Giving Societies

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Introducing the New Founders Circle

As of July 1, 2019, the minimum giving level of the Founders Circle will increase to $1,000.  For more information, contact

The UIC School of Public Health has been supported through the years by the generous gifts of many loyal friends. We are proud to honor the distinguished group of leadership donors who, year after year, help the University prepare our students for success. Membership in the Founders Circle recognizes donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Benefits of membership include:

  • Invitation to annual Founders Circle reception.
  • Special communications from the Dean’s Office.
  • Exclusive invitations to public health lectures.
  • Founders Circle recognition items.

Meet the donors: Lanny and Terry Passaro

Since 2005, Lanny and Terry Passaro have been among the most generous individual supporters to the UIC School of Public Health. Their initial support was inspired by Lanny’s son, Dr. Douglas Passaro, who was an infectious disease doctor and professor of epidemiology at UIC. After Doug’s death, the Passaros, along with Dr. Sherry Nordstrom, who was Doug’s wife, knew that the best way to honor his legacy was to support public health students doing global health work. Together, they created the Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship.

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Legacy Society

Create a better tomorrow for public health students, educators and the communities they serve by including the UIC School of Public Health in your estate plan today.

You can direct your gift to any fund or program at the school, making a UIC SPH education more affordable for students inneed, or supporting research that improves people’s healthand changes lives.

Your gift helps us prepare the next generation of leaders, thinkers and doers and inspire answers to tomorrow’sbiggest challenges.

Meet the donors: Robert and Linda Kay

Robert Kay, DrPH, (MPH ’78) and wife Linda have established planned gifts for the UIC School of Public Health to support the strong community involvement in SPH MPH programs.

“I have a special feeling for UIC because they were the first to provide me with the skills and knowledge needed to protect public health,” Robert said.

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