Elon University / Today at Elon / Philanthropy, collective giving celebrated at faculty and staff donor celebration
More than $477,000 was raised by faculty and staff in the 2021-2022 academic year for the university’s largest fundraising campaign, Elon LEADS.
It speaks volumes about Elon’s culture and values when 63% of his employees made financial contributions, totaling $477,976, to the university‘s Elon LEADS fundraising campaign.
Many of those who made this possible gathered at the Snow Family Grand Atrium inside Schar Hall to recognize the collective philanthropy and generosity of faculty and staff at the Faculty and Staff Donor Celebration. staff 2021-22. The university saw 903 faculty donors give back over the past year, and the total raised was nearly $70,000 more than last year.
Karl Sienerth, a chemistry professor and co-chair of the Teachers’ Giving Campaign, has given back to Elon every year since he arrived in 1998. The reason was some valuable advice given to him by his stepfather. straight.
“He said, ‘Always give back to your school,'” Sienerth said. ” And that’s what I did. For many years I think it was just a matter of doing it because it was the right thing to do. But over the years at Elon, it’s become more meaningful because it’s become more personal.
Seeing students grow while gaining invaluable experiences and knowing that their contributions have contributed is what is most rewarding for Patti Gibbons, Campaign Co-Chair and Associate Director of Cultural and Special Programs.
Gibbons also recognized the important role of the 63 volunteer faculty/staff captains for their respective departments on campus.
“Without the help of all of you captains, we would not be able to effectively communicate the importance and impact of this plan,” Gibbons said in her second year as co-chair.
The historic Elon LEADS campaign is entering its final six months and has so far raised $246 million from a total of 31,701 donors. The campaign’s four funding priorities are: scholarships for the graduates the world needs; increase access to engaged learning opportunities such as study abroad; research and service learning; support for faculty and staff mentors; and upgrades to Elon’s iconic campus.
Every gift to the university – including annual, endowment, capital, estate and other planned gifts – for any designation counts as a donation to the campaign and will support students and strengthen Elon for generations to come.
“I want to challenge you all to do something. Share why you’re giving,” said John Barnhill, Associate Vice President for University Advancement. “If we don’t share our stories…it doesn’t inspire others.”
President Connie Ledoux Book spoke of the personal connection she has experienced when it comes to higher education, whether it’s parents using the GI Bill to attend college as first-generation students or using the tuition rebate program that Elon offers to family members.
“I became more aware of how I have benefited in so many ways from the generosity of others,” Book said. “There are so many ways this university works that we collectively benefit from.
“I’m especially grateful to you for raising your hand and saying, ‘Let me see how I can support Elon.’ And to me, this raise of your hand is absolutely a vote of confidence that you have in the work that we do at the university,” Book added.
23 faculty departments achieved 100% attendance, an increase from 18 last year. Here are these 23 departments:
- Administrative services
- Business, finance and technology
- Carpentry workshop
- leadership center
- Elon Core Program
- Facilities Management
- Financial aid
- Key shop
- Moving and installation
- Programs for new students
- North Carolina Campus Connection
- Planning, design and construction management
- President’s office
- Sponsored programs
- sports management
- Student involvement
- Student life
- Academic advancement