The 2002-2003 Frostburg State University Annual Fund Campaign has reached its initial goal of $140,000 in gifts and payments of pledges, according to Chris Harmon, director of annual giving. Overall annual giving, including restricted and endowed gifts for the FSU Foundation Inc., reached over $866,000.
The ambitious 2003 fiscal year campaign had to overcome many fund-raising obstacles due to the aftermath of 9/11 and the Iraq War.
The Annual Fund Campaign, a targeted appeal to raise unrestricted gifts, begins in early fall and is directed to alumni, parents, businesses, faculty, staff and friends of FSU. Major efforts include direct mail, two phonathon campaigns, parents' campaign, faculty-staff campaign and the Senior Appeal.
Contacts were made to over 19,000 constituents, which resulted in over 2,800 pledges and gifts. A special campaign was developed to allow contributors of $1,000 or more to have a named unrestricted scholarship to incoming freshman. This first-year effort has generated 26 new named Annual Fund Scholarships.
Proceeds for the Annual Fund are used to support a variety of FSU programs including the Alumni Association; scholarships; Faculty/Staff/Alumni Achievement Awards; faculty, staff and student development; student leadership programs; student work programs; Homecoming; reunions; and the Golden Anniversary Program.
For more information on contributing to Frostburg State University and the Annual Fund, please contact Harmon at (301) 687-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org