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The Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation appreciates your support!

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Why Give?

“To succeed, the United States must do two things:  (1) discover new scientific knowledge and technological potential though research and (2) drive high-end, sophisticated technology faster and better than anyone else. 

  • We must make new discoveries, innovate continually, and support the most sophisticated industries. 
  • We must also continue to bring new products and services to market faster and better than anyone else, and we must design, produce, and deliver to serve world markets. 
  • We must recognize that there are natural global flows in industry, that, the manufacture of many goods will inevitably move from country to country according to their state of development. 

Manufacturing may start in the United States, then move to Taiwan, then to Korea, and then to China or India.  These megashifts will occur faster and faster and will pose enormous challenges to our nation.”

Charles M. Vest (1941-2013), President Emeritus, MIT; Past President, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Vest's comments delivered in 2005 are even more relevant today.  If the United States is to remain competitive with other countries, it must invest in the scientific, technological, and economic future of the United States.  Why give to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation?  Because it is your opportunity to invest in that future.  Your contributions will support the best of our nation's medical, science, and engineering graduate students.  For corporations, foundations, and individuals,  the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation provides a unique and cost-effective way to provide direct support for the most promising scholars in STEM at five major research universities in the state of Illinois:

Giving Options

  • Named Scholar Award of $7,500 or more
    • A $7,500 donation provides one student with a one-year award in the name of the donor.
  • ARCS Illinois Scholar Award Fund
    • Gifts of any size may be made to the Scholar Award Fund.  100 percent of all donations goes directly to scholar support.
  • Gifts of Stock
    • Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock or other securities.  Please contact us at to obtain instructions.
  • Underwriting
    • Corporations and individual donors have the opportunity to support ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter by underwriting the annual Scholar Awards Event and other events at various levels. Contact us at to obtain more information.
  • Corporate Matching Gifts
    • Many corporations encourage their associates to contribute to qualifying charitable organizations. A matching gift program offers a way to double associates' contributions to their favorite charitable organizations. Contact your employer to determine whether or not the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation is part of their matching gift program, and if not, how it might be added to the list.  All matching gift contributions go to the Scholar Award Fund unless otherwise designated.
  • Planned Giving
    • Consider naming ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter in your estate plan. Contact us at for more information.

How Do I Give?

Online: To make an online donation to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation, please visit our online donation page.

By Mail: You may also make a donation to the Illinois Chapter of ARCS Foundation by sending a check to the address below:

              ARCS Foundation, Inc. Illinois Chapter
              C/O Nancy Whitford, Co-President
              1301 Old Farm Road
              Champaign IL 61821

More Information

  • ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter Federal Tax ID is 36-2936845
  • ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter is registered with the State of Illinois; our file number is 51106768.
  • ARCS Foundation Inc. Illinois Chapter is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 
  • Donors may deduct contributions to ARCS Foundation Illinois Chapter as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.