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Gifts In Action

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The old saying holds true – you get what you pay for. Every dollar you give is an investment that will help find solutions to the world’s most critical challenges in order to create abundant food and energy, a healthy environment, and successful families and communities. The College of ACES takes pride in making sure that we utilize your hard-earned dollars exactly as you intend. We take every dollar received through private support seriously, and we are happy to show you how your gifts transform lives and make an impact.

See the Impact:

Illinois Corn Marketing Board

As the need for plant breeders increases, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board has again stepped up to meet the challenge by providing support for six additional fellowship years for graduate students in the University of Illinois Plant Breeding Center.

Farm Credit Services

Farm Credit Services of Illinois and 1st Farm Credit Services each gave $1 million endowments to support agricultural programs that educate young people, train future agricultural leaders, and support higher education in agriculture.

Cmarik Family

It’s safe to say that no one celebrates 90th birthdays quite like the Cmarik family.

To honor George Cmarik, former University of Illinois assistant professor in animal sciences, his daughter organized a student internship gift to commemorate his special day.

Rachel Kelley

Giving back took on a new meaning when Rachel Kelley began volunteering full time after having a “change of heart” through the Make A Wish Foundation. Kelley is from Highland Park and started giving back to the College of ACES in 2006.

Arlys Conrad

Passion for international travel and agriculture led Arlys Conrad to make a gift to the College of ACES in order to assist students and the Global Academy. Our Global Academy has a major impact on faculty and positions the College for international partnerships.

Donor encourages others to give back

Evelyn Brandt Thomas believes that if many people come together, even in a small way, to support a cause, the impact can be extensive. Co-owner and co-founder of BRANDT, she encourages others to join her in supporting 4-H, FFA and teaching young people about agriculture.

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