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Oct. 20, 2015
Green pennants with the words “TEAM NORTHWEST” emblazoned on them are beginning to appear on office doors and windows throughout the Northwest Missouri State University campus. But there is more meaning attached to them than just showing school spirit.
Northwest’s Office of University Advancement this month launched its faculty and staff annual giving campaign, Team Northwest, which encourages all Northwest employees to support areas of the University they are passionate about through monetary gifts. The campaign is designed to raise awareness throughout the campus community of the importance private support plays in Northwest and its students’ success.
Employee participation in the faculty and staff annual giving campaign also enhances Northwest’s profile in the eyes of prospective donors and funding foundations. Bob Machovsky, director of alumni relations and annual gifts at Northwest, says all gifts are important, no matter the size.
“It’s all about participation,” Machovsky said. “Someone could give $2 and they would be just as valued a donor as someone who may give $1,000. It’s not about the amount, it’s about the fact that individuals are participating and realizing the importance of private giving to Northwest. It also shows a unified stance and sends a strong message of commitment to our alumni and donors.”
Now two weeks into the campaign, Machovsky reports employee giving at Northwest is up 111 percent compared to last year at the same time, and overall dollars are up by more than $18,000.
As an added incentive, all employees who give to the campaign receive the Team Northwest pennant, and University Advancement will provide lunch for departments where 100 percent of employees participate in the campaign.
Employees are invited to designate gifts to any area at Northwest, such as their academic department or a specific scholarship, or donate to the Northwest Fund, which directs funds to the greatest needed areas on campus.
Additionally, 12 faculty and staff members – who represent academic and administrative as well as athletics offices – have been appointed Team Northwest Ambassadors and are working to help increase participation in the campaign.
Northwest head soccer coach Tracy Hoza is one of those ambassadors. Hoza says she participates in the annual giving campaign to ensure students have the academic opportunities she had, and she purposefully supports areas of Northwest outside her own department.
“I believe in supporting an organization and cause that has given so much to me, our students and community,” Hoza said. “I give to other areas besides athletics because other areas have given so much to us. College is about educating and growing students’ minds. I give to different departments because it takes all departments working together.”
Employees may submit gifts through a payroll deduction, check or credit card, online at www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni/giving/forms/holiday.htm, or by calling 660.562.1248. Any gift the Northwest Foundation receives between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, will be counted within the current annual giving campaign.
The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation, governed by a 31-member volunteer board of directors, is staffed by members of Northwest's Office of University Advancement.
The Northwest Foundation recently announced it secured $5.7 million in donor funding during the 2015 fiscal year, exceeding its goal for the year by more than $1 million. The Foundation also reported that 100 percent of its board membership donated to Northwest during the fiscal year, as did the entire membership of the University’s Board of Regents, Alumni Association and Northwest Leadership Team.
For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or visit www.nwmissouri.edu/GiveOnline.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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