The Faculty & Staff Campaign

The University of Houston has seen incredible growth in the last 10 years, growth that would not have been possible without you, the visionaries who support and execute our mission each and every day. From teaching and mentoring to raising funds and implementing programs, your wholehearted commitment to UH and our students is the reason for our continued success. Together, we will build a Top 50 public research university.

In true Cougar fashion, faculty and staff have always answered the call of our university, our students and our community. Can we count on your gift to this year’s Faculty & Staff Campaign?

Your gift is not simply a monetary donation, but it is your vote of confidence in the students who look to us to provide them with the tools and resources they need to be successful.

Giving is easy. Simply give online, through cash/check or by signing up for payroll deduction. Designate your gift to the UH college, program or fund that matters most to you.

Please join us with your yearly gift and take pride in knowing your support is an example that others will follow. Make your gift to the Faculty & Staff Campaign today.

Thank you for your consideration.


2022 Faculty & Staff Campaign Co-Chairs:

David Bertman
Associate Dean for Special Initiatives
Director of Bands
Associate Professor of Music

Mardell Maxwell, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Admissions

2021 Faculty & Staff Campaign FAQS

1. Why is faculty and staff giving important to UH?

Faculty and staff participation plays a major role in ensuring the University of Houston’s success. As faculty and staff, we invest our time and talent in the university and our students every day, but our financial commitment is just as valuable to the reputation of UH.

Why is your participation important? You help by:

  • Influencing gifts from corporations and foundations, which consider faculty and staff giving rates when determining their own support;
  • Becoming a donor to UH Giving Day where the Cougar community comes together on one day and raise dollars and awareness for UH initiatives as we strive to become a top 50 public research university; and
  • Providing support to areas of the university that are most important to you!

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: GIVE NOW 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 or through the Pledge and 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.