The Faculty & Staff Campaign

Welcome from the Co-Chairs

As your Co-chairs, we could not be more pleased to champion such an important endeavor. The theme for this year is “All In for UH,” which is our opportunity to send a powerful message to our donors, legislators, corporations, foundations, alumni and friends that we believe in UH.

While our “Here, We Go” Campaign has achieved a remarkable milestone, our journey is not over. Participating in the UH Faculty & Staff Campaign is our way to support the areas of the university we care about most. From February 17 – March 20, you’ll hear important messages about the transformations we create through our philanthropy and how you can help us continue to grow. Our goal this year is to reach 2,020 donors and we are counting on you to help!

Save the Date! We have an important date that happens in the middle of our campaign. On March 7, UH students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will come together to celebrate our Cougar pride and the University’s birthday for UH Giving Day. UH Giving Day is our call-to-action for all of us to:

  • Make a gift of any amount to the Fund for UH
  • Spread the word on social media – #UHGivingDay

Please mark your calendars so you don’t forget!

As faculty and staff, we invest our time and talent in the university and our students every day. Join us as we continue to support the growth and success of the University of Houston!


​2020 Faculty & Staff Campaign Co-Chairs:
Emily Messa, Associate Vice President for Administration
Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Chief Energy Officer

2020 Faculty & Staff Campaign Honorary Chair:
Robert “Bob” Carp​​

2020 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.

To make your gift: Online at and through the Pledge and Payroll Deduction form (pdf).

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 or through the Payroll Deduction Form (pdf).

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 during the fiscal year from 9/1 to 8/31 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

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.