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MSU faculty, staff, and retirees contribute mightily to campaign success

MSU ranks first in the Big Ten for faculty, staff, and retiree giving

Donors enjoy lunch at the 2018 Thanks For Giving Luncheon

MSU faculty, staff, and retirees contribute mightily to campaign success

Last week the University celebrated the role of faculty, staff and retiree donors to the Empower Extraordinary campaign at the annual Thanks for Giving luncheon.

More than seven percent of the $1.75 billion raised in the campaign to date has come from current or former faculty and staff of MSU. Nearly 600 of those donors attended the special campaign edition of the luncheon. The program highlighted the impact of gifts in amplifying research, invigorating spaces and supporting students and programs across campus.

Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Donors are welcomed at the 2018 Thanks For Giving Luncheon
Faculty, staff, and retiree donors are welcomed at the 2018 Thanks For Giving Luncheon registration.
Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Donors register for the 2018 Thanks For Giving Luncheon
Guests take their name badges at the Izzo Hall of History.
Donors pause for a photo at the 2018 Thanks For Giving Luncheon
Donors pause for a photo before heading to the arena floor.
The MSU Saxophone Quartet
The MSU Saxophone Quartet performed live.
Breslin Center Arena floor
The event unfolds on the Breslin Center arena floor.
Guest at the 2018 Thanks for Giving Luncheon table
Guests enjoy the show around a center stage.
Guests greeting one another
Current and former colleagues connect at the event.
Breslin Center Arena set for the Thanks for Giving Luncheon
Slide shows and beautiful campus imagery on display.

In the 2017 Council for Aid to Education survey, for universities who reported on faculty, staff and retiree giving, MSU ranked at the top of the Big Ten and third among all the 62 member institutions in the Association of American Universities.

“Faculty and staff contribute to the success of MSU not only through their hard work and expertise, but also through commendable financial support,” said Provost June Pierce Youatt, who spoke at the luncheon. “They know the role of philanthropy in helping us to build a bold future, and their own generosity is leading the way. We are thankful for their support and proud to work alongside them.”

Marti Heil, vice president of University Advancement
University Advancement Vice President Marti Heil welcomes the crowd.
Guests enjoy MSU Drumline.
MSU Drumline performance surrounded guests on screens.
MSUFCU CEO April Clobes
MSUFCU CEO April Clobes
Suzy Merchant welcomes April Clobes to the stage.
Suzy Merchant welcomes April Clobes to the stage.
Provost June Pierce Youatt
Provost June Pierce Youatt
Guests at tables
Kathy Lessard (center) with April Clobes and Provost June Pierce Youatt.
Guests connected after the event
Bob Groves (right) takes a question from Martin Hawley.
Guests at table
Linda Dunn (left) and Linda Halsey at a luncheon table.
Guests connecting at the event.
Guests make connections at the event.
Photo of four guests
A group pauses for a photo.
Guests talking
Guests enjoy the Spartan fellowship.
Assistant Vice President Bob Thomas with Glen Brough and Suzy Merchant
Assistant Vice President Bob Thomas with Glen Brough and Suzy Merchant.
The members of the Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Giving Advisory Board
The members of the Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Giving Advisory Board.

The Empower Extraordinary campaign, which was publicly launched in October 2014, has exceeded significant fundraising goals, including: 

  • Surpassing a goal of creating 3,000 student scholarships by 500, each providing $5,000 in annual support for students;
  • Creating 104 endowed faculty positions toward a goal to create 100, with 23 faculty members already in place in newly endowed positions;
  • Achieving a goal of increasing private support for research with an increase of 35 percent over the life of the campaign, providing more than $315 million in support; and
  • Expanding a goal to complete funding for eight major construction projects through the campaign by completing funding for 22 major projects, with several already under construction.

Faculty, staff, and retirees contributed to all of these goals, including establishing six of the 104 endowed faculty positions.

Gifts received through December 31, 2018, will still count towards the Empower Extraordinary campaign.

Learn more about Empower Extraordinary.

Author: Lois Furry