UMass Rising Faculty and Staff Campaign Underway

Campus employees are invited to participate in the 2013-14 Faculty and Staff Campaign where their gifts will be counted toward UMass Rising: the Campaign for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Faculty and staff can choose to support student scholarships, a specific college or department, an athletic program or one of hundreds of special programs on campus.

Recognizing the importance of growing the culture of philanthropy on campus, the university has established a fund of $500,000 to match gifts from current or retired faculty and staff during the 2013-14 academic year. The matching offer expands the strength of giving to the campus and departments that employees care about.  As in previous years, pledges made by Dec. 31 by current and retired faculty and staff will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the $10,000 level.

This year's campaign co-chairs are Leslie Horner Button, associate director for library services; Robert Feldman, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Joseph Goldstein, mechanical and industrial engineering and former dean of the College of Engineering; Willie L. Hill, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Center; and Jeanne Horrigan, director of the New Students Program.

"Your participation in the UMass Rising Faculty Staff Campaign is an inspiration," say the co-chairs in a brochure accompanying this year's appeal. "It tells our students, alumni, parents, and friends that you believe our mission of access to an excellent education for all."

Details of the matching program are in the mailing and on the Faculty and Staff Campaign website.

Current employees may opt for payroll deduction and forms are available online. Gifts may also be made with credit or debit cards at the campaign website.