UIC Business Breaks #GivingTuesday Records

Thank you to those who participated in December’s Step Up for UIC Business Giving Tuesday challenge. Each year has improved upon the last, and this year’s Giving Tuesday was the most successful to date for both the college and the university.

This year, our college goals were to have a minimum of 100 donors participate in the challenge and to receive at least five gifts of $1,000 or more. Our Giving Tuesday 100 donor challenge was led by alumnus Dan Fortman CPA ’81, and our leadership donor challenge was led by alumnus Greg McKinney ’80.

Not only were those goals met, they were exceeded far beyond expectations:

• 152 donors made gifts—56 more than last year.
• $80,430 was raised for student scholarships, general support and other college funds. Last year, a total of $27,495 was raised.
• 19 gifts of $1,000 or more were made.

None of this would have been made possible without your generosity and commitment to UIC Business. This year’s Giving Tuesday results are one of the many examples of the great things we can do when we partner together to reach a collective goal. Below are some of our amazing leadership donors and explain why they support UIC Business.

Thank you again for stepping up and making UIC Business proud.

The dedication of the faculty at UIC Business is inspiring, and the drive of the students is incredible. Giving back allows me to pay it forward.

- Mac Gajek '74


I support the UIC College of Business because my education at the College formed the foundation of my future success, and for that, I am grateful.

- Peter King '78


I support the Chicago Cubs (season ticket holder since 1984) and UIC Business on Giving Tuesday. Get in the spirit and help us reach the 100 donor goal. Happy Holidays!

- Thomas Lechowicz '75


I give because I believe in the mission of UIC, UIC Business and the accounting department. In part, that mission is to give support to students from all backgrounds and demographics and to teach material that will enable them to complete our program and start successful and fulfilling careers.

- Michael Kirschenheiter, Professor and Department Head, UIC Business Accounting Department


UIC Business has a fantastic position right in the heart of Chicago. I enjoyed learning and being very connected to the business community at the same time - its literally blocks away.

- Matt Gorniak '02