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We Lead the Way Together

With Illinois is our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date and supports our bold vision for the future. Your support of our campaign priorities builds a brighter future for Grainger Engineers, help us find solutions to the world’s toughest challenges through groundbreaking research, and increases infrastructure that cultivates innovation and community. Together, we will:

The research enterprise of The Grainger College of Engineering, driven by our faculty, staff, and students, has transformed the world. We are committed to growing and diversifying our research programs, and therefore our impact. Our approach will be consistent with our values. Even as we leverage our scale and celebrate excellence in basic research, we will renew our commitment to corporate and external partnerships to translate research, advance society, improve the human condition and drive economic growth.

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Leveraging our globally recognized leadership in engineering education and passion for impact, Grainger Engineering is strengthening existing programs and is expanding creativity in original pedagogy, curriculum design and learning technologies.

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The Grainger College of Engineering has long embraced the importance of a respectful, diverse and inclusive community. However, we will ensure that diversity, equity, access and inclusion are core values of the college and its constituents. Our success in promoting these values, using quantitative analytics, will lead to recognition by our community, our peers and stakeholders and accelerate our excellence.

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Together, we give the brightest minds an opportunity to thrive. The Engineering Visionary Scholarship Initiative makes an Illinois education accessible to the most-deserving and highest-achieving students. With Illinois, amazing young people become incredible engineers.

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TOTAL DONORS

11,145

NUMBER OF GIFTS

42,664

TOTAL RAISED

$567M

Our Philanthropic Community

11,667

total number of unique donors

 

3,328

distinct donors reside in Illinois

$100

nearly half of our gifts were $100 or less

 

6,642

reside outside of Illinois in the USA

$25,000

1,630 gifts were $25,000 or more

 

1,697

donors reside outside of the USA

Why are we The Grainger College of Engineering?

“The Grainger Foundation’s legacy can be seen across our campus. They have invested in our outstanding students, brilliant faculty, groundbreaking research, and capital projects to support our unmatched innovation. Their generosity is transforming engineering education, creating opportunities for generations of students and future leaders, and advancing our researchers’ abilities to impact the world. The Grainger Foundation’s over $300 million in support, is an investment in our bold vision for the future and we are grateful that they have entrusted us with this gift.”

Rashid Bashir, Dean
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering

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Bruce and Linda Koe

  • Donor

Mechanical Science and Engineering, 1964, 1966

"Since we've retired, Linda and I have focused our efforts on supporting three of our passions: women in engineering, feeding the hungry, and helping immigrants to sustainability. We decided rather than go on cruises and such, we wanted to give back. We hope to be an example of giving back to our children, grandchildren and others, and inspire them to reach out and help others."

Meet Bruce and Linda Koe

Arielle Gross

  • Donor
  • EVS

Materials Science and Engineering, 2011

"The democratization of education to produce better problem solvers is a noble concept. Many institutions benefit from private donations, which when put to effective use, create invaluable opportunities. If my scholarship fund can help more students launch effective careers and add value to society, that is a meaningful outcome for me."

Meet Arielle Gross