University Family Drive—Join Our Students in Supporting IUP

Posted on 3/8/2019 1:59:39 PM

Terry Serafini surrounded by a group of IUP students

Students from each class were issued a big challenge this year by Terry Serafini ’61 to give back to IUP. He generously offered to triple the impact of every student gift of $5 or more made in support of the IUP Food Pantry (up to $25,000) as long as 100 freshmen, 100 sophomores, 100 juniors, and 100 seniors make a gift!

Our students are stepping up in a big way. They are rising to meet the challenge and have captured over $14,000 toward Serafini’s $25,000 match pool. And the year isn’t over yet. Gifts from students continue to stream into the Office of Annual Giving.

The Graduation Fair will be held early next month in the HUB Ohio Room, and many seniors will be making their senior class gift when they pick up their graduation regalia. Seniors have elected to lend their support to the IUP Food Pantry, and students who give a gift of at least $20.19 will receive crimson and gray philanthropy cords to wear at graduation. These cords represent a lifelong reciprocal relationship between students and the university.

Employees who choose to participate in the University Family Drive this year join the more than 391 current students who have made gifts to support IUP programs.

“Your participation in the University Family Drive is important,” said Stephanie Sell, interim director of Annual Giving. “Your gifts enable our students to achieve their dreams and to imagine unlimited possibilities. If you’ve already made your commitment, thank you!”

When many employees participate in the drive, it sends a message to those outside our university that we believe in our mission and are worthy of their investment.

The University Family Drive runs through March 29. It is more than 57 percent of the way to the goal of 825 donors. For more information on how you can make an impact on IUP students, including how to download a pledge form, make an electronic commitment via payroll deduction, or use the secure link for credit card payments, visit the University Family Drive website. Gifts are tax deductible, following IRS regulations. Please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 724-357-5555 or iup-giving@iup.edu with any questions.