'Give to your passion' to help Family Campaign reach goal

The 2008 Family Campaign is nearing completion, and the campus community has been most generous, said Michelle Banks, director of annual giving. Faculty, staff and retirees have responded to this year’s theme, “Give to Your Passion,” by designating their gifts to a number of campus programs, offices, scholarships—whatever they most value.

The annual campaign allows the University “family” to make a real difference in the lives of students and the campus as a whole. There are more than 1,600 accounts in the BGSU Foundation to which they may direct their support.

The goal for participation in the 2008 campaign is 56 percent; so far, 51.19 percent have donated. “We need only 160 more people to make a gift in order to reach our goal by the end of the campaign on June 30,” Banks said, encouraging those who have not yet contributed to take this opportunity to support any area they feel is important.

In terms of dollars raised, “currently we are at $719,797 toward our goal of
$750,000,” she reported.

University Dining Services is a true model for campus, both in participation and in choosing a focus that is meaningful for its donors, Banks said. Ninety-seven percent of employees have now contributed to the Family Campaign—nearly double their participation from last year.

“We’ve created a scholarship fund for our own students,” explained catering manager Doreen Bateson, Family Campaign coordinator for dining services.

“A number of students have benefited already,” added Sandra Riegle, dining services.

“We’ve been working on this for quite a few years. We’ve made it a competition between our units; it’s a friendly rivalry,” Bateson said. “We’re such a large group, and this is a way to bring dining services together. It’s been really positive. The managers deserve a lot of the credit—they have to be commended.”

“I think this speaks volumes about their dedication to the University and their belief in what they’re doing,” Banks said.

It also speaks volumes to outside donors, she added, when they see the University community’s belief in its mission.

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June 9, 2008