University Family Drive raises more than $160,000, exceeds goal

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s University Family Drive raised more than $160,000 in gifts and pledges from 738 faculty and staff members, exceeding its goal of 550 donors for 2014.

“We are very pleased and encouraged by the support of the IUP community,” said Mary Jo Ludwig, Office of Annual Giving’s assistant director. “Our faculty and staff are committed to the common goal of giving our students the best possible experiences, and their support will assist IUP in providing additional opportunities in the future for our students.”

The money raised from the University Family Drive, which concluded its fundraising April 4, will support student scholarships, student research, study abroad and other student initiatives.

“IUP is building tomorrow’s professionals and leaders, and the success of this drive shows the investment of the faculty and staff of the university in this mission,” Ludwig said.

According to Ludwig, 34 departments and programs achieved 100 percent participation in the drive, and 47 percent of all faculty and staff participated in the drive.

IUP associate registrar Jeannie Broskey contributed to the University Family Drive.

“As the mother of a son who graduated from IUP in the biology honors program and is now in medical school, I loved having the ability to give back,” Broskey said. “I designated my donation to go to the biology department for scholarships for future high-achieving biology students.”

A victory reception hosted by President Michael Driscoll was held in the Blue Room April 14 for all of the donors.

President Driscoll handed out certificates of appreciation to each volunteer.

All 34 departments that achieved 100 percent participation were also given certificates to be displayed in their departments, recognizing their achievement in the drive.

Two years ago, participation in the drive was at just 15 percent, said Emily Smeltz, director of Annual Giving.

Of those who gave this year, 184 had never given to IUP before.

Last year, the University Family Drive helped IUP receive an extra $4.2 million in performance funding that was used for numerous initiatives, including admissions recruitment, classroom enhancements, campus beautification improvements and relief for the university’s budget deficit, according to the University Family Drive’s website.

The University Family Drive program is one of several program initiatives of the University’s Annual Giving program including the Student Philanthropy Council and Senior Class Gift programs.