Staff/Faculty Campaign FAQs
Why is faculty and staff giving so important to the University of Michigan-Dearborn?
Gifts from faculty and staff provide funding for important initiatives at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. They also are an endorsement of the University, announcing to alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations that UM-Dearborn is an institution worthy of support and that support starts at “home.”
How is the Faculty and Staff Campaign different from other fundraising efforts on campus?
Faculty and Staff Campaign contributions are used internally for UM-Dearborn’s individual programs, projects, and endowments. Faculty and staff donors choose where they want their gifts to be used according to their interest areas within the University. There are hundreds of funds within UM-Dearborn for education, research, scholarships, and program support.
Other fundraising efforts on campus focus on external charities. For example, UM-Dearborn participation in the United Way’s campaign supports community organizations and charities in the city and surrounding counties. These initiatives are not related to the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign.
When will faculty and staff be asked to make a gift?
While gifts from faculty and staff are welcome throughout the year, the Faculty and Staff Campaign will focus its efforts in 2009 from March 16-April 10. During that time, faculty and staff are asked via a solicitation letter and emails to make a contribution to the campus. Faculty and staff gifts processed throughout the year will be included in the participation totals recognized for faculty and staff giving during the calendar year.
May I designate my gifts to a particular area of the University?
Yes! You may choose from hundreds of funds. These may be funds within your own unit or funds related to scholarships, the Library, diversity programs, ECEC, athletics, or the Henry Ford Estate, to name a few.
Please note: You cannot make a charitable gift for your travel or sponsored activity or a fund that you control. This type of gift is not considered a charitable gift by the IRS because the contribution is for a private benefit. For example, contributions directed for the purchase of equipment, or furnishings for offices or laboratories of specified individuals; or for their travel or sponsored activities; or contributions to an account over which the transferor/donor has expenditure control do not qualify under IRS guidelines as a charitable gift. As a result, the University will not issue a gift receipt.
Conversely, when faculty members contribute to a department discretionary account over which they have no expenditure control (e.g., have no signing authority), their gifts are considered charitable gifts and the University can issue gift receipts.
If you have a further question on this issue, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 313-593-550.
How will my gift be used?
It’s your choice! You can designate your gift to any college/school, department, program, scholarship, or other initiative that you believe in at UM-Dearborn. To search for a fund, please visit the Faculty and Staff Campaign web site through the Faculty and Staff Resources page and look for the link to Account Codes.
How much of my gift will actually go to the fund(s) I select?
100 percent of your gift will go to the fund(s) you choose.
Is my gift confidential?
Each gift made by an employee is kept confidential. Individual employee gift amounts are not shared with your manager. Your participation will be shared through the Honor Roll on the Faculty and Staff Campaign website. Institutional Advancement staff will handle your giving information confidentially and with care.
Not everyone can afford to make a large contribution. What difference could a small gift make?
Each gift—no matter how big or how small—is important. Whatever the size, your gift shows that you believe in the fund you have chosen to support. There are many funds that receive a large number of “small” gifts.
Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes. Contributions to any state university also qualify for a tax credit on your Michigan state tax return (up to $100 for single filers and up to $200 for joint filers).
How do I make my gift?
To make a one-time gift:
• Cash—Drop off in person in the Institutional Advancement Office located in Room 1040 Administration Building. Please do not send cash through the mail, to ensure your gift is secure.
• Check—Make payable to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
• Credit card—Include card number on your gift form or make your gift online now.
• Payroll deduction—Sign up today by making your gift online and choosing the payroll deduction option, or include deduction information on your gift form.
How can I find out what I gave to last year?
Contact Diane Gulyas in Institutional Advancement at (313) 593-5504.
What do I do if I want to search for funds but am not ready to make a gift?
Visit the Faculty and Staff Campaign giving site on the Faculty and Staff Resources page and click on Account Codes. Funds are listed by school/college and program areas.
Why aren’t funds from my area available on the Faculty and Staff Campaign web site?
Each year we increase the number of funds listed. If you do not find the fund you are looking for, please contact Diane Gulyas in Institutional Advancement at (313) 593-5504.
How do I get a gift form?
If you did not receive a gift form via campus mail, you may download and print a blank form.
How do I submit my gift form?
If you choose not to submit your gift online, please complete the gift form you received via campus mail, or download and print a blank form, and send via campus mail (along with a check, if applicable) to:
Institutional Advancement Office
Attn. Diane Gulyas
Room 1040 AB
To ensure your gift is secure and credited properly, please do not send cash through campus mail or the U.S. Postal Service.
How can I designate a gift in honor of or in memory of an individual?
To designate a gift in honor of a living individual or in memory of a deceased individual, faculty and staff should include a note with their completed gift forms that list the following (as applicable):
1) the name of the individual being honored and his or her mailing address. A card will be sent to let the individual know a gift was made in his or her honor.
2) The name of the individual being memorialized, and the name and mailing address of the family member who should be notified of the gift. Please also note the relationship of the family member to the deceased.