Employee Giving

Employee giving FAQ

Why are faculty and staff asked to give through faculty and staff engagement efforts?

Faculty and staff members already support UMD programs and students. This giving initiative is a way to invite others to join, tell their stories, and to convey the pride our faculty and staff have for UMD through their gifts.

Because of their close affiliation with UMD, employees who participate in giving send an especially strong message to alumni, friends, parents, students, foundations, corporations, legislators, and other constituents: in working and giving together, we are uniquely committed to the vision and direction of UMD and to ensuring its ongoing excellence.

What do gifts support and how will gifts be used?

Faculty and staff are encouraged to give to any area that is important to them. Gifts to any UMD collegiate unit, department, or purpose count. Click here to search for an area to support.

What are the goals for the faculty staff campaign?

Our primary goal is to celebrate the generosity of our faculty and staff and in doing so, deepen the culture and habit of giving among faculty and staff. Every gift, no matter the size, brings us closer to realizing this vision. We hope to expand and deepen participation among all employees, active and retired.

Who is being asked to give?

We are inviting all faculty and staff—all employee classifications, part-time and full-time—plus UMD retirees, to participate.

When will faculty and staff be invited to give?

Employees can give to UMD at any time of year. Employees may also receive additional communication from areas they support across the University.

Why are employees being asked to give when they already give their time and expertise?

Every day, the time and expertise that we commit helps UMD transform lives, advance new approaches to research, protect and sustain our planet, and drive innovation. As faculty and staff members and retirees, our professional contributions are what fulfill that important mission. But as a nonprofit, that mission’s success increasingly relies on private support.

The faculty staff campaign gives us the unique opportunity to celebrate our tremendous professional contributions by matching them with financial contributions. Faculty and staff financial support represents much more than simple dollars. It signals the unique, critical role that we play as the heart of the institution, and our special commitment to UMD’s future.

How can faculty and staff give?

  • Recurring credit card, biweekly payroll deduction,* and one-time credit card gifts can all be set up online.
  • Employees are encouraged to support their favorite UMD causes and take advantage of matches and prizes available on the University’s giving day, Give to the Max Day in November.
  • Estate and planned gifts allow donors to leave their legacy at the University by directing money or assets, including retirement plan assets, to causes that are meaningful to them. For more information, contact UMD planned giving at 218-726-7989 or [email protected].
  • Checks can be mailed, along with a gift form, to: University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266.
  • Call the Office of Advancement with questions: 218-726-7989.

*All payroll deduction gifts are ongoing and will be deducted biweekly from your University of Minnesota payroll