The Faculty & Staff Campaign
Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Welcome to the 2019 Faculty and Staff Campaign! As your Co-chairs, we could not be more pleased to champion such an important initiative. The theme for this year is “Raising the Bar,” which echoes our bold aspirations to go beyond what we believe is possible. While our “Here, We Go” Campaign has achieved a remarkable milestone, our journey is not over. We have much more that we want to accomplish as a higher education institution of the 21st century.
Whether through student and faculty support, facility enhancements or research initiatives, there are many areas where you can create transformative change in the life of the University. Each week during the Campaign, you will receive messages about these priorities and how your investment can move the needle.
As faculty and staff, we have the power to ensure UH remains true to its mission. Join us as we work to ensure UH remains at the pinnacle of enduring success. Let’s raise the bar!
2019 Faculty and Staff Campaign Co-Chairs:
Antonio D. Tillis
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Richard A. Baker
Assistant VC/VP, Office of Equal Opportunity
UH Title IX Coordinator
2019 Faculty & Staff Campaign FAQS
1. Why is faculty and staff giving important to UH?
The $1 Billion Campaign for the University of Houston is the largest fundraising effort UH has experienced in more than 25 years. We have entered an era of unprecedented revitalization and growth that will position us to be even better prepared — in terms of facilities, technology and people — to serve the evolving needs of our students, our community and the world. We all have a stake in UH’s continued progress. Our support will send a powerful message that is sure to inspire potential contributors.
2. Who can participate in the campaign?
All full-time, part-time and adjunct employees are encouraged to participate. Additionally, if you are a UH graduate, your gift to the campaign will also impact the University’s alumni participation rate, which is reported to U.S. News & World Report.
3. How can I contribute to the Faculty & Staff Campaign?
There are several ways. By far the most popular option is payroll deduction. A modest monthly contribution can, over several years, multiply into a sizeable gift. If you prefer, you can also make a one-time gift.
Or Mail to:
University of Houston Gift Processing and Records
P O Box 867
Houston, TX 77001-0867
4. Does it matter how much I give?
The goal of the Faculty & Staff Campaign is participation. It’s not about the size of the gift. It’s about the participation rate, and we truly hope we can achieve 100 percent participation. Faculty and staff participation is measured by the number of current full-time faculty and staff donors divided by the total number of current full-time and permanent part-time UH faculty and staff.
5. Is there a minimum amount for payroll deduction?
Yes, there is a $2 minimum for all gifts including cash, check, credit card and payroll deduction gifts
(by pay period).
6. Where can I direct my gift?
Whether you make a gift to support endowments to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, invest in the University’s research enterprise or provide scholarships to ensure deserving students can follow their dreams, you are helping to transform the future of our University.
In fact, all gifts to the University from faculty, staff and retirees will count toward the campaign. So no matter where you direct your contribution, you’ll help UH. A complete list of giving options can be found in the drop-down menu of the Pledge Form on the online giving page at https://giving.uh.edu/uhgivesback/ or through the Payroll Deduction Form in P.A.S.S.
7. Can I give in memory or in honor of someone?
Absolutely. Many people make gifts to UH in memory of a loved one, in honor of a trusted colleague, or in appreciation of a beloved faculty member for the exceptional education they provided.
8. Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes! All gifts to UH through the Faculty & Staff Campaign are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
9. I have already made a gift this fiscal year to my college faculty and staff campaign. Does this count in the campaign?
Yes! All gifts made by UH employees from 9/1/2017 to 8/31/2018 will be counted in this year’s campaign.
10. When will my payroll deduction start?
If you start a new payroll deduction or change a current payroll deduction, the new deduction will begin as HR uploads these changes. (Payroll deduction can take up to 3 weeks to start, based on when the form is received.) To ensure prompt accounting of your gift, we recommend submitting your gift to Gift Processing and Records as noted in #3 of this document.
11. Can I make a gift jointly with my spouse or partner?
Yes! Indicate on the payroll deduction form or the gift card that the contribution is a joint gift and provide your name and the name of your spouse or partner. If your spouse or partner also works at UH, he/she will also receive credit for participation.
12. Will my gift be matched?
If your spouse works for a matching gift organization, your gift can be matched. Simply indicate that information on your pledge form and ask your spouse to complete their company’s matching gift request form.
13. Who knows if I’ve made a gift?
Gift amounts are always confidential and will never be shared with anyone.
You have the option to have your gift recognized/publicized by name only, or you can choose to remain anonymous.
14. What if I leave UH before my pledge is completed?
Your pledge is considered a good-faith intention; it is not considered a debt. We realize that personal circumstances can change. So if you find you need to change your pledge, we encourage you to call the Advancement Office to discuss it with us.
15. Who receives participation credit for my gift?
Each UH employee’s participation is credited to the unit in which they work. Human resources determines where an employee’s employment assignment.
16. How do I make a naming gift?
For a qualifying naming opportunity (endowed scholarships, space naming, etc., a UH Development Officer is available to help. Please contact Sophia James at 713-743-7569 or email@example.com.
17. If I make a naming gift, do I need to pay it out all at once?
No. Pledges to the campaign can be fulfilled over a period of up to five years. Many have found that fulfilling a pledge over several years can be a great way to make a larger gift to UH than they originally thought possible.
Week Five: Building a Nationally Relevant Athletics Program
It’s hard to believe that we have entered the last week of the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign. With your help, we can continue propelling UH to the next level and beyond. While there are many causes that are important to our long-term success, one area that solidifies the University as a cornerstone in our respective communities is our renowned athletics program. The University prides itself on its rigorous pursuit of a nationally ranked athletics program, providing students with opportunities to progress towards meaningful degrees and a rewarding future. Success on the field translates into lifelong lessons that can be applied to both academic and personal pursuits. While benefiting student participants, our robust athletic program forges a strong sense of community and showcases the best of what UH has to offer in terms of our mission and academic portfolio.
As we near the end of our campaign, be sure and watch out for details regarding a post-campaign celebration.
Week Four: Building a Healthy Economy
We only have one more week until we conclude this year’s UH Faculty & Staff Campaign. Don’t miss your opportunity to transform UH into an even more impressive institution. It’s not too late to make your gift! The University of Houston enriches the educational experience by preparing students to sustain the city’s global advantage and make an impact. Backed by a Tier One education, students leave the University with the acumen to competitively succeed in a multitude of disciplines. With more than 63 percent of alumni choosing to remain in the region, your gift not only impacts the lives of our students and entire campus, but also fuels our local economy. Our graduates are adding value to today’s workforce and leaving their mark throughout our neighboring communities.
“The University of Houston is positioned amidst a booming metropolis where partnerships and collaborations take place every day, ultimately benefiting the students and the community at-large. The new health building, for example, provides a place where brilliant minds can converge to develop ground-breaking research with world-changing implications.”
Michael Napoli (’81, MS ’86)
Week Three: Attracting and Retaining Top Faculty
We are deep into the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign and need to stay on course to ensure UH remains on the forefront of academic excellence. One of the ways UH has remained on the pinnacle of higher education is through our expert faculty. Our faculty, across all disciplines, is stronger than ever. Thanks to our deans and faculty, we successfully added 19 members of the National Academies of Engineering and Sciences to our roster in the past decade. Not only are our faculty members commended for preparing our students for the competitive landscape, but their research has earned them notable publications and accolades.
The impact that a faculty member has on a student’s academic journey can be seen in and out of the classroom. Numerous studies show that faculty behaviors and attitudes affect students profoundly, suggesting that faculty members may play the single-most important role in student learning. Because faculty members significantly contribute to the college experience, we need to ensure that we have the proper resources to attract and retain top faculty. You can help us do just that by contributing to the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign today at https://giving.uh.edu/gift/.
“In Houston especially, individuals, businesses and foundations give for the same reason; they do want that margin of excellence, and they see that philanthropy is how we’re going to achieve it. You have to give back. You have to make society better. To achieve excellence, you need to be a part of the process to make excellence a continuing endeavor for future generations.”
Former Dean of Libraries, Professor Emeritus and UH Donor
Week Two: Enriching Student Life with State-of-the-Art Facilities
We’re in week two of the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign and ready to lead UH to new heights with state-of-the-art facilities! Over the past 10 years, the University has invested in new academic spaces, teaching/research labs and infrastructure support to sustain and enhance campus resources. This year, we are celebrating the grand opening of the Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building, Health Building II and the Indoor Football Practice Facility―and this is just the beginning.
As UH continues to evolve, quality must guide every process and every decision. This philosophy will result in the highest standards of teaching and learning; unmatched customer service to our students and a campus-wide climate of educational prominence. We need your help to keep up this momentum and provide our students with the full UH experience. Join us in this exciting journey. Make your gift today at: https://giving.uh.edu/gift/.
“I know many of the resources that UH provides are the result of our generous donor community, and that is one of the main reasons why I decided to attend UH. I could see that UH was going to be a place of growth and diversity. When you give to UH, you are giving in a much broader sense, in terms of impact.”
Suchit Kasimsetty (’18)
Week One: Opening Doors with Scholarships and Fellowships
Welcome to the first week of the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign! In the coming weeks, we will share why it is important to advance the University of Houston to the next level with your participation, and what we hope to gain in this important initiative. In concert with the University’s “Here, We Go” Campaign, the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign aims to support five core priorities: scholarships and fellowships, state-of-the-art facilities, top faculty, a healthy economy, and a nationally relevant athletics program. This week, we want to observe the importance of scholarships and fellowships to the long-term success of our students. Do you know that many of our students work 35 or more hours per week just to supplement the cost of their education? Trying to balance their studies, extracurricular activities and job responsibilities often hinder their ability to graduate on time. With your help, you can provide an environment where our students thrive academically, knowing they have the proper tools at their disposal — and the support of a caring and compassionate community.
“I will always credit UH for affording me great opportunities and a successful career. I believe there are times when students need legitimate support, and if we have the means to provide those resources, we should play an integral role. The University is on an impressive, upward trajectory right now, and is positioned to be one of the most significant higher institutions in our state. Contributing to this journey is something that I welcome.”
Gregory Perrin (’92, MFA ’95)