ASCEND Campaign Overview

What is ASCEND: The Campaign for the University of Denver, and how does it relate to the Faculty & Staff Campaign?

ASCEND is a vision centered on an investment in human infrastructure: the people and programs that are the heart of DU's vibrant campus and central to its sustained excellence. ASCEND is a comprehensive campaign, including all annual giving contributions as well as major gifts, that began in FY07. The Faculty & Staff Campaign is an annual fundraising effort that provides employees the opportunity to give back to DU and support the area of their choosing. By participating in the Faculty & Staff campaign, you are automatically a contributor to ASCEND: The Campaign for the University of Denver. Want to know more about the impact of ASCEND? Visit: https://www.du.edu/give/campaign-impact.html

Why is the Faculty and Staff campaign important?

A gift from a faculty or staff member provides financial support to our campus and programs. It also demonstrates to alumni, community members, and friends that we believe DU is worthy of our support and theirs as well.

Will there be a Faculty & Staff Campaign kickoff event?

The 2012 Faculty & Staff Campaign kickoff event will be held on Thursday, September 13th at Graduation Green from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will include a complimentary lunch buffet. All DU faculty and staff are invited to attend, but RSVP's are required.

Is the Faculty & Staff Campaign the same thing as the United Way Campaign?

No. Contributions to the Faculty & Staff Campaign stay here at DU and benefit our university. The United Way campaign is an opportunity to give back to our surrounding community. The United Way community campaign will be launched in the spring.


Why Give to DU?

Why should I give to DU?

The faculty and staff of DU are the core of our university. Every day, you make a difference by sharing your ideas, talents, and abilities. Your participation in the 2012 Faculty & Staff Campaign is another way that you can join your colleagues in showing your support for the university and its vision for the future. This is an opportunity for those who spend their days at DU to invest in the future of DU.

Why is it important for me to give to DU every year?

The loyal giving by DU alumni and friends each year supports students and ensures the University's competitiveness among peer institutions in US News and World Report's annual rankings. Your annual investment makes a daily impact on DU students, faculty, and staff!

Why should I give to the organization that pays my salary?

Most of us support causes that we believe in – our places of worship, health care and medical research organizations, the arts, and youth organizations just to name a few. As your involvement with DU leads to a belief in the mission of the University, your financial support is another way you can make a difference. The commitment of the DU community is a strong vote of confidence in the future of DU.


Details about Giving to DU

What can I give to?

You may designate your gift to any area of the University. The priorities of the ASCEND campaign include scholarships, faculty funds, and program funds. You can support a favorite department or a professorship. You can support our students by giving to scholarships, or you can make a gift to the performing arts or sports at DU. These are only a few of the options. If you have any questions about designating your gift, please contact Kelsey Cochrane in the office of Annual Giving at 303-871-6072.

What benefits do Faculty & Staff Campaign participants receive?

The greatest benefit of all is that of knowing your generosity and commitment to DU have a great impact on the future of DU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Faculty and staff who participate in the campaign will receive special recognition.

Am I required to make a gift?

No, you are not required to make a gift. You should give because you want to give, to invest in the institution that invests in you.

How much should I give?

Your gift should be of a size that seems appropriate to you. Even the smallest gifts make a difference. The simple fact that you are participating means a great deal to the University.

Will others know the amount of my gift or where I direct my contribution?

No. University Advancement does not release gift amounts or designations without the donor's permission.

Will I receive a year-end tax receipt from the University?

You can choose to receive a year-end summary of your gifts to DU by contacting the Office of Gifts & Records at 303-871-2311; otherwise you will receive a gift receipt for each gift shortly after it has been processed by University Advancement.

How do I find out if my payroll deduction pledge renews automatically?

Contact the Office of Gifts and Records at 303.871.2311.

If I'm still paying on a payroll deduction pledge from last year, how will I know when my pledge is complete?

The Office of Annual Giving will notify you via email when your pledge is complete and you will be invited to renew at that time. If you would like to know the specific day your pledge ends, please contact Kelsey Cochrane at 303.871.6073.


What's the Impact of my Gift?

Will my gift really make a difference?

YES! Your participation helps provide exceptional programs and services to DU students. Higher participation rates enhance the University's reputation. If every one of our alumni donated $25, DU would have over $2.7 million to invest in student life, scholarships, and campus improvement.

How can my gift be doubled or tripled?

Many corporations often match gifts. If your spouse or partner works at a corporation with matching gifts, you will also be recognized for the matching dollars. Please check with the company's Human Resources department or Click here to see if your employer will match your gift: http://www.matchinggifts.com/du/. If you have questions regarding matching gifts, please contact the Office of Gifts and Records at 303.871.2311.


Common Questions about Fundraising at DU

Who gives to DU?

More than 10,000 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends donated to DU's Annual Fund in fiscal year 2012. Their generous contributions allow DU to provide exceptional opportunities.

What is an endowment?

An endowment, or endowed fund, is a gift that is held in perpetuity for the benefit of an educational or charitable institution. The gift principal is invested to provide a stream of support for a designated purpose. The DU endowment provides support for scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, key academic and research programs, student health, and wellness initiatives among other important priorities. For more information on Endowments please visit: https://www.du.edu/give/endowments-Q-A.html

What are the University's main fundraising priorities?

As we look ahead to the University of Denver's sesquicentennial in 2014, we recognize our remarkable history and set our focus on the goals that will lead to even greater distinction and impact in the future. Key investment opportunities include the Chancellor's Innovation Fund, Academic Commons, and scholarships. Learn more at: https://www.du.edu/give/key-investment-opportunities.html


Ascend — The Campaign for the University of Denver
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