Old Dominion University not only enriches its students, faculty and staff, but the university has also found ways to financially support its various departments.
It was 897 faculty and staff members that contributed more than $300,000 during the Campus Community Campaign’s annual funding for 2013, a project that gave back to the campus.
“It’s amazing how the volunteers get so excited each week to see how many [staff members] within their departments had given. They were such a great group of people. They all care so much about the university they work for and the students they serve,” said Elli Goyette, the assistant director of Direct Marketing for the Dominion Fund.
The campaign was held from March 20 through May 10 and 39 percent of employees on the ODU campus contributed. The campaign allowed donators to choose which ODU department, college, scholarship fund or athletic team would receive their gifts. The College of Arts and Letters, the Darden College of Education and the Office of Facilities Management were the top participators for this year.
This year’s total surpassed the CCC’s goal by nearly $60,000 and succeeded last year’s total contributions by more than $80,000.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the faculty and staff at ODU would raise more money this year than last,” Goyette said.
Various incentives were offered to faculty and staff members who participated, including a chance to win a reserved parking space for one year for those that gave $100 or more, and an ice cream social for the department(s) that had the highest participation.
The CCC is a program within the Dominion Fund, which strives to create more financial support aside from tuition payments and state allocations to the university. According to Goyette, tuition each year only makes up about 25 percent of the total cost of an ODU education.
“The CCC is a piece of the puzzle that makes up that gap. Private donations are essential to maintain the high levels of quality and excellence that Old Dominion University provides,” she said.
For the campaign, 23 different faculty and staff members represented different departments on the ODU campus. Leading this year’s drive was CCC co-chairs Charles Sukenik, a professor and chair of the department of Physics and Linda Baker, a program advisor for ODU’s U.S. Army Cadet Command with the Department of Military Science & Leadership.
Although faculty and staff members could choose to give to multiple departments within ODU, gifts were most popularly given to ODU athletics and the Educational Foundation, which support academic programs.
“By supporting the area of the University that mean the most to them, faculty and staff make a significant impact on many of the projects, programs, research and scholarships that make Old Dominion so successful. It also sends a message to the Hampton Roads community that ODU is a great place to work because its own employees care enough to give back,” Goyette said.
For more information on the Dominion Fund and its various campaigns, be sure to visit http://odu.edu/about/support-odu/how-to-give/dominionfund.
By Jessica Scheck