ourCMU: our university, our students, our opportunity to help
Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00 AM
ourCMU is an on-campus giving campaign that encourages faculty and staff to financially support the university programs they most value. The Colorado Mesa University Foundation will formally kick off the campaign at a luncheon on Nov. 17.
The luncheon is an opportunity to show appreciation for faculty and staff and talk about the importance of philanthropy, said Rick Adleman, associate director of development for the CMU Foundation. The lunch will be held over two class periods at the newly renovated Tomlinson Library — before the library officially opens on Nov. 30.
“When we have a high giving rate [amongst faculty and staff] it shows other donors that CMU is worth investing in,” Adleman said.
CMU is known as a “high touch institution” where classes are small and instructors know their students’ names. That sense of closeness extends to providing opportunities for students as financial support from the state dwindles. “We’re lucky that a lot of alumni and staff have given for years and years,” Adleman said. “Among our top givers, many are retired faculty and staff.”
University employees can expect to see monthly emails regarding ourCMU, including video-taped testimonials from students. One of the easiest ways to give is via payroll deductions, Adleman said. “Whether it’s $5 a month or higher, it adds up. Most people can give something.”
Financial gifts may be directed to any area designated by the donor. That may include scholarships or funds for large-scale projects like the Tomlinson Library renovation and expansion project.
The CMU Foundation has more than 250 named scholarships that provide more than $750,000 in financial aid to students each year. “In 2016, we expect to give out over a million dollars in scholarships from the foundation,” said Adleman. “That’s a milestone for us.”
Donate to the ourCMU campaign.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations