- Property taxes - This is our most urgent need. Champaign Township more than doubled our tax bill, unexpectedly, to $80,000 per year. This is a direct result of our assessed land value increasing 500% in just one year. As we go through an appeals process that could take several years (joined by other Champaign fraternities), this is a financial burden we can't pass along to our student families.
- Upgraded kitchen equipment and increased food storage facilities – Previously, our chapter house kitchen was inspected by the University and held to the same standards as University food service. U of I has relinquished inspections to the Champaign County Health Department and our requirements are now the same as public restaurants. Meeting these requirements will be an expensive undertaking as we upgrade kitchen equipment and increase food storage space.
- Paying down our debt service from the original renovation – We have paid off one-third of the loan on the house, but the continued payments prevent us from having discretionary funds for future capital needs and unexpected expenses (like drastically increased taxes and unexpected kitchen equipment).
- House Advisor - As many of you recall, Gamma leadership committed to having a house advisor living with the Chapter. This individual helps secure our original investment by providing general maintenance, mentorship, and a guiding presence.
- Scholarships - In order to recruit and retain the very best students we can, Gamma has committed to a scholarship program to ease the financial burden of housing on campus.
In order to be competitive with other housing options on campus, especially in light of our increased tax bill and mortgage, we need your support. This is our time to recommit to our Chapter, our Brothers and our Fraternity. We can make a difference.
Please consider helping us with this campaign. To make a tax-deductible gift online please click here and be sure to designate your gift for GAMMA!
Otherwise, you can make a non-tax-deductible gift to Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Lambda through Paypal. Please click on the "Donate" button below to help support Gamma's continued growth and commitment to our active members on the campus of the University of Illinois.
Our donor levels are as follows:
LOS AMIGOS CLUB - $10,000+
KLAXON CLUB - $5,000 - $9,999
YELLOW ROSE CLUB - $2,500 - $4,999
ILLINIWEK CLUB - $1,000 - $2,499
PURPLE & GOLD CLUB - $500 - $999
FOUNDERS CLUB - $250 - $499
All gifts are welcome at the SUPPORTER level, too!
If you're interested in making a multi-payment pledge, please contact Eric Schmidt, '92, at (630) 207-4505. Thank you for your support!