MTSU staff and faculty are nearly 70 percent toward their goal in the annual Employee Charitable Giving Campaign.
As of Oct. 22, university personnel reached and passed the $87,000 level — about 67 percent toward the goal to raise $130,000 for charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee and the entire state.
When MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee addressed those who attended a mid-progress report, he told them it was an objective “of not only reaching but exceeding our goal” and approaching anywhere between $133,000 and $135,000.
The MTSU leader, who admits he is competitive, said he wants MTSU to “be one of the top entities in our community” in donating to the numerous nonprofits that provide a social safety net through a wide array of services.
The campus drive ends Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit http://mtsu.edu/givemtsu.
Reigning champion Jones College of Business maintains the lead in the Provost’s Cup, a coveted prize going to the academic college on campus that has the highest percentages of participants. The College of Basic and Applied Sciences earned the first cup in 2012.
“The challenge is out,” said alumnus John Hood, master of ceremonies for the event and director of government and community affairs. “Please go out and encourage your colleagues.”
Attendees included United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties President and CEO Meagan Flippin, an MTSU alumna, and colleague Carolyn Tumbleson, director of resource development for the organization.
Information campus organizers want faculty and staff to know includes:
- Donations can be as little as $1 per month or a $5 one-time gift, coming out of the employee’s January paycheck.
- Donations pledged for calendar year 2014 will not automatically continue into the new year.
- Each year, you are given an opportunity to change your contributions or to renew an existing one by submitting a new pledge form.
- If everyone gives $59, which is only $4.92 per month, MTSU can reach the $130,000 goal.
- Contributions to one of the more than 140 organizations help your co-workers and neighbors in communities surrounding the university and others statewide.
- There are opportunities to receive prizes including reserved parking spaces for one year, luggage and overnight accommodations at area hotels, but you need to pledge early for the most chances to win.
- The online form may be used for those not able to give but wishing to log their participation.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)
Watch a kickoff video below: