University Family Drive: Your Investment Works for All of Us

Posted on 3/2/2015 11:01:24 AM

University Family HeartWhen you give a charitable gift to our university, you create opportunities for everyone.   

All faculty and staff members received University Family Drive materials in campus mail. Your participation is important--not only because it demonstrates to alumni and others that we believe we're worth their investment but also because it has a direct and positive impact on our students. Refer to last year's giving summary to see how private gifts impacted our students. In particular, gifts made through last year's University Family Drive raised $210,000 from 727 faculty and staff members who supported nearly 200 different departments, scholarship funds, and programs. Payroll deduction is an option for giving, or you may choose to make an immediate gift

If you have any questions about how to designate your gift, contact the Office of Annual Giving at 724-357-5555 or send an inquiry to You will find in the packet you received from the Annual Giving Office some suggestions for funds that benefit your department, or you might consider one of the following suggestions:

  • Study Abroad Programming fund (4769): Last year, 32 students were awarded $7,255 to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Imagine how many more could benefit, if they had access to the funds they need. Your tax-deductible gift could help a student with fees associated with obtaining a passport and visa, travel, living expenses, and more.
  • The Legend Club (8474), IUP Marching Band: Private gifts are used to cover travel and instrument inventory replacement. A current two-year priority is funding new uniforms (220 uniforms are needed, and they cost $625 each.)
  • Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center (4764): This outdoor facility, tucked between Stouffer Hall's two wings, provides future teachers with experience at teaching local elementary students about nature; student teachers and young learners alike benefit from the experience. The center is a local community resource as well as a treasured tool for education majors. When you support it, you support the work of local school districts as well as IUP students. 
  • IUP's Allegheny Arboretum (8481): When it comes to memories, IUP's Oak Grove is the most-mentioned place alumni refer to when they correspond with IUP. Of course, those memories formed when they were students. As well, future students tend to fall in love with the Oak Grove's shady sports and majestic trees. The arboretum cares for all of IUP's trees, including those in the Oak Grove, and works with the campus's Center for Turning and Furniture Design to recycle trees that we lose to weather and disease.