Campus Resources and Planning Committee
April 16, 2008 – 3:30 p.m.
Members Present: LeAnn Dean, Sara Haugen, Jacquie Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner, Brook
Miller, Michelle Page, Jennifer Rothchild, Dave Swenson, Sharon
Van Eps, Jenny Wermerskirchen, Pete Wyckoff
Members Not Present: Ken Hodgson, Sarah Mattson, Lowell Rasmussen, Douglas Williams
Guest: Carla Riley
Minutes from April 9, 2008 were approved as presented.
Faculty and Staff Giving Program
Carla Riley reported that every year the annual giving program seeks support from alumni and friends. Additionally, every year we partner with the University of Minnesota Foundation on several projects, customized for UMM. Our telemarketing needs are also done through the Foundation office in the Twin Cities. The dollars raised are used in a variety of ways. Overall, UMM giving is up 9% in gifts and 20% in dollars. Our findings show that once people are contacted via the phone, they go online and make their gift. A faculty/staff giving program is the logical next step. This would be a positive way to further engage people who work at UMM and are here on a day-to-day basis. During the last campaign, faculty and staff donated three million dollars of a six million dollar goal. We have started a senior legacy project and senior banquet to encourage new graduates to contribute. We are also looking at using technology to better engage alums with current students for resources regarding internships, jobs, etc.
We are looking for feedback regarding the proposal. Our recommendation is to execute a UMM faculty/staff giving program, while sustaining or affirming the giving we already have on campus. Having a payroll deduction available is a great option. There are already some broad categories for ideas like scholarships, green initiatives and student support.
Dave Swenson made a motion to support the proposed faculty/staff giving program, second by Michelle Page. Motion carries.