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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 truly appreciate your support and know that your donation 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 Here

Sign up for a $50 Standard Individual Membership Here

Sign up for a $25 Low-Income Individual Membership Here

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 request form. You must schedule your hours in advance for them to count towards membership. You will receive membership once your hours are complete.


It's easy, it's 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 financial contribution today.


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 IMC is a 501c 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 website here.

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

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