Campaign Update: Faculty/Staff Campaign participation soars to 56 percent

A record 56 percent of Elon faculty and staff have participated in the 2010-2011 Faculty/Staff Campaign, making more than $270,000 in gifts and pledges to the university. As of March 22, 663 employees had made a gift this year to support students, faculty and facilities. In addition, for the second consecutive year, 100 percent of faculty and staff at Elon Law have made a gift to the university this year.

There is still plenty of time to participate in this year’s campaign, which has been the university’s most successful annual giving drive among employees. During 2009-2010, 420 faculty and staff, or 34 percent, contributed $248,796 to the university.

Clifton Johnson, assistant director of Moseley Center, was more than happy to support the university this year.

“Giving back to Elon is another way I feel that I can support the university outside of my main responsibilities as a staff member,” Johnson says. “Every day when I come to work, I am able to see all the great things Elon continues to do, which inspires me to continue to give.”

Donna Van Bodegraven, associate professor of Spanish, supports students in and out of the classroom.

“I am a strong supporter of Elon student-athletes through my contributions to the Phoenix Club, and I am a proud member of The Elon Society,” she says. “Gifts from Elon community members like me are so important for the continued development and success of Elon students and programs. I recently increased my annual giving to also contribute to the initiatives of my home department, the department of foreign languages. I hope to watch Elon and the Phoenix soar to greater heights for many years to come with the help and support of many of my colleagues.”

This year’s Faculty/Staff Campaign runs through May 31, 2011. You can make a gift online to support what you love most about Elon. All gifts to the Faculty/Staff Campaign count toward Ever Elon: The Campaign for the Future of Our University, currently in its final year. To date, alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff have contributed more than $88 million in gifts and pledges toward the $100 million goal.

All donors to the 2010-2011 Faculty/Staff Campaign are invited to a special campaign celebration on Wednesday, April 13, from 4-5p.m. in McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center. Remarks will be offered from President Leo M. Lambert and Faculty/Staff Campaign co-chairs Jim Drummond and Rhonda Belton.

By University Advancement staff

Recent Gifts and Pledges of $10,000 or More

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