We Make the Difference: University Family Drive Starts Today

Posted on 3/17/2017 11:23:37 AM

University Family, 2017Check your e-mail and your campus mailbox! The 2017 University Family Drive kicks off today. Led by a dedicated team of 60 volunteers—your peers—this year’s drive seeks to raise support from 800 employees, all to benefit our students. The drive ends April 21.

The amount you give is not as important as your participation. Read on to learn why. Or, give now to make an immediate impact

Working cooperatively for the greater good is the IUP Way. Each of us is engaged in work that impacts students and has the potential to change the fabric of our society. Our students are working to become leaders and problems solvers in their fields, and, with you, they can do even more. 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. In every sense, your gift can change our world. 

There are more reasons for your support. If the number of individual donors supporting IUP programs and students increases this year, we stand to be rewarded additional budget money from the State System. Last year, because of IUP’s progress towards established performance measures across the entire university, IUP received a performance award of $4.3 million. What’s more, those outside our community look at faculty/staff participation as an indicator of the university’s health. When we demonstrate that we invest in ourselves, others believe they are worthy of their investment. This is a team effort!

In the packets you’ll receive in campus mail, you’ll find a sampling of designations for your consideration; however, the Foundation for IUP has many other accounts that benefit students and the university in general, making the opportunities for your generosity nearly endless. The Dean’s Merit Scholarship funds for each college allow you to put your gifts directly back into the hands of students, for example. Designating to the Sutton Scholarship does that as well. And, as an added bonus, donors choosing to support the Sutton Scholarship fund this year will have their gift matched by the Foundation for IUP. Academic deans are offering college-specific match incentives, too.

The drive, operated by the Office of Annual Giving, runs through April 21. All those who give will be invited to a victory reception hosted by President Michael Driscoll on April 26.

You can find more information on the University Family website. If you have questions about where to designate your gift, contact the Office of Annual Giving at iup-giving@iup.edu or 724-357-5555.