Middle Tennessee State University again displayed the True Blue spirit of giving, with faculty and staff pledging a record amount for the 2017-18 Employee Charitable Giving Campaign.
With the theme of “Tradition of Giving,” the monthlong drive ended Nov. 1 with 813 participants pledging a total $128,593.04 — a new record for the campaign and 107 percent of the $120,000 goal.
Last year’s campaign resulted in 730 faculty and staff participating to raise $121,122.
“I couldn’t be prouder of all of those who stepped up in such a tangible way to help the many nonprofit organizations provide their much needed services,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, who kicked off the campaign at the Employee Benefits Fair in late September.
“Giving is an integral part of what it really means to be ‘True Blue,’ so I must say thank you to all of our employees who chose to share a portion of their blessings with others in our community.”
And for the fifth straight year, the Jennings A. Jones College of Business was awarded the Provost Cup, presented to the academic unit having the highest rate of employee participation. The college captured the cup with roughly 79 percent of employees participating, up from about 75 percent last year.
For those participating in the campaign, gifts could be designated to any charitable organization from a list of 10 independent charities and three federated charitable organizations including Community Health Charities, Community Shares, and local United Ways.
The campaign is fueled largely by monthly payroll deductions from MTSU employees, but also allows one-time, lump-sum gifts at the donor’s discretion.
A committee of volunteers from every division of the university manages the campaign, raising awareness throughout with social media posts, videos, weekly drawings and spotlighting engagement efforts by offices throughout the university.