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George Washington University—Washington, D.C.
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Faculty & Staff Giving Campaigns
Sample Collection The CASE InfoCenter maintains this collection of materials used to encourage faculty and staff to give to their institutions. Samples include CASE award-winning programs, campaign coordinator resources, websites, videos, brochures and pledge forms.

Faculty & Staff Fundraising & Giving
Good Question Does CASE have any resources that would help us train faculty and staff about their role in fundraising? We want them to understand why fundraising is important and relevant to them. Also, does CASE have any articles or information about successful faculty and staff giving programs?

Bad at Retiring, Good at Giving
CURRENTS Article More than 50 percent of faculty members at most U.S. institutions are or will be at least 55 years old within the next 10 years. The coming wave of retirements could be good news for advancement as faculty and staff members still dedicated to their institutional missions continue working as university ambassadors.

Status Symbol
CURRENTS Article This brief story details how Australia's La Trobe University increased staff giving from 1.03 percent in 2012 to 12.67 percent in 2013 with "The Golden Lanyard" campaign.

Putting the Spotlight on Philanthropy
Article Students, faculty and staff at an Ohio community college plan to celebrate Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day by raising money to provide emergency assistance to students who might otherwise have to drop out for financial reasons.

The Professor with Three Pennies and a Cause
CURRENTS Article Terry Armstrong, a retired University of Idaho administrator and education professor with a penchant for picking up loose change, explains how he started the Found Money Fund of Idaho.

Jump-Start Employee Giving
Article By highlighting the impact scholarships make on students’ lives, a Wisconsin technical college increased employee-giving participation from 34 percent to 92 percent in one year.

Improving Faculty and Staff Giving
Podcast Genevieve Shaker from IUPUI discusses the characteristics of faculty and staff donor prospects. Also, discover how to encourage these individuals to give.

Office Space: Something in Common
CURRENTS Article Fundraisers are perpetually called upon to find new sources of funds. In doing so, we shouldn't overlook college and university faculty members, who not only are some of our best prospects but also are essential participants in creating a culture of giving at our institutions.

And the Winner Is …
CURRENTS Article This short article highlights the valuable role faculty members play in helping development communicate to donors the mission and needs of an academic program. Several universities have established awards to recognize faculty fundraisers.

Seeing Both Sides
CURRENTS Article Development officers who give to their employers or favorite charity see first-hand how well those nonprofits treat donors, and they learn from those experiences.

Getting Staff to Give
Article It’s hard enough to get work colleagues to open their email, let alone their wallets—especially if asking for donations is a relatively new phenomenon. Still, the Institute of Education at the University of London has run a successful staff fundraising campaign for five years—with about 15 percent of its staff members making a gift last year.

El largo brazo del desarrollo
CURRENTS Article Valerie Gay, Asistente del Director de Desarrollo Institucional de la Universidad de Temple, comparte sus consejos para expandir la oficina de Desarrollo convirtiendo a las facultades en socios para la procuración de fondos.

The Family and Friends Plan
CURRENTS Article Growing numbers of colleges, universities, and independent schools have found fundraising success targeting parents, grandparents, and other nonalumni friends for gifts to meet institutional needs and, at many public institutions, replace appropriations lost to state cuts.

Long Arm of Development
CURRENTS Article Valerie Gay, an assistant dean of institutional advancement at Temple University, shares her tips for expanding the reach of the development office by turning faculty into essential fundraising partners.

Name That Office
CURRENTS Article DePaul University's music faculty have the opportunity to name an office in their new building.

Setting an Example
CURRENTS Article When annual giving by faculty and staff at St. Catherine's School in Virginia reached 100 percent, parents noticed the commitment and increased their giving despite the uncertain economy.

Campaigns: Carleton University - Bronze Medal
Best Practice In 2006 Carleton University re-imagined its annual faculty and staff appeal as the Campus Community Campaign. The primary objectives of the redesigned 2006 campaign were to host a more elaborate and creative campaign; raise $150,000; increase participation; and launch the first ever Board of Governors appeal.

Advance Work: Hard Act to Follow
CURRENTS Article This article examines one independent school's successful faculty giving campaign.

Striking a Chord
CURRENTS Article Campuses that have successfully solicited faculty and staff gifts point to two helpful strategies: (1) giving employees flexibility in how they make gifts, and (2) cultivating a sense of campus community. This article explores these and other strategies development officers can employ to increase faculty and staff giving at their own institutions.

AdvanceWork: Giving Begins at Home
CURRENTS Article The University of Minnesota and Florida State University both saw campaign successes close to home with notable gifts from faculty and staff. Minnesota's campaign raised $67 million from current and former employees, while FSU's president pledged an estate gift worth $7.5 million toward that university's campaign.

Write-Minded: Proceed with Caution
CURRENTS Article The author offers advice on approaching faculty most effectively via a solicitation letter.

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