Campaign Helps to Build Belief

Posted on 2/14/2011 1:41:29 PM

Set to launch Wednesday, February 23, the University Family Campaign seeks participation as much as it does funding.

“This campaign—perhaps more than any other—serves as proof to the outside world that those who work here believe in the university’s mission and in our students’ potential,” said Emily Davis Smeltz ‘01, M’02, director of Annual Giving. “It’s not unlike showing pride in ownership. If those who are closest to the university pledge their support, then our fundraising staff has a key talking point when soliciting gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, and others outside the immediate IUP community. If our faculty and staff trust and believe, then others may also trust and believe. Having 100 percent participation from faculty and staff is a compelling endorsement.”

In the past three years, faculty and staff have donated over $71,000 to more than seventy IUP programs and scholarships, assisting students in many ways. Within the next week, all employees will receive a list of every fund in the Foundation for IUP, making it easy to designate a gift to programs of interest. Gifts that are not designated will be directed to the Fund for IUP, a general account that assists the greatest need at any given time.

Faculty and staff members are invited to celebrate the campaign’s launch on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at Starbuck’s in Folger Food Court. Starbuck’s will provide complimentary coffee and danish to employees who drop in from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Those who participate in the campaign, including those who already give through payroll deduction or are renewing their support through June 2011, will be eligible to do the following:

Participate in I-Give day, which allows you to wear jeans along with an IUP sweatshirt/shirt on March 31. Pick up your button that shows that you are eligible wear jeans at the kick-off coffee or contact the Annual Giving Office to receive one.†

Enter a drawing to win:

  • A Dell Inspiron Duo convertible tablet
  • A Sheetz gift card
  • A complimentary three-month membership to the James G. Mill Center for Health and Fitness
  • Complimentary lunch for two in the Oak Room
  • Lunch for four at Benjamin’s
  • Co-op Store gift card

Contributions do not increase odds of winning. To enter the drawings without making a gift, contact the Office of Annual Giving at 724-357-5555.

Divisions that achieve 100 percent participation will receive an I-Give certificate to be proudly displayed in all division departments.

†To be entered in the drawing, all forms/gifts must be received in the Annual Giving office by 10:00 a.m. on March 24.

Learn more about ways to Support IUP.