|*Hall of Fame||$500,000+|
|Loyalty Circle Platinum||$50,000|
|Loyalty Circle Gold||$30,000|
|Loyalty Circle Silver||$15,000|
|Loyalty Circle Bronze||$10,000|
|Block I||$ 6,000|
|**Illini Nation||$ 50|
* Lifetime giving with annual I FUND of Loyalty Circle Bronze or greater
** No Ticket/parking benefits at this level
Many members significantly increase the value of their donation (along with their benefits and privileges) by enrolling in their company's matching gift program (contact your employer for more details). Member benefits are based upon the total amount (the personal gift plus the company's match) the I FUND receives. Please note: If the total of your donation and the total amount matched by your employer does not equal the amount due to fulfill your pledge, you will be required to pay the difference in order to maintain the club benefits.
Courtesy Car Program
The University of Illinois maintains a courtesy car program with car dealers. This unique program provides special benefits to those providing DIA staff members the use of one of their vehicles. The availability of these vehicles allows the DIA to reduce expenses incurred in department travel, thus allowing more of our resources to be directed to the sports programs. Additionally, the vehicles help the DIA remain competitive in the marketplace for top staff.
Some of the benefits available to members include: a Block I Council membership, acknowledgement in all home football and men's basketball game programs, a complimentary season ticket package in football and men's basketball season parking pass, post-season ticketing priorities, complimentary football game-day buffet (up to 4 guests) in the Stadium Club, along with special invitations to exclusive I FUND functions. Interested parties should contact the Champaign I FUND office at (217) 333-6277 and ask to speak with a development officer.
A "gift in kind" is a donation of a product, items, or merchandise...in place of a cash donation to the I FUND. These gifts (examples: vehicles, catering, hotel accommodations, printing, air travel, maintenance supplies, paper products, turf chemicals and fertilizers, fuel, equipment, and clothing) must provide budgetary relief for the athletic department. If you would like to apply for "gift in kind" status, please contact the Champaign I FUND Office. All gift in kind transactions must be approved by the Director of Development, DIA business office, and the DIA gift in kind committee before qualifying for priority benefits.
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
While it is generally permissible for donors to direct gifts to The University of Illinois Foundation through donor advised funds (DAFs), there are restrictions imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that impact certain types of DAF contributions, including those to support the University of Illinois Athletics Department.
A contribution to qualifying DAFs (often held at community foundations) is treated by the IRS as a charitable contribution at the time of the contribution to the DAF. The donor may then advise to which charitable organization(s) distributions are made, such as to the I FUND. However, certain laws and IRS regulations prohibit a donor, donor advisor, or their family member from receiving more than incidental benefits as a result of the DAF distribution. The potential consequences of receiving impermissible benefits include jeopardizing the tax-exempt status of the entity maintaining the DAF and imposing significant excise taxes on the donor and/or their family member.
The impermissible benefits for a donor or family member to receive as a result of a gift made through a DAF includes the right to purchase athletic tickets and/or preferred parking privileges. Gifts to the IFUND at all membership levels provides benefits including the opportunity to purchase University of Illinois Athletics tickets and preferred parking. Therefore, neither the University of Illinois Foundation nor the University of Illinois Department of Athletics may accept a gift made through a DAF for I FUND membership, even if the donor ultimately chooses not to purchase the tickets.
However, a donor may still support the Illinois Athletics through a DAF gift if the donor declines all benefits that would otherwise be provided as a result of the gift. These gifts are directed into a University of Illinois fund that does not relate to I FUND membership, yet provides unrestricted support to the University of Illinois’ Department of Athletics. If the donor also wishes to become a part of the I FUND and receive the corresponding seating and parking benefits, a separate non-DAF gift may be made, which will result in membership benefits.
To learn more about supporting Illinois Athletics and the I FUND with a DAF gift, please contact the I FUND at (217) 333-6277 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For specific information regarding your legal or tax situation, please consult your own professional advisor.