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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 Foundation Matching Challenge! Visit our MAKE A GIFT page for more information and to make your gift.

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 scholarship support)
  • Gifts for any other purpose than undergraduate scholarship support (i.e., graduate scholarships/fellowships, awards, building campaigns, etc.)
  • Deferred gifts

Is there a specific 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.

What if I want to make a pledge?

Pledges will be matched by the Grainger Foundation in full at the time the commitment is made*! This allows the impact of the match to begin immediately. If you are interested in making a pledge, please contact us.

*Please note, pledges paid via a donor-advised fund are not considered binding in the state of Illinois and therefore cannot be matched up front. Gifts made via donor-advised funds will be matched at the time they are received.

Can I use the funds from The Grainger Foundation Matching Challenge to help me reach the $25,000 minimum endowment level to have a named EVS 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 or pledge.

We look forward to helping you make your gift to the College of Engineering! Please visit our CONTACT US page for a complete list of staff available to assist you in making your gift.



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