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Faculty Staff Giving Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is faculty and staff giving important to SMU?
For two reasons. First, faculty, staff and alumni giving rates heavily influence corporate and foundation gifts to SMU. They look for a high level of support from our closest constituents. Second, by supporting the campaign's three funding areas, your gift can help make SMU the best it can be.

How will my money be used?
It’s up to you.There are a variety of areas to support, and your donation can support a school dean's fund, SMU Fund, President's Partners, Mustang Club or building/capital project. If you want to support President's Partners, your money will be used by departments applying for those funds.

How is faculty and staff participation measured?
Faculty and staff participation is measured by the number of current full-time faculty and staff donors divided by the total number of current full-time and permanent part-time SMU faculty and staff. Participation is measured by a cash gift, whether that gift is made via payroll deduction, a planned gift, an outright gift of a check, credit card or a pledge payment on a new or existing pledge.

What if I’m a part-time employee or a retired member of the community?
We encourage all of SMU’s faculty and staff, past and present, to give to the annual campaign.

Do all gifts support the annual campaign?
All gifts, no matter the size or the area (designation) chosen, support the annual Faculty & Staff Campaign.

Is there a minimum amount for a donation?
There is a $5 minimum for all gifts including cash, check, credit card and payroll deduction gifts (by pay period). All gifts of $5 or more will be counted in the campaign.

What if I want to give to my department?
If you department has a fund-raising designation, you may give to it.

Can I still support President’s Partners?
Yes! President’s Partners continues to be a strategic funding priority for the University. All gifts to President’s Partners will be counted in the campaign.

Will my gift be confidential?
Your name will be included on donor lists unless you choose to opt out of our donor lists. If you are a President’s Associates member, your name and gift amount will be published on that list according to giving level and the number of years you’ve given; however, you may also choose to opt out of that list.

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