Hays businesses made the 2007 Fort Hays State University Community Drive a success, contributing more than $220,000 in support of the university.
More than 100 volunteers contacted Hays businesses. This year's effort resulted in $222,557 received in 282 gifts supporting the university, exceeding the Community Drive goal by $2,557.
The Community Drive, coordinated by the FHSU Foundation, is an annual giving appeal to area businesses to support various needs on campus including scholarships, departmental initiatives and athletics.
The theme for the appeal, led by community volunteers Dan Meyerhoff and Steve Wood, was "Expanding Minds, Changing Lives."
"The community fund drive is one way that local businesses can be a part of living this year's theme," Meyerhoff said. "The gifts received during this annual drive are used for scholarships, special projects and programs at the university and will go a long way in helping students expand their minds and hopefully have a positive impact on their lives."
Cathy Van Doren, director of annual giving for the FHSU Foundation, explained that working together is important for the community and the university. "When a business supports the university in any manner, it becomes a stronger institution. In turn, FHSU has a tremendous impact on the local economy and quality of life in the Hays community," she said.
The FHSU Foundation -- formerly the Endowment Association -- began reaching out to the business community as early as 1981 to raise money for the advancement of the university. It is an independent, non-profit corporation designated by the state of Kansas to receive gifts on behalf of the university. The corporation qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For more information, contact the foundation at 1-888-628-1060 or go to the Web site at foundation.fhsu.edu.