Faculty and staff of Fort Hays State University have contributed to a record-setting year for the FHSU Foundation's Campus Drive fundraising campaign.
This year, a record 40 percent of the university family participated by giving $125,000. The campus drive includes any donation made by a faculty or staff member during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2008.
The Campus Drive is an annual campaign that provides financial support for the university from its faculty and staff.
The public phase of the campaign kicked off in February, encouraging university employees to donate to the program or department of their choice. Prizes were given to departments with 100-percent participation. The effort was spearheaded by the deans of the four academic colleges, who served as co-chairs.
"This has been a great spring participation," said Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the FHSU Foundation. "It's important for us to be able to tell others we believe in ourselves and what we are doing on campus. All donations, regardless of amount, are greatly appreciated and will make a difference across campus."
Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of FHSU, and his wife, Mary, were also instrumental in leading the effort, making a $10,000 gift to support the greatest needs of the university.
"The Hammonds believe in leading by example," said Chapman. "I can't tell you how important it is to share with others how their leadership set the stage for a successful campus drive."
"I believe we need to tell the story to our friends and alumni that the individuals of the campus community are essential to the university's growth and success," said Hammond. "This year's campus campaign shows they value Fort Hays State, not only through the giving of their professional and personal time, but also through monetary donations."
A high level of participation by the university’s employees helps in acquiring grants and donations from other organizations and corporations.
Chapman said the Foundation extends a heartfelt "thank you" to the campus community and to the Hammonds for their investments in the future of the university.
Chapman said he would like to remind those faculty and staff who have not taken the opportunity to participate that all investments made by June 30 are accountable towards this years' total.