. An online form will come up, which includes a field in which donors may, if they wish, specify how their gift is to be directed. Gifts not accompanied by such instructions will go into CBA's Investors in Business Education (IBE) Fund, which supports faculty research and teaching, as well as a range of special student needs and interests, including scholarships.

To make a gift online, go to, and click on "Contribute Online."

Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated. We are also especially grateful for the generous gifts from those friends of Commerce who participate in the Dean's Club and the David Kinley Society.