There are many ways to be involved in giving to the Department of Landscape Architecture at Illinois. Any size monetary gift, an offer of volunteer efforts, provision of professional guidance and office internships, advice and mentorship, or firm tours all increase the value of an Illinois education for our students.

Financial support is key. Every year with donor support, we award scholarships, faculty awards, fellowships, programmatic and operational funds and professional lectureships to keep pushing our boundaries, redefining creativity in the classroom and in the field as well as expanding into the future of education. Your gifts can be useful in so many ways: giving yearly to an existing fund that supports travel or the classroom, creating an endowed fund that supports a scholarship, programming or our faculty in perpetuity, or, bringing the top practitioners and thought leaders to speak to our students and faculty, or participate in a charrette. You can create impact with your gifts.

One of the most important things in maintaining excellence at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Illinois is the private support we receive from our alumni and friends. To attract and retain the best students, the best faculty, provide the best equipment and the best opportunities for learning and teaching, we must continue to ask for your generous support. It is pivotal for our shared successes now and in the future.


1. Excellence in Landscape Architecture (Unrestricted)

Fund ID: 11332186


Gifts to the Excellence Fund are always needed. Through contributions to this fund, the department is able to grow and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Your contributions to the Excellence Fund support a variety of initiatives including:

  • Undergraduate scholarships: A boost for our talented emerging designers
  • Internship experiences for undergraduates
  • Modernizing our teaching spaces
  • Hosting special lectures and visiting scholars
  • Supporting faculty research
  • Supporting studios that work with real communities

2. The Landscape Architecture Executive Fund

Fund ID: 11343608


This special fund is a current-use fund that has a specific scope of purposes at the discretion of the Head of the Department. Current Department Head Bill Sullivan has outlined these priorities for this fund:

The LA Executive Fund will be used to

  • Develop our World Cities Studio in Chicago.
  • Endow our Designer-in-Residence program.
  • Provide scholarships that can attract the brightest young people from around the world.
  • Support more extensive field trips associated with our studios.

We are asking alumni and friends of the Department to make a commitment to this effort of a minimum of $100 per year for a 4-year pledge as part of our initiative to strengthen our programs. Please join us as we grow the numbers who understand landscape architecture's crucial role in creating healthy, sustainable communities.

3. Vincent Bellafiore Endowed Fellowship

Fund ID: 11771396


Established in honor of former Department Head, Vincent Bellafiore, this fund provides a fellowship to a promising Ph.D. student.

4. Terry Harkness "Plants in Design" Fund

Fund ID: 11773547


This fund is used to advance Professor Harkness's creative legacy of inspired instruction in plants and design.

5. Cherie L. Kluesing Memorial Endowment

Fund ID: 11772461


Provides a bronze medal and cash award to a student who creatively integrates art and landscape in their designs. The endowment also provides competitive fellowships to recruit and support outstanding students in the graduate program.

6. Robert B. Riley Endowed Fund

Fund ID: 11776357


Created in honor of former Department Head, Bob Riley, this fund provides resources for graduate student enrichment.

7. Dan Ryan Prize Fund

Fund ID: 11775234


Established in memory of Dan Ryan, a member of the Class of 2002, this fund provides a cash prize to a student in the sophomore class who exhibits outstanding graphic skills and a strong willingness to assist other students.

Please take a moment to give to one of the listed funds below entering your gift amount in the provided box next to the fund name. Upon hitting the submit button at the bottom of the page you will be linked to the UIF secure website which will collect your gift information. If you would like to discuss other methods of giving, major gifts, setting-up an endowed fund or are thinking about an estate gift, contact Gail Rost, Director of Development at 217-244-3594.


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