Faculty and staff show strong support during Give from Within campaign

UM-Dearborn Give from Within campaignUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn’s faculty, staff and retirees have once again made a huge impact on our campus. Over 200 faculty, staff and retirees gave $290,000 to 87 different UM-Dearborn funds of their choice this fiscal year alone. Overall, 436 members of the UM-Dearborn campus community have given more than $2.5 million to the Victors for UM-Dearborn Campaign to date.

Lavada Smith (’98 B.G.S.), catalog librarian at Mardigian Library, participated in this year’s Give from Within—the faculty, staff and retirees fundraising campaign—because she understands the financial hardships many students encounter when paying for college. She has allocated a portion of her giving toward the Mardigian Library and the Commission for Women at UM-Dearborn.

“I just feel that everyone has something to give,” said Smith. “Everyone has received help at some point in their life.”

Smith’s help came in the form of a student leadership scholarship, which helped her pay tuition at UM-Dearborn.

“I probably wouldn’t have been able to go here without it,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of nurturing and support here, and I see how much giving can impact our students on a daily basis. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

Many areas are supported by faculty and staff; some support scholarships, expand campus programs and help to provide internships and experiential learning experiences. Faculty and staff gifts, no matter the size, help UM-Dearborn continue to do what it has always done—deliver a remarkable education to students who arrive passionate about learning and compassionate about what the world needs.

UM-Dearborn’s Give from Within campaign was led by chair Elaine Logan, director of Mardigian Library. “Giving from within has always been an integral part of UM-Dearborn,” said Logan, “and I am proud that UM-Dearborn has led the way by celebrating faculty and staff giving.”

If you haven’t already contributed, there’s still time to give. You can make a gift to the Give from Within campaign through fiscal year end on June 30, 2016. Remember, every gift is valued and counted in our Victors for UM-Dearborn campaign.

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