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August 2020
UIF Advancement Insider
An inside update on services provided by the University of Illinois Foundation
UIF Information System Access and Security Changes Implemented

New security roles in TED and Hyland Onbase were implemented on Saturday, August 15.  The Foundation has created separate "view only" and "edit" roles for Interactions, and a Fundraiser “view-only” role, as well as separate and streamlined “view only” roles for Revenue and Marketing Communications.  These changes may have caused some users to lose access to functionality they have used in the past.  Leadership at each University reviewed lists of users for preliminary assignment to roles that will enable users to add and edit plans and interactions, or to be limited to a view-only role.  If you have questions or cannot access functionality you need, please contact UIF Advancement Information Management and Support at aims@uif.uillinois.edu.

FY20 Annual Endowment Statements

Progress on the FY20 Endowment Statements is underway!  Units should currently be reviewing their statement recipients for any active endowment funds and should also be working on their college’s impact quote to be included on their statements. Both of these action items are due by August 31st. Please contact Cassi Wildman cwildman@uif.uillinois.edu if you did not receive this request or have any questions!

System Updates

The Foundation is dedicated to making sure you have the best resources available for your advancement needs.  For this reason, we regularly update TED, UIF Online, OnBase, and BBIS.  The next scheduled updates are:  

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 - Service Pack Upgrade
Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Saturday, February 20th, 2020

During these updates the systems may not be available, but there will be a notification letting you know which systems will be affected and the timeframe.

Graduate and Student Loads

Summer Grads will be pulled and processed mid-September.

Fall Students will be pulled and processed in late September.

Monthly Faculty Staff Data

August Faculty Staff data has been loaded into the University Appointments area under the Relationships tab in TED.  Monthly Faculty Staff data is pulled from Banner on the 10th and loaded into TED on the 3rd weekend of each month.

Volunteer Timesheets in TED

Do you have volunteer data that you want loaded into TED?

Fill out an advancement support ticket and attach the data that you wanted loaded. Be sure to include TED IDs, Volunteer Job Name, Volunteer Job Occurrence, Start and End Dates. Please use the template example that is linked in the ticket request. 

If you want to be able to code records manually in TED with volunteer data please make sure to request the training in iLearn:  https://ilearn.uif.uillinois.edu/#/online-courses/08fad76a-3535-4b9d-9c85-748d4bcdfbed

Lastly, you no longer need to add Volunteer Hours in TED!  We now have a formula that predetermines the number of hours for each volunteer type.  The list of hours we use for each type will be added to the TED User Guide in the coming weeks.

New Foundation Designation Form

Check out the updated Foundation Designation Form!  We are encouraging everyone to utilize this new form in UIF Online.  

Click the link below to go directly to the form, or go to UIF Online and you will find the form by clicking 'Forms' on the left and then expanding the 'Fund' section. 

Foundation Designation Request Form

Opportunities for Gifts of Farmland

A recent  NPR Article details the growing trend of institutional investors buying land to diversify their portfolios. As the farming population ages there will be trillions of dollars of farmland changing hands. The article suggests that this emerging group of buyers has little personal connection to the land and may not have long-term investment upper mind. The article goes on to state that rural communities, wildlife and the climate could be impacted.

The University of Illinois Foundation with its long history of good stewardship of donated land is a compelling option for those planning farm succession. With an eye on sustainability and research at its fingertips – the U of I is poised to offer donors an opportunity to donate their land, receive tax deductions, and benefit students; all while keeping their legacy alive.

Please contact Gift Planning and Trust Services GPInfo@uif.uillinois.edu to learn more about ways to engage donors in farmland gift discussions.

TED Homepage

Check the TED Homepage every day!  It is constantly being updated with important dates and announcements.

TED Calendar - This shows you upcoming scheduled maintenance and important data updates that have occurred. 

News & Updates - This contains important announcements about TED, including any current issues, and other UIF system updates and information.  Be sure to subscribe to this to receive an email whenever something is posted.  To subscribe, click one of the posts and choose 'Subscribe' at the bottom.

Research & Portfolio Management (RPM)
Coming Soon - Portfolio Health Dashboard!

The Portfolio Health Dashboard will give fundraisers a broad overview of their active portfolio, helping to assess its size, how many plans are being worked on, whether plans are moving through the fundraising process, and whether ask amounts are commensurate with prospect ratings. Data can be viewed at a high level or drilled-down to make updates directly into plans in TED. Demographic information and geographic maps are also provided to aid with strategic planning. Look for this release in late August!

Portfolio Index Score

A question we get a lot in the Research and Portfolio Management Department is: What makes a good major gift prospect? High capacity? Age? Past giving? Consistent giving? Event attendance? Affiliation?


These indicators and more are all clues into whether someone is likely to make a gift. Sifting through all of that data piece by piece can be challenging, so we employ modeling techniques that aggregate the data and help us get a more holistic view of prospects. One example is the Portfolio Index Score, which considers and assigns weights to a variety of data points - helping good prospects float to the top of our searches. The Portfolio Index Score was developed to help us answer the question: “Which prospects are more likely to answer a call and/or take a visit from a major gift officer?” The higher a prospect’s Portfolio Index Score, the more likely they may be to accept a qualification visit, supported by prior analysis of referrals with varying scores. The Portfolio Index Score is just one of the tools in our arsenal that help us rank and compare prospects to find the best referrals, as we continually looking for ways to improve and refine our processes to make sure fundraisers receive the best-quality prospects for their portfolios.


UIF Learning and Development is currently updating all TED courses and creating new TED Tutorials. Watch this section each month for announcements as new training becomes available.

NEW TED Tutorials

Several Event related tutorials are now available in iLearn!

  • Enter Event Registrations
  • Mark Event Attendance
  • Build a Single Level Event
  • Event Nametags and Seating Notes
  • And more!

View the complete inventory of tutorials available in iLearn here.


Use the iLearn search feature as shown below to locate specific tutorials, or click the TED Tutorial tile on the home page to access the entire list.


New tutorials are always being created so watch for those announcements. If there are specific TED-related tasks that you would like to see available in a course, TED Tutorial, or job aid, please let us know at learn@uif.uillinois.edu.

New Courses Available
Introduction to Prospect Management in TED

Increasing philanthropic giving is a cornerstone priority for the University of Illinois Development Program, and TED is the central repository where these efforts are documented and tracked.  

This course will provide an introduction to the donor engagement cycle, the prospect information contained in TED, and where to find the information on a constituent’s record. We recommend everyone who can view or edit prospect management information takes this course.  

Available for self-enrollment under featured courses in iLearn.


Many of us interact with constituents on a regular basis. Keeping a record of these exchanges will help you and other Advancement professionals move the relationship forward in the future. 

This training will focus on viewing and recording Interactions that are unrelated to a fundraising strategy. We recommend those who can view or these interactions takes this course.

Available for self-enrollment under featured courses in iLearn.

Upcoming Live-Training Sessions



In partnership with the U of I Universities, UIF staff will lead a panel discussion around various Prospect Management concepts.

We recommend all fundraisers and their staff take this course after completing the “Updating Prospect & Plan Records in TED” or “Reading Prospect Records in TED” curriculum. In order to enroll in this ILC you must enroll in one of those curricula. We recommend the first to fundraisers, and the second to those who will be using prospect records less often.

Instructor: Shannon Sweeney, Training Specialist              

Dates offered:  

  • August 27, 1:30-3:30 – Online Webinar
  • September 16, 9:30-11:30 – Online Webinar


New Fund Creation and Fund DatabaseEndowment Administration

In this class we will cover the steps for creating new UIF funds, and where to find the appropriate forms and necessary information to ensure timely processing of your request.

We recommend this course to anyone in annual giving, business operations, major gifts, stewardship, and all support staff.

Instructor: Cassi Wildman, Gift Administration Manager

Date offered: Sep. 9, 10:00 – 11:30 – Online Webinar

We Want Your Feedback!

If you have comments about any of the courses that you have taken, suggestions for things that we can train on in the future, or topics that you wish had more content available please let us know! We would love to hear any feedback that you have at learn@uif.uillinois.edu.


Please feel free to email aims@uif.uillinois.edu for any feedback or content that you would like to see in future editions!

Future Dates for the Advancement Insider (on or around):

  • September 21st, 2020
  • October 19th, 2020
  • November 23rd, 2020