The University of Iowa Center for Advancement’s mission statement is:
Through engagement and philanthropy, promote the University of Iowa’s commitment to excellence.

Its vision statement is:
Inspire generosity. Exceed Expectations.

A nonprofit IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) organization, the UI Center for Advancement is independent from the University of Iowa. Located in the Levitt Center for University Advancement, the foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors that elects its officers and appoints its staff.

The UI Center for Advancement is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the University of Iowa. The university’s dedicated contributors fund a broad array of needs, from student scholarships, breakthrough research, and life-changing health care to innovative facilities, community outreach, and global education.

Levitt Center for University Advancement

The Levitt Center for University Advancement is home to the UI Center for Advancement. The facility, named for Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt and designed by renowned architect Charles Gwathmey (1938-2009), provides a central location for many of the university’s advancement-related activities. These include fundraising, alumni communications, and outreach; and events related to student recruitment, public relations, economic development, legislative liaison, and more.

Jeanne (1952 B.A.) Levitt of Des Moines and the late Richard (1952 B.A., 1954 J.D.) are two of the UI’s most generous benefactors and volunteers. In addition to their leadership support for the Levitt Center, the couple has supported numerous UI programs and initiatives with gifts and service. Richard Levitt was a lifetime honorary director of the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors and of the board of the Iowa Law School Foundation (which raises private support for the UI College of Law), and both are members of the University of Iowa Presidents Club Platinum, which recognizes the UI’s most generous contributors.

For information about the Levitt Center facility, contact Craig Mead, Director of Operations and Facilities at (319) 467-3627 or Levitt Center event space questions should be directed to Molly Torchia, Events Coordinator at (319) 467-3749 or