Standard Boilerplate Content: Brilliant Futures Campaign
The Brilliant Futures Campaign was publicly launched June 1, 2007 at an event attended by over 1,115 alumni and other supporters at Chicago's Navy Pier. The Campaign began on July 1, 2003 with its “planning phase”and will continue its eight-and-one-half-year quest through year-end 2011.
Of the total $2.25 billion campaign objective, $1.5 billion is the goal for the Urbana-Champaign campus; $650 million is for the Chicago campus and $28 million is for the Springfield campus. The combined goal for University administration and the U of I Foundation is $72 million.
The Brilliant Futures Campaign, with a goal of $2.25 billion, will rank among the elite and largest campaigns for higher education in the nation. At the time of its launch, there were just 10 campaigns that were, or have, been launched or completed that are larger.
The Brilliant Futures Campaign is the third comprehensive capital campaign for the University of Illinois. The initial fundraising endeavor, Campaign for Illinois, exceeded its $100 million goal by raising $137 million between 1979 and 1985. The second effort, Campaign Illinois, was launched in 1991 with a goal of $1 billion. When the campaign closed on December 31, 2000, gifts totaled $1.53 billion, making this fundraising effort one of the largest ever conducted by a public university at that time.