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More, Bigger, Matched: Faculty and Staff Giving Up 23 Percent

February 20, 2012
In the Loop
More, Bigger, Matched: Faculty and Staff Giving Up 23 Percent

The results have been tallied and the UMass Amherst Faculty and Staff Campaign raised $727,972 in gifts and pledges for the period that ended December 31, 2011, an increase of about 23 percent from the previous year.

Participation also increased slightly, with 1,163 current and retired faculty and staff making donations or pledges, up from 1,123 in 2010-11, according to Sarah Sligo, executive director of Annual Giving in the Development Office.

Of the total amount raised in gifts and pledges, a record $596,365 is eligible for a campus matching program if paid by June 30. Although the matching pool was previously set at $500,000, Chancellor Robert Holub increased the available funds to cover the entire total of eligible pledges, says Michael Leto, vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations.

“Our staff and faculty have shown extraordinary generosity in their support for this year’s campaign,” said Leto. “Their gifts, combined with our matching funds, will help improve the lives of our students and enhance the reputation of UMass Amherst.”

The campaign was co-chaired by James L. Craig, biological sciences librarian in the Science and Engineering Library; Arthur Kinney, Copeland Professor of Literary History and director of the Renaissance Center; Elaine Sortino, head softball coach, and Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises.