As 2012 came to a close, Wright State’s Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign (CSIC) became the most successful in the university’s history, with faculty, staff and retirees donating $554,923 for scholarships and programs—a 25 percent increase over the previous year.
Half of the university’s 2,388 faculty and staff donated to the annual giving campaign—a participation rate that is considered a “gold standard” among fundraising professionals from state universities. As evidence of Wright State’s dedication to providing students with opportunities to succeed, 56 percent of last year’s contributions went directly to scholarships.
“Wright State faculty and staff are incredibly generous,” said Jennifer Foster, associate director of annual giving. “We had a lot of faculty, staff and retirees who came through and made larger contributions this year in the $10,000 to $25,000 range. The generosity of Wright State donors is evident in the participation, and any amount faculty, staff and retirees give really adds up.”
The 2013 Campus Scholarship and Innovation Campaign will kick off March 4. This year’s theme is CSI: Wright State. As evidence of the many opportunities that faculty and staff gifts provide to students, Foster will present case stories throughout the campaign of how Wright State students are making an impact across the campus and community.
For the upcoming campaign, Foster encourages everyone to take a look at what they gave last year and consider giving just a little bit more to the university’s more than 1,600 scholarships and program funds.
While she cannot predict whether 2013 will be another record-breaking year for CSIC, Foster knows she can always count on the generosity of Wright State’s faculty, staff and retirees.
“They step up and give to what really matters—and that’s our students,” said Foster. “That’s something to be proud of. It’s a true testament to the dedication our faculty and staff have for our students and Wright State’s mission.”