Faculty and Staff Contribute More than $1.25 Million to UMass Rising Campaign

The campus community demonstrated its pride and support for the Commonwealth’s flagship during the past year as more than 1,200 faculty and staff contributed $1,251,465 to the 2013-14 UMass Rising Faculty and Staff Campaign, according to Nathan Adams, interim co-director of Annual Giving.

The gift total represents a 60 percent increase in donations over last year, said Adams, in part due to several individuals making significant gifts toward UMass Amherst’s historic $300 million fundraising campaign.  

“With the public launch of the UMass Rising campaign last year, I think our faculty and staff became very aware of how they can impact the university financially, in addition to the very personal contributions they make in their work every day,” said Mike Leto, vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations.

To provide further impetus for giving, a fund of $500,000 was initially established to match gifts given by current or retired faculty and staff during the 2013-14 academic year. Pledges up to $10,000 made by Dec. 31 were eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar.

“Because of the success of the campaign, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy extended the match to include all pledges made within the campaign period, which could result in an additional $834,771 for the programs and initiatives supported by this community,” said Adams. “Not only is this a record for the Faculty and Staff Campaign, it represents a significant increase in the level of commitment the campus has toward philanthropy.”

This year’s campaign is co-chaired by Deputy Chancellor Robert S. Feldman, Joseph Goldstein, mechanical and industrial engineering, former dean of the College of Engineering; Jeanne Horrigan, director of the New Students Program; Willie L. Hill, director of the Fine Arts Center; and Leslie Horner Button, associate director for Library Services.