K-State faculty and staff members broke records this year with the highest participation rate in the history of the annual All-University Campaign for K-State. The campaign is an internal fundraising effort run by faculty and staff volunteers.
Now in its fourth year, the All-University Campaign enjoyed a 34 percent participation rate, up from 32 percent last year. More than 1,700 faculty and staff members participated this year, and 14 work groups increased their total participation over last year. More than 120 employees made their first gift to K-State during the campaign.
Overall gifts to the All-University Campaign totaled more than $2 million in 2009, with nearly $1 million committed through deferred gifts.
Campaign co-chair Darla Thomas, public service administrator in the department of animal sciences and industry, credits this year's success to K-Staters' commitment to the university and its future.
"I believe this year's campaign was successful because K-State faculty and staff truly care about K-State," she said. "I am proud that K-Staters pull together in tough times."
Thomas said the collective impact of faculty and staff gifts will have effects beyond the programs benefiting from the funds directly.
"The dollars will support many K-State programs, but I believe there is a greater impact," she said. "Those who gave now have a vested interest. The more we invest of ourselves in this university and its programs, the more want to see it succeed."
Thomas co-chaired the campaign with Cheryl Grice, manager in employment services; Brad Kramer, head of K-State's department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute; and Laurel Littrell, associate professor with Hale Library.
The All-University Campaign for K-State is an annual campaign where all members of the campus community can support the areas of the university they care about the most. It is designed to raise awareness throughout the campus community about the importance of private gifts to K-State. Led by the 64-member All-University Campaign Committee, faculty and staff members from the Manhattan campus, K-State at Salina, K-State Alumni Association, Kansas State University Foundation and K-State Athletics all participated in this year's campaign.
For more information about this year's campaign visit: http://www.found.ksu.edu/alluniversity