Family Campaign Helps Boost BGSU Giving to New High

Fifty-five percent of current and retired faculty and staff participated in the 2005 Family Campaign, helping BGSU move toward its goals for scholarships, program support and capital improvements.

The level of participation in the annual campaign was the greatest ever, according to campaign directors, and speaks highly of the campus community’s commitment to the University.

Contributions to BGSU reached $14.9 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That figure compares to $11.7 million donated to the University the previous year and sets a new annual record for private giving to BGSU.

“It’s clear that our supporters understand the need for private dollars to sustain and enhance the University’s offerings,” said J. Douglas Smith, vice president for University advancement. “They share our desire to see Bowling Green succeed in providing a quality education for students, regardless of their financial resources.”

“I’m delighted we set new records in virtually every category, ranging from alumni and community members to our own faculty and staff, who gave $982,566 versus last year’s $935,499,” added Marcia Sloan Latta, associate vice president for University advancement and director of development. “It’s amazing to think that participation by faculty, staff and retirees has more than doubled in six years.”

For the first time this year, administrative staff giving was the highest of any constituent group, followed by retirees, faculty, classified staff and other donors.

Corporate, business and foundation gifts to the University were up this year as well, and a number of alumni and friends of the University offered significant gifts.

Building Dreams: The Centennial Campaign for Bowling Green State University had raised $79.5 million toward the $120 million goal as of June 30.

In addition to capital improvement projects, funding is being sought for a variety of programs and areas, including BGeXperience: Vision and Values, WBGU-TV, the President’s Leadership Academy and endowed scholarships.

Approximately 280 new scholarships have been established since the beginning of the campaign in July 2002. Leadership gifts at the $1 million level and above also have been pledged for the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Sebo Athletic Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts.
July 25, 2005