Family Campaign reaches new heights

Faculty, staff and retirees joined together to make BGSU’s Family Campaign the most successful to date. More than $1 million in gifts and pledges was raised for scholarships and a host of campus programs and services.

The 2007 goal was $700,000 in cash and 56 percent participation. The campaign far exceeded its cash goal and ended with $801,325 in cash and 53.58 percent participation.

A massive volunteer effort across campus helps spread the word about Family Campaign each year. A 21-member cabinet and nearly 90 department representatives promote the campaign and the ability to designate gifts to any area on campus.

“The momentum the campus has created with Family Campaign is tremendous. It sends a very positive message to our alumni and friends that the people closest to BGSU truly believe in our mission and support it generously,” said Michelle Banks, director of annual giving and Family Campaign coordinator.

That internal support can equate to external support as well. Many corporations and foundations consider an institution’s faculty and staff giving levels when awarding grants and contributions. In addition, all gifts for Family Campaign count toward BGSU’s $120 million Building Dreams Campaign.

Since its inception in 1999, Family Campaign has raised $8.29 million. “That is a true testament to the generosity of our faculty, staff and retirees,” Banks said. “When you consider the impact $8 million can have on our campus and for our students, it’s remarkable.”

August 6, 2007