Strengthen and broaden the intellectual footprint of the school by supporting faculty
Investments in Faculty and Their Research
At Booth, we're bullish about ideas, and we rigorously test them. At the heart of this process is Booth’s faculty, who are actively expanding the world’s understanding of the complex dynamics of markets, businesses, and organizations across disciplinary boundaries. Investing in faculty has impact that extends to the future leaders who are our students, and the current leaders throughout the world whose thoughts, policies, and actions we influence.
- Professorships. We must invest to attract and retain outstanding faculty in every area that matters to the study of management, growing the faculty and expanding our intellectual footprint in the process.
- Faculty research funds. Robust investment in research at Booth can reveal revolutionary, enduring knowledge. The campaign invites investors to accelerate the pace of discovery.
- Visiting faculty fellowships. As discovery accelerates, so does opportunity. The right visiting scholars—prominent faculty from other institutions—engaged at the right time will play a vital role in advancing momentum toward revelatory knowledge.
Support and leverage impact and influence by investing in centers and initiatives
The Center for Decision Research (CDR)
The CDR at Chicago Booth is adding to the world’s understanding of human decision making, and by extension is reshaping the lens through which scientists analyze and interpret the human experience. Our ultimate purpose: helping present and future generations make fuller and more virtuous use of their human intelligence, strength, and dignity.
Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC)
The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) is an interdisciplinary research and training institute focused on the economic and social consequences of energy policies. Our focus: meet future energy needs that will attend global economic growth—while limiting environmental and social harm.
The Initiative on Global Markets (IGM)
The IGM at Chicago Booth supports original research by Booth faculty on international business, financial markets, and public policy, and promotes a high-quality exchange of ideas. The IGM has helped Booth reap the rewards of faculty research through effective dissemination and influencing public debate.
The Kilts Center for Marketing
Chicago Booth’s Kilts Center for Marketing strives to attract and graduate the very best MBA talent who will go on to pursue successful marketing and general management careers, and to enhance the research environment and facilitate thought leadership among the school’s marketing faculty.
Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (BFI)
Milton Friedman, AM '33, and Gary S. Becker, AM ’53, PhD ’55, shared the belief that economics is a powerful tool for understanding the world. Following that belief, the BFI prepares and supports innovative scholars who apply economic analysis to our most challenging social and policy issues.
Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance
The Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance at Chicago Booth aims to foster research that will inspire the development of financial institutions, policies, and practices around the globe.
Match the expanding scope of student aspirations by offering new programs and promoting curricular innovation
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Polsky Center, working at the nexus of creativity and analytic rigor, sparks innovation and entrepreneurship both on and off campus. It is the foremost resource for students and alumni as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers—and the venture creation engine for the University of Chicago.
Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE)
The vision for the CIE: a space, a platform, and programming that acts as a catalyst to coordinate and strengthen existing resources across the University. The CIE also will strengthen links to the city of Chicago's innovation ecosystem. The CIE can fan the entrepreneurial flame at the broader University.
The Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI)
Today, more than ever, many of the world's most intractable problems are being addressed with market-based strategies, and the traditionally stark line between the public and private sectors is becoming increasingly blurred. The SEI applies rigorous thought and proven business practices to strategic decision-making and organization management across a range of social sector interests.
Attract an even broader pool of future leaders via scholarship support and global programs
In this highly competitive business school climate, scholarships can be leveraged strategically to attract future leaders who are likely to do great things with a Chicago Booth MBA. Increasing the number of endowed MBA scholarship funds is a top campaign priority.
Facilities, including the Center in Hong Kong
Each of Booth's campuses around the globe offers a state-of-the-art learning environment that reflects the caliber of student that Booth succeeds in attracting. Our facilities must continue to signal the high standards that are our signature. The permanent campus for the Center in Hong Kong is a key priority.
Global Strategy, including the Global Visibility Fund
The proper context for everything Chicago Booth does: the world. Campaign donors can help Booth extend our global reach without overtaxing our most important and scarce resource—faculty—and without diluting quality. The Global Visibility Fund provides resources to strategically promote and strengthen the Booth brand around the world.
Center in Delhi
The University of Chicago's Center in Delhi is an intellectual destination, a place to explore ideas across institutions and disciplines. It expands opportunities for collaboration with Indian universities, research institutes, and cultural organizations; and it serves as a focal point for engaging alumni in India and South Asia. The Center supports a growing body of Chicago Booth faculty and student work and helps encourage Booth alumni engagement in India.
UChicago Careers in Business (UCIB) Program
The University of Chicago Careers in Business (UCIB) program is an extremely successful collaboration between the College and Chicago Booth. It provides undergraduate students with a rigorous foundation for effective business leadership, preparing them to pursue their professional aspirations.
Chicago Booth's doctoral program in business—the first in the United States—trains prospective scholars to become highly skilled and innovative researchers. Booth doctoral students advance essential research, and will build long and fruitful careers doing so.
Better leverage and support our alumni, fostering leaders who can and do have transformative impact on the world
We know the sheer variety of career paths that open up for a Booth student can be overwhelming; we engineered it that way. Career Services at Chicago Booth is a resource designed to help both current students and alumni navigate a dynamically changing environment and make the most of their Booth preparation.
Expanded Programming for Alumni
Booth's 49,000 global alumni have built tremendous value for the world—and we’ve only begun to see what they’re capable of. Enhanced and new alumni support services, including improved networking, mentoring, professional development, and career advising, will help accelerate them on their paths.
Community Directory and Social Media
As part of the efforts to strengthen the engagement of alumni, Chicago Booth is developing a new online Community Directory to help alumni discover and build affinities. The school also is in the process of developing and executing a broad social media strategy that is intended to help better connect alumni with the school and each other.
Invest in the Annual Fund to ensure that we have the flexibility to pursue new ideas and opportunities as they are presented
Annual Fund gifts have a direct impact on Booth’s operating budget 20 times that of a comparable endowment. These gifts are critical in providing the resources necessary for the school to maintain its outstanding faculty, leverage campuses on three continents, and continue to attract the most promising students. To ensure that the new campaign will have the impact we envision, it is critical for us to secure the support of as many alumni as possible. To achieve this, we must realize a goal of 50 percent participation in alumni giving over the course of the campaign.