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FAQ for The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge

What is The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge?

The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge will match all donations up to $25 million to Engineering at Illinois’ undergraduate scholarship endowments from January 1, 2017 — December 31, 2019.

How can I make a gift to qualify for The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge?

It is easy to support the College of Engineering through the Grainger Challenge Grant! Visit our GIVE NOW page for more information on making a gift.

What if I make a pledge at the end of the matching period?

Pledges booked before the end date of December 31, 2019, will be honored (pledges may not last longer than five years). The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge match will be applied to the corresponding fund as gifts are received.

What gifts qualify for a match from The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge?

  • Gifts to Engineering Visionary Scholarship Funds
  • Gifts to a new Engineering Visionary Scholarship Fund (min. $25,000 requirement)
  • Gifts to an existing endowed scholarship fund
  • Corporate gifts to an existing endowed scholarship funds
  • The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge will also match any employer contributions, which allows you to double, triple, or even quadruple your impact!

What gifts DO NOT qualify for a match from The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge?

  • Gifts to current use scholarship support (non-endowed scholarships)
  • Gifts to any other purpose than undergraduate scholarship support (i.e. graduate scholarships/fellowships, awards, building campaigns, etc.)
  • Deferred gifts

Is there a certain amount I have to give to receive the match from The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge towards my gift?

Gifts of any amount to an endowed undergraduate scholarship fund will be matched through The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge. However, if you wish to establish a new fund, you will need to reach the $25,000 minimum endowment level.

Can I use The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge to help me reach the $25,000 minimum endowment level to have a named fund?

No, the goal of The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge is to double the impact. For a new fund, donors will need to reach the $25,000 minimum level either with an outright gift/pledge and/or the assistance of an employer match.

Our professionals in the College of Engineering look forward to helping you make your gift to The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge.

Please visit our CONTACT US page for a complete list of professionals available to assist you in making your gift.



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