UNT faculty and staff showed their giving spirit in unprecedented numbers during this year’s We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, bringing in more than $185,000 to help UNT students and programs—a 16 percent increase over last year. Just over $151,000 of that amount qualified for matching funds from President V. Lane Rawlins.
“The We Care We Count campaign is just one more way our faculty and staff members help UNT to provide a truly transformational experience for our students,” Rawlins says. “I’m inspired by your generosity, and I’m thrilled so much money has been directed to scholarships for students.”
Student scholarships were the focus of the We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, with Rawlins matching all new gifts to scholarships up to $5,000 per faculty or staff member for a total commitment of $150,000. The president originally committed to matching $100,000, but when that target was met with nearly two weeks left in the campaign, he pledged an additional $50,000 in matching funds to keep the momentum going as the UNT community showed its dedication to growing and maintaining scholarships.
More than 90 scholarship funds benefited from faculty and staff members’ generosity during the campaign, with the Dean’s Camerata Scholarship in the College of Music garnering the most support. Faculty and staff in the College of Music donated more overall than any other college or department this year, which didn’t at all surprise Dean James Scott.
“Our faculty and staff, who have always been very generous in supporting our students with scholarship funds, really outdid themselves this year in response to President Rawlins’ challenge,” he says. “They do indeed care, and we are all thrilled at the extra help we can provide to our exceptional students in the coming year.”
The Emerald Eagle Scholarship Fund, which helps high-achieving students with great financial need attend UNT, garnered the second-highest amount in donations during the campaign.
“I think the two most supported funds showcase the top priorities of the faculty and staff community: supporting students who excel in their craft and uplifting those in the community who need financial assistance to pursue their college education,” says Michal Broussard, assistant director of annual giving in the Division of Advancement.
It’s never too late to support an area that matters to you. Gifts collected through Aug. 31 will be counted in UNT’s total number of annual gifts for this fiscal year.
“The We Care We Count Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign is the scheduled time for us to come together as one force for good. But students and programs need support throughout the year,” Broussard says. “I encourage all UNT community members to expand their generosity beyond the campaign deadline and give whatever and whenever they can. All gifts matter.”
Above: We Care We Count committee member Martha Garber; assistant director of annual giving Michal Broussard; and committee member Julie Payne.