Join your colleagues and make a difference!
Every day, the University of Minnesota transforms lives, advances new approaches to research and care, protects and sustains our planet, and drives innovation. And every day, we faculty and staff members bring these objectives to life. Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign gives us the opportunity to shine a light on our work, build our community, and renew our commitment to the future by providing additional financial support.
Support the areas that mean the most to you. Make a monthly or one-time gift, or give through payroll deduction. Every gift counts!
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Giving is in my DNA. I come from a large family, and if someone came over at dinner time, we all had to share. My mom would say, ‘We always have enough. We will always share.’ It’s important to give, even when it’s your last dollar, because there is always enough.
Role at the U: Senior alumni relations director, College of Education and Human Development
Giving: Student support, including a scholarship honoring her husband, College of Liberal Arts professor John S. Wright
I am the child of two teachers, so I grew up in an environment of learning. That’s the point of the University: to learn and discover, to explore what’s out there, to figure out answers to some of our big questions. It’s inspiring to be able to give to a place where you feel like you’re making a real impact.
Role at the U: Senior communications and marketing specialist, College of Biological Sciences (CBS)
Giving: CBS scholarship fund and Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Hundreds of people are in the stadium climbing at the same time, while on the big screen we’re sharing patient stories and facts about kidney cancer. It’s great to see these patients gather and enjoy each other’s company and feel good about making a difference.
Role at the U: Urologic surgeon and associate professor in the Medical School’s Department of Urology; member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Giving: Crowdfunding to support kidney cancer research via Climb 4 Kidney Cancer event
Becoming parents changed everything for us. As soon as we met our son, we knew we needed to do something bold to make his world a better place.
Role at the U: Editor/writer, University of Minnesota Morris
Giving: Created a fund named after her son to support pollinator research at UMM's EcoStation
Employee giving FAQ
Faculty and staff already support University of Minnesota programs and students. This giving initiative is a way to invite others to join, tell their stories, and to convey the importance of faculty and staff giving to the U.
Because of their affiliation, employee participation in giving sends a strong message to other constituents—alumni, friends, parents, students, foundations, corporations, and legislators—that faculty and staff support the vision and direction of the University and are committed to its ongoing excellence.
Our overriding goal is to deepen the culture and habit of giving among faculty and staff that will live on beyond the scope of Driven. Every gift, no matter the size, brings us closer to realizing this vision. Our primary strategy is to increase overall giving participation among all employees, active and retired.
Since the Driven campaign launched in 2011, more than 9,800 faculty and staff have given to the U. This participation demonstrates employees’ commitment to the mission of the University.
First, the University of Minnesota is a nonprofit. It increasingly relies on private support to sustain its levels of excellence. As a nonprofit, the U is transforming lives, advancing new approaches to research and care, protecting and sustaining our planet, and driving innovation. Faculty, staff, and retirees play a special role at the heart of this work. This campaign gives us the opportunity to bring to light the power of the work faculty and staff do every day and celebrate the tremendous commitment they have to the work the U is doing by providing personal financial support.
Secondly, faculty and staff financial support represents much more than dollars. Employee participation is also about signaling the critical role faculty and staff members play as the heart of the institution.
- Recurring credit card, biweekly payroll deduction, and one-time credit card gifts can all be set up online: https://give.umn.edu/waystogive/faculty-staff
- Twin Cities employees can give to the U through the 2018 Community Fund Drive.
- Employees are encouraged to support their favorite U causes and take advantage of matches and prizes available on the University’s giving day, Give to the Max Day, which is November 15, 2018.
- Estate and planned gifts allow a donor to leave money or assets, including retirement plan assets, upon his or her death. For more information, contact UMF planned giving at 612-624-3333 or email@example.com.
- Cash, check, or money order can be mailed, along with a gift form, to University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.
- Call the University of Minnesota Foundation with questions: 612-624-3333