The Faculty & Staff Campaign
Week Five: Building a Nationally Relevant Athletics Program
This is it, team — the bottom of the ninth in our Faculty & Staff Campaign! As of today, we’ve reached a 21.4% participation rate. Thank you to all our faculty and staff who have stepped up to the plate and pledged their support. A special thank you to our Co-Chairs, Professor Michael Olivas and Dr. Augustina “Tina” Reyes, for their generous $100,000 Challenge Match, and to all faculty and staff members who rose to the occasion to meet that match. Together, we did it! But the “Here, We Go” Campaign is just beginning. Your participation matters, and your gift of any amount makes a huge difference. As a gesture of our appreciation, all faculty and staff who have participated in the Campaign are invited to join us for a celebration on Thursday evening, May 18 at the Wortham Theatre Lobby. Keep an eye on your inbox for the official invitation! In our last weekly message, we are focusing on building a nationally relevant athletics program. It has been said that athletics are the “front porch” of a university: an invitation that draws others into our Cougar community. Our student-athletes work hard, in the game and in the classroom. New buildings like the Fertitta Center and Indoor Football Practice Facility will give them the state-of-the-art facilities they deserve, and help UH recruit the best student-athletes and coaches. We’ve made huge strides in recent years, but Coogs don’t rest on their laurels. Here, we go for gold! “In my opinion there is no greater feeling than running track with Houston across my chest, because I am representing the greatest city and the greatest University.” – Bailee Logsdon (’17), Track & Field, President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee
On January 18th, the University of Houston announced the largest fund raising effort in its history with the public launch of a $1 Billion Campaign. It is designed to raise funds needed to support the University’s priorities and move its many colleges forward in a strategic direction. As we set forth on this ambitious undertaking, we are encouraging faculty, staff and retirees alike to make gifts in support of the university’s future. The UH Faculty & Staff Campaign is an opportunity for the UH community to lead the way in the campaign’s success which will begin on April 3rd and run for a month, ending on May 3, 2017. The Faculty & Staff Campaign is an opportunity for UH faculty and staff to invest in the university and is an example of employee engagement that is sure to inspire others to 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to help make our University a better place. Our giving sets the pace. To show our commitment to this Campaign, we are pledging to match any gifts by UH Faculty or Staff, dollar for dollar, to a maximum of $100,000. We both feel strongly that giving begins at home, and UH has been our professional home for many years. 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 signaling a powerful belief in the future of our University—and beyond. 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 remain a place that defines the very future of education. To make a donation, complete your online pledge form today. You can make a one-time gift or donate through payroll deduction (up to 60 months) and also designate the campaign priority of your choice. However much you give and the form it takes are up to you, but we urge you to join us in this Campaign. Please join us in making your commitment for the future of UH. Thank you. Sincerely, your UH colleagues,
Michael A. Olivas, Co-Chair William B. Bates Distinguished Chair UH Law Center
Augustina H. Reyes, Co-Chair Professor, Dept. Educational Leadership & UH Law Center Policy Studies UH College of Education
Procedure for Olivas/Reyes Faculty and Staff Campaign Challenge Match
- The Faculty and Staff Campaign Challenge Match (“Challenge Match”) will be used to encourage faculty/staff participation in the Here, We Go Campaign.
- The Challenge Match will be a 1:1 match (capped at $1,000 per donor) for faculty/staff on a first-come, first-served basis with the funds following the donor’s funds starting on January 19, 2017 and continuing through the end of the Here, We Go Campaign or until the Faculty and Staff Campaign Challenge Match funds are maximized.For example:
- $1,000 gift to Athletics will be matched with a $1,000 Challenge Match to the same allocation within Athletics
- $60,000 gift to GCSW will be matched with a $1,000 Challenge Match to the same allocation within GCSW
- $1,000 pledge to Bauer with a payment of $500/year over two years will be matched with a $500 Challenge Match to the same allocation within Bauer each year the payment is made (see #3 for additional clarification.)
- Recurring payments (Monthly credit card/payroll deduction) of $10 for three (3) years totaling $360 will be matched with a $360 Challenge Match to the same allocation
- The Challenge Match will only match gifts received and cannot be reserved with pledges.
- Jordan Tucker, Manager of Gift Compliance (713-743-7738 or firstname.lastname@example.org), will monitor the Challenge Match on a monthly basis. Once qualified faculty/staff giving surpasses the $100,000 mark, Gift Compliance will coordinate distribution of the Challenge Match funds to the appropriate allocations. That is, the Challenge Match funds will be matched one-time.
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 fuel and inspire other 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. 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.
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 please visit: Online at https://giving.uh.edu/gift Payroll deduction: You may download a payroll deduction form, or set up your payroll deduction using P.A.S.S. Print a Gift Commitment Form and mail to: University of Houston Gift and Processing 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.
5. Is there a minimum amount for payroll deduction?
Yes, there is a $2 minimum for all 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/gift 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 9/1/2016 to 8/31/2017 will be counted in this year’s campaign.
10. When will my payroll deduction start?
If you are starting a new payroll deduction or changes to 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.)
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?
Yes! 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. Can I make a deferred gift during the campaign?
Deferred gifts — such as gift annuities, bequests, charitable remainder trusts and life insurance policies — also count toward this campaign. If you already have named UH as a beneficiary in a planned gift, we would like to properly acknowledge your generosity. Please contact Sherrie Mueller, Associate Director of Gift Planning at 713-743-4259 or samuell2@Central.UH.edu to assure our records are accurate.
15. How do I make a naming gift?
For a qualifying naming opportunity (endowed scholarships, faculty endowments, space naming), a UH Development Officer is available to help. Please contact Connie Loyd, Sr. Director of Advancement at 713-743-8116 or clloyd2@Central.UH.edu.
16. If I make a naming gift, do I have 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.
17. 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.
Week Four: Building a Healthier Houston Economy
We’re in the home stretch of our Faculty & Staff Campaign! Click here and log into the intranet to see a list of the participation rate of each college and unit, which we hope will inspire a bit of friendly competition in these final two weeks. UH Libraries is leading the pack with a 58 percent participation rate, with the Graduate College of Social Work close behind with 48.2 percent. To express our appreciation for your commitment, all donors to the Faculty & Staff Campaign — no matter the amount of the gift — are invited to save the date for a celebratory reception! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 18 at 5:15 p.m. The on-campus location will be announced soon. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details. Of the five “Here, We Go” Campaign priorities, this week’s focus — creating a healthier Houston economy — is perhaps the most inclusive. As a proud neighborhood partner, UH drives Houston’s workforce and fires up the fields of energy, health sciences and the arts. In fact, one in six Houstonians with a college degree earned it from here. But we’re not stopping at a healthy economy — we’re also creating a healthier community, with more than 11,000 students earning health-related degrees and a College of Medicine on the horizon. Your gift supports the healthy tenets that students and graduates pass on to their communities, whether that’s in Houston or halfway around the world. “In my opinion there is no greater feeling than running track with Houston across my chest, because I am representing the greatest city and the greatest University.” – Bailee Logsdon (’17), Track & Field, President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee
Week Three: Attracting and Retaining Top Faculty
We’ve reached the midpoint of our Faculty & Staff Campaign, and it’s time to step up our efforts to reach our participation goal! Gifts of any amount support the “Here, We Go” Campaign for the University of Houston. Have you made your gift yet? This week, we are focusing on attracting and retaining top faculty through chairs and professorships. Endowed chairs and professorships are vital to bringing top talent to our Houston home, and philanthropy makes those positions a reality. We didn’t become a Tier One research university overnight: innovative faculty and researchers have made our University what it is today. Support our fantastic faculty through the Faculty & Staff Campaign by making your gift today. “UH has inspired me to do more, to give more, and to be more. Not often can you give money while you’re working and be a part of the immediate transformation, but you can at the University of Houston. Not often can you give and absolutely guarantee that your money is going to create a better and more positive future, but you can at the University of Houston.” – David Bertman (M.M. ’98) Associate Dean, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts Payroll deduction donor
Week Two: Enriching Student Life with State-of-the-Art Facilities
Here, we go forward, faster, further: and UH faculty and staff are leading the way! Join your colleagues by making your gift of any amount today. Remember, participation is the most important aspect of the Faculty & Staff Campaign. In the second week of Campaign, we’re focusing on facilities. Campus has transformed in the past few years, but we’re not done yet. Philanthropy powers these transformations, and your participation in the Faculty & Staff Campaign fuels these buildings and renovations that affect our University every day. As faculty and staff members, we have a vested interest in the development of our professional home — not to mention the benefits for students and research these facilities bring. Help us continue to build our campus resources with your gift today! “I’m glad facilities are a priority for UH — not only for athletic facilities, but other things that make us stand out, like academics and campus programming. It really is home to me. When my friends visit me at UH from other Texas colleges, they are blown away by dining halls and residences, but also how they are treated like family by people here. There is much more unity on campus because of facilities like residence halls and common spaces where students can bond and learn together. Thank you for supporting facilities and students like me here at the University!” – Jessica King (’20), Cougar Experience Scholar and Housing Assistant for Student Housing & Residential Life
Week One: Opening Doors with Scholarships and Fellowships
Today marks the beginning of the 2017 UH Faculty & Staff Campaign: a vital piece of the University’s “Here, We Go” $1 billion campaign. From April 3 – May 3, you are invited to “Join the Campaign for the University of Houston” by making a gift of any amount. Your participation is what counts! This week, we are highlighting scholarships and fellowships. Investing in students by contributing to scholarships or graduate fellowships can make all the difference in where a student decides to attend UH — or if they will be able to attend college at all. Thank you for all you do as faculty and staff members, and for improving the lives of UH students every day. Please join us, and together, we can open doors with student scholarships and fellowships. “I want to be a role model to students who are like me, who may be on the path to becoming the first person in their family to go to college. I want to show them that if they work hard, there is no limit to their success. Thanks to donors’ generosity, I can focus more on becoming the best teacher I can be, and make sure that the importance of quality education is passed on to my future students.” – Andrea Cruz (’18), College of Education, Honors College