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University Family Drive

You Make It Happen.

Last year’s University Family Drive was pivotal. We challenged you to pitch in and help us reach fundraising goals that would help to qualify IUP for additional performance funding from PASSHE. 

You made it happen.

Your participation in last year’s University Family Drive helped IUP receive an extra $4.2 million in performance funding. That funding was used for numerous initiatives, including admissions recruitment, classroom enhancements, campus beautification improvements, and relief for the university’s budget deficit. Most of all, the overall effect of better budget health is that our students benefit.

Performance funding aside, whether you teach, coach, clean, make decisions, make repairs, patrol the campus, or counsel students—you are part of the unique IUP family, and odds are good that your work gives students reasons to love IUP. You can foster their love for IUP, and even show your own, by giving to the Foundation for IUP during the University Family Drive. By doing so, you make a strong statement. You demonstrate that you believe in your work and IUP's mission. When many members of the university family contribute, it sends a message to alumni and to those in Harrisburg that we care, that we are dedicated to our cause, and that we are, in turn, worthy of their support. When you support the university through the foundation, you help to provide students with an experience they come to love. In turn, when they leave us to go do great things for our world, they tend to support the next generation of students.

Making your gift is easy and can be personally rewarding. You can make a gift through payroll deduction—as little as a dollar a pay. You can write a check and send it in campus mail. Or, you can make a credit card transaction. See how donations like yours are used across campus to assist students with tuition, books, and other learning experiences

If the number of individual donations to support IUP programs and students increases this year, we stand to be rewarded additional budget money from PASSHE again. The same holds true if the sum total dollars of charitable support increases.  

This is a team effort, and each of us plays an important role in. Every donor counts. Your gift also can be applied to any program on campus—including any department’s programs and scholarships. You can direct your gift to benefit anything at IUP. 

We are telling alumni about this excellent opportunity, and it’s important for our immediate family to know, too.

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100 percent of goal

Goal: 550 donors

Thanks to the generosity of university family members so far, we have surpassed 100 percent of our goal. All donors will be invited to a victory reception hosted by President Michael Driscoll on April 14.

Questions? Find your answers here.

Print a pledge form to send to the Annual Giving Office via campus mail. Tonya Patterson will take care of arranging for your payroll deduction. Have questions or not sure what fund you want to support? Call Tonya at 724-357-5555. She will help you.

Pledge your support electronically. This form will be e-mailed to Tonya, and she'll take care of the rest.

Make a gift with your credit card online. This is a secure website, and it's as easy as 1-2-3.


Answers to Your Questions

I work here. Why should I give to IUP?

Each of us has a vested interest in the success of the university and the students we serve, and giving is a tangible way to signify our commitment and our belief in IUP students. Payroll deduction allows you to spread your commitment throughout the course of the year—it’s so easy. You may also choose to make a one-time commitment via check or credit card. Charitable foundations and other agencies often look at faculty and staff giving rates. By giving to IUP, you say to them that you believe the work of the university is worth their investment, too.

I gave a gift this year as a result of a phonathon call or a letter that I received—does that count?

Yes!  Many of our employees are also alumni of IUP, and, as such, may be solicited in other ways throughout the year. Gifts to IUP made via any solicitation during the course of a fiscal year (July 1- June 30) count toward University Family participation. So, if you made a gift after July 1, 2013, you are counted as a University Family donor for this year. Of course, you can choose to broaden your impact by making a second gift!

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes! Gifts to the Foundation for IUP are tax deductible, per IRS regulations. 

How much should I give?

Every gift, no matter the amount, is important to IUP’s future. Your participation in the University Family Drive—your belief in IUP’s potential—is what this campaign is all about.

These are examples of what your gift or approximate payroll deduction can do to assist a student, improve a classroom experience, or make the campus a nicer place.*

$25 ($1 per pay period)
Presentation supplies for two students; ticket for a student to attend an on-campus cultural event.

$50 ($2 per pay period)
CDs for the music library; medical supplies for a nursing simulation lab; a textbook for a student in need.

$100 ($5 per pay period)
Four student tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; pots and pans for the Culinary Academy; cost of a passport for a student to study abroad; contribution to an existing scholarship fund; a textbook for a student in need.

$250 ($10 per pay period)
Conference registration fees for a student to present research; lab equipment; naming a seat in Fisher Auditorium.

$500 ($20 per pay period)
Honorary or memorial tree on campus; a semester’s worth of books for a student in need; a departmental scholarship award; equipment or supplied for a science lab.

$1,000 ($40 per pay period)
Internship stipend for an unpaid experience; supplies for a faculty and student collaborative research project; technology upgrades for IUP Libraries.

My spouse works for a matching gift company. Does that help with the drive? 

It does! If your spouse works for a company that will match your donation, the impact of your gift could be doubled. Some companies that operate here in Indiana do have matching gift programs. Some examples include Dominion Gas, EME Homer City Generating Station, K-Mart, Sears, and PNC. Ask your spouse to check with his or her employer, or check Double your commitment through a matching gift.

More questions?

Send a message to

  • Development Office
  • Sutton Hall, Room 301
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2324
  • Fax: 724-357-2556
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.