Family Campaign allows campus to ‘give to your passion’

Every day, members of the BGSU community help build dreams of all shapes and sizes for our students. Our faculty, staff and retirees have a history of giving back to the University in many ways, including participating in the University’s annual Family Campaign.

This year’s campaign kicks off today and encourages members of the BGSU community to “give to their passion.” The 2007 Family Campaign goal is $700,000, with 56 percent campus participation.

“There are a multitude of areas on this campus that people have a great passion for—from athletics to the arts to academics,” said Michelle Banks, director of annual giving and liaison for the Family Campaign. “Whether it’s a scholarship within their department or a specific program that people find meaningful, supporting Family Campaign can have a significant impact at BGSU.”

Dr. Linda Petrosino, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, told those at a recent meeting, “Never doubt the power of your Family Campaign contributions. We have several students in our college who would not be able to be here without the support they’ve gotten from scholarship donations.”

Since the campaign’s inception in 1999, faculty, staff and retirees have raised more than $7.2 million for programs at BGSU.

In addition to impacting the area of the donor’s choosing, a gift to the Family Campaign helps the University receive grants and support from corporations and foundations. “Many outside funding agencies look at the level of financial support the University has from faculty and staff when making a decision to invest in BGSU,” Banks said.

To learn more about the campaign and hear faculty and staff donor stories, view the Family Campaign video at

Department representatives will be distributing brochures with more information on how to contribute to support your passion.

February 26, 2007