University Family Drive

  • You Are the Heart Beat.

    Last year’s University Family Drive was pivotal. We challenged you to invest in your university--to create a resonating heart beat of philanthropy, and you responded. In fact, 64 percent more members of the university community supported IUP through the University Family Drive last year than over the previous year, and that created a beat that has caught the attention of alumni and friends whose support we also seek.  

    When that momentum builds...

    • More students receive scholarships. 
    • More academic departments have access to the latest equipment or receive funding to develop new programming.
    • And, our communities benefit, because they welcome our well-prepared graduates who are ready and able to meet the challenges of the future.

    Whether you teach, coach, clean, make decisions, make repairs, patrol the campus, or counsel students,you make IUP an outstanding place for our students to learn, and in turn, a rewarding place for each of us to work.  During these most formative years, our students are learning to become tomorrow’s problem solvers. They depend on you—to guide them, to mentor them, and to support them. At a time when costs are on the rise--for example text books, rent, and even fuel costs for our commuters--IUP students need your support. Each semester, many students are able to maintain their enrollment solely because of scholarship support they receive. Without it, and without donors like you, they would no longer study on campus. Also important, when you give, it helps to make them realize that they are lifelong members of our community, and it inspires them to return the favor by giving to IUP when they become alumni.

    Making your gift is easy and can be personally rewarding. You can make a gift through payroll deduction. You can write a check and send it in campus mail. Or, you can make a credit card transaction. How you do it and what area of the campus benefits is up to you. You might choose to give to the Fund for IUP, the Sutton Scholarship, the Lively Arts, Athletics, or to your own department or area of interest. See how gifts like yours are used across campus to assist students with tuition, books, and other learning experiences

    Bonus! If the number of individual donations to support IUP programs and students increases this year, we stand to be rewarded additional performance budget funding from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Every donor counts. 

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

     University Family Heart

    100 percent of goal

    Goal: 750 donors

    Thanks to the generosity of university family members,we surpassed 100 percent of our goal with a grand total of 796. All donors will be invited to a victory reception hosted by President Michael Driscoll on April 13.

    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, 2014, 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.*

    $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 or call the Annual Giving Office at 724-357-5555.