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Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Many Ways To Join The IMC!

There are many ways to get involved with the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center!

We believe that the UCIMC plays a fundamental role in creating more equitable and thriving community. 

We truly appreciate your support and know that your financial donation or your donation of your time is being used to foster the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives and promote empowerment and expression through media and arts education.


Membership is a vital part of the UCIMC.  Members govern the organization, elect the board, and contribute financially to the sustainability of the UCIMC.  Membership benefits include the ability to host a show on WRFU, serve as key staff to a program, and discounts on space rentals.

Sign up for a $100 Organizational Membership

Sign up for a $50 Standard Individual Membership

Sign up for a $25 Low-Income Individual Membership 

If paying for membership may present a hardship, you may elect to become a member through SWEAT EQUITY by giving 5 hours of volunteer time doing specific tasks in return for an annual membership. Tasks include staffing open hours, staffing events, or other tasks assigned by our staff. To take advantage of this, please complete this Sweat Equity request form. You must schedule your hours in advance for them to count towards membership. You will receive membership once your hours are complete.

If you would prefer to mail in your membership, you may download this printable membership form.

SUSTAINING FUND MEMBER -- commit to ongoing yearly support

The Sustaining Fund was created to supplement (not supplant) existing IMC revenue streams. The fund is to be sustained by individuals and organizations that commit to repeated annual donations or as long as they are able. Sustainer fund members may choose to discontinue their contribution at any time.

Our goal is to offer IMC supporters a way to show their long-term commitment to the financial health of the IMC and the preservation of this historic building. The Sustaining Fund is intended to hasten paying off the mortgage within ten years, leveraging each donation to improve the IMC's long-term financial stability; assist paying building operational costs not fully funded by existing IMC revenue streams, thereby improving the IMC's short-term viability; and making contributions to the emergency fund to ensure unanticipated major expenses such as roof or boiler repairs do not jeopardize the IMC's financial health.

The goal is to raise an ongoing yearly pledge amount of $30,000 from Sustaining Fund members and organizations.

Individuals or organizations may choose one of six levels of ongoing yearly support to the Sustaining Fund:

  • Level I Sustainer | $250 - $499
  • Level II Sustainer | $500 - $999
  • Level III Sustainer | $1,000 - $2,499
  • Level IV Sustainer | $2,500 - $5,000
  • Level V Sustainer | $5,000 or more
  • Level VI Bequeather | Any amount

Contributions can be made in either yearly or quarterly installments. The UC-IMC is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-exempt. Checks should be made out to "UC-IMC Sustaining Fund." You can also become a Sustaining Fund member on our web-form.


As a member of the UCIMC, you get a host of great benefits! These include the ability to:

  • Sustain the UCIMC for the future.
  • Participate in governing the organization -- elect the board and/or serve on the board. The IMC would cease to exist without an active board.
  • Propose a show on WRFU 104.5, the IMC's low-power, community-run radio station.
  • Serve as the key holder for an IMC Working Group.
  • Get discounts on event space rentals at the IMC.
  • Access to meeting space at the IMC several times a month free of charge.
  • Propose the IMC co-sponsor your events.


When you buy groceries or donate to Community Shares of Illinois, supporting the IMC is easy, accessible, and you'll be supporting the UCIMC without having to think about it!   Check out all the options here. 


The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center receives numerous grants and we are grateful for every single one but nothing compares to financial contributions from our supporters.  They provide more flexibility that allows us to maintain our historic building in downtown Urbana, provide scholarships to individuals to attend independent media conferences, support community programs, and many other things.  Please consider making a one-time financial contribution today.


Join a Working Group:

Don't forget to check out our many working groups and projects - there's sure to be one that sparks your interest!

Join a Committee:

Programming, Facilities, Finance, Personnel, Fundraising and several other ad hoc committees are hoping to hear your input. 

email the tech people <> to be added to a committee's email list. 

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