Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign Concludes Friday

Six years ago the Faculty/Staff Campaign for the Annual Fund was reinstated and employees responded with an 80 percent participation rate.

The University’s Advancement Office is hoping to celebrate another successful participation rate when this year’s Faculty/Staff Campaign concludes on Friday, December 11.

The Annual Fund provides the basis for operating NWU from faculty programming to maintenance to scholarships. The fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating NWU students. Annual gifts to NWU are used the same way as tax dollars that support public institutions.

At its October meeting, the Board of Governors approved a resolution to adopt an initiative that NWU will double the Annual Fund within five years. In the past 20 years, the Annual Fund has remained nearly flat, increasing only 18 percent while student financial aid increased by 500 percent during the same time period.

Though the 80 percent faculty/staff participation rate was reason to celebrate in 2004, that particular campaign’s participation rate has also decreased in recent years. Last year’s faculty/staff participation rate, for example, was 53 percent.

As part of this year’s faculty/staff campaign, employees have been asked to imagine and share their dreams for the University that might be made possible through an increased Annual Fund.

So for the next week, write down your ideas and drop them in the Imagine:NWU idea box located in Great Hall. And then consider what you can do to make those ideas happen by making a gift or pledge

Weekly prizes are being drawn from a list of employees who make new gifts, create new pledges or continue existing pledges. At the conclusion of the Faculty/Staff Campaign, one name will be drawn for a grand prize of a parking stall of their choice.

For questions regarding the Faculty/Staff Annual Fund Campaign, contact Linda Birkes-Lance.