Volume 13, Number 9 January 6, 2006

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Campus campaign still going strong

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While the spotlight hasn’t been focused on it lately, the internal campus segment of the University’s major fundraising campaign is still going strong, and its current co-ordinator says lots of time remains for faculty, staff, students and others to get involved. The campus campaign and the larger public and corporate fundraising campaign continue until 2007.

Sandy Lazar, Acting Director of Annual Giving, says the Campus Community Campaign, ‘Thinking the World of Our University’, started off with a bang in early 2003 – and to date it has raised more than $2.5 million in gifts and pledges from more than 1,400 U of S people.

“Faculty, staff, administrators, retirees, students, senators and members of our Board of Governors have demonstrated their belief in and commitment to our University by contributing to the Campus Community Campaign,” Lazar says.

But she notes that many new faculty, staff and students who have come to campus within the past year or two may not be familiar with the campaign, and she wants to let them know their participation is welcomed and is important to the success of the overall campaign.

“The impact of campus community support goes well beyond the funds they provide,” Lazar notes. “It has helped to leverage millions of additional dollars from key supporters outside of the University.”

She says when campaign representatives speak with potential major donors, they often ask about the level of support from within the campus community. “It’s important for them to know that a large number of faculty and staff have demonstrated their commitment to the University by financially contributing to it. These prospective donors aren’t concerned about the size of contributions – they just want to know that people who play an integral part in campus life are behind the University’s future direction.”

Lazar says the success so far of the Campus Community Campaign “has definitely contributed” to the U of S raising more than $86 million to date in the overall ‘Thinking the World of Our Future’ – Campaign for the University of Saskatchewan.

She notes that faculty and staff contributions not only “tell the world we’re proud of the work we do here at the U of S”, they have the added bonus of supporting projects that affect their daily worklives – “projects that make our University a better place to work, learn, teach and do research.”

Campaign gifts can be directed to any area or project the donor wants to support. Specific Campus Community Campaign projects are listed on the website: www.usask.ca/campuscampaign.

Thinking the World of our Future – Campaign for the University of Saskatchewan was publicly launched in November 2004 with a goal of $100 million, and general targets of $40 million for scholarships and student services, $18 million for faculty research chairs, $14 million for research facilities including the Library, and $28 million for building projects including the College Building.

Lazar welcomes inquiries about the Campus Community Campaign, and can be reached at 966-7910, and she encourages new campus community members to get involved. She also notes that anyone who made short-term pledges early in the campaign are invited to renew their pledges. Many giving options are available to faculty and staff including payroll deduction, credit card and cheque. And people can give instantly online at the website noted above, by phone 24 hours a day at 1-800-699-1907, or in-person at University Advancement in Rm. 223 Kirk Hall.

“Participation in the campaign is the most important thing and we encourage all campus community members to come on-board. Every gift, large or small, counts and will make a difference.”

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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