Successful Completion of the Fueling Innovation Campaign


It is with great excitement that we announce the successful completion of Fueling Innovation: The Campaign for IIT! The campaign officially ended on August 31, 2016, exceeding our goal with a grand total of $250,242,380.

For a campaign to be successful, a small number of philanthropists must lead the way, and this campaign was no exception. We are grateful for the vision and generosity of six extraordinary philanthropists who contributed $10 million or more. In fact, half of the campaign came from our most generous benefactors, who contributed $5 million or more. But it is the giving of the alumni that makes us most proud. Alumni from every college and every decade stepped forward to support the campaign. Many stretched to make the largest gifts of their lifetimes; others told us of their plans to remember Illinois Tech in their estates. Many, indeed thousands gave $100 or $1,000 to show their support and pride. We are grateful for each and every one of our more than 15,000 donors.

This campaign has already begun to have an indelible impact on the university and the futures of our graduates. It will be known for the creation of 15 endowed chairs, the renovations of two core academic buildings, the promise of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, the new tradition of the Student Gift Program, and the launch of the Loyal Hawks monthly giving program.

We need to celebrate our achievements, but we understand that our work is far from over. On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, we ask that all donors continue giving to the university and supporting great students and faculty, world-changing research, facility improvements, and more. Our continued support is what will keep Illinois Tech moving toward the future.

We are proud to have been part of a movement that will leave such a tremendous mark on this university. Thank you for your partnership, support, and enthusiasm over the six years of this campaign.

Visit to make a gift online, or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800.IIT.ALUM (800.448.2583).


The Campaign for IIT
We Did It!
$250,242,380 Raised

Total Campaign Donors: More than 15,000

  • 15 Endowed Chairs
  • Capital Projects:
    • Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship: $34,692,977
    • Robert A. Pritzker Science Center: $5,016,867
    • John T.  Rettaliata Engineering Center: $10,352,436
  • $45,148,147 raised for scholarships and fellowships
  • Six families have made gifts of $10 million or more