Unrestricted Giving: The Fund for IUP

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    Unrestricted Giving—The Fund for IUP

    In today’s world, change is constant. The ability to adapt and to respond to change is paramount to success. Unrestricted gifts provide essential flexibility to enable IUP to seize opportunities and to meet the demands and challenges of today's rapidly changing educational environment. Opportunities for enrichment are constantly presenting themselves, and unrestricted support helps IUP take advantage of such opportunities—assuring IUP’s future stability and competitive edge.

    You may have also seen media reports that the cost of higher education is rising. Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities, including IUP, are receiving a smaller portion of their budgets from the state than ever before—only one third of IUP’s budget comes from the commonwealth. As the support from the commonwealth shrinks, the need for unrestricted gifts increases.

    In addition to dedicated faculty and staff, it’s the innovation and vision that sets IUP apart from its peer institutions—making the educational experience provided among the finest in the country. Unrestricted philanthropic gifts make it possible to build on funding and quickly capitalize on new technology and important breakthroughs. These gifts have great impact on the university’s ability to provide students with opportunities to succeed today so that they can become engaged, successful leaders tomorrow. By utilizing unrestricted monies, IUP can advance its mission, continue vital work, and increase its power and reach.

    Unrestricted dollars support:

    • Scholarships and Financial Aid – 78 percent of students receive aid. Scholarships help attract the best students. $156 million of financial aid was awarded to IUP students in 2009–2010.
    • Student Life – student stipends for internships, study abroad programs, student programming, and campus speakers.
    • Academic Life – library acquisitions and computer lab and science lab equipment.
    • Technology – alumni and student access to library databases, classroom and laboratory renovation, and computer equipment.
    • Faculty – recruiting, retention, research, teaching, and mentoring.
    • Campus Beautification – maintenance and improvements to facilities and grounds.
    • Institutional Development – establishing and maintaining partnerships to advance the university’s mission.

    You can make an impact on IUP by giving an unrestricted gift today through any of our established giving methods. Or, if you have questions, please contact the Office of Annual Giving.