Increase the level of giving to the annual fund each year and move forward on a new comprehensive campaign that supports the goals and initiatives of the University.
“Imagine A Way” for Plymouth State University
We have created an advancement division, with a new cabinet-level position of executive director; conducted a campaign feasibility study; and are in the silent phase of the Imagine A Way campaign, with goals for student support, faculty and staff support, and capital projects.
“Imagine A Way” for Plymouth State University Students
The scholarship fund created for President Steen’s investiture has raised approximately $50,000 for scholarships for students with need, many of whom are first-generation college students. The fund continues to grow.
Establishment of Events to Support a Culture of Philanthropy
Plymouth State University’s most significant and reliable supporters met many of the beneficiaries of their philanthropy at the Special Evening of Connections on Friday, October 16, 2009. More than 300 guests—students, parents, and faculty—gathered at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth. Members of the President’s Council assisted President Steen in hosting guests. But the stars of the evening were the students, many of them scholarship recipients, who personally thanked the donors for their support.
New Executive Director for University Advancement
Sylvia Bryant joined the Plymouth State University community in June 2009, bringing to her work as executive director of University Advancement nearly 15 years in higher education and development, both in private higher education and public sector non-profits. At PSU, she is building the advancement team that will lead the Imagine A Way campaign, bringing together the offices of development and annual giving, alumni relations, advancement services, and a newly created parents program.
Tower Fund Takes on New Leadership
After earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Plymouth State, Karen Urciuoli is thrilled to return to her alma mater as a professional. Bringing previous experience in special events and fundraising for non-profits in the Boston area, Karen arrived in January of 2009 and truly hit the ground running, inspired by the depth of alumni support and commitment to PSU as well as her own ties to the institution.
President’s Council Supports Advancement Mission
The 22 members of the President’s Council, established in 2001, advance the mission of Plymouth State by seeking and expanding its base of private support. In addition to their own generous philanthropy to PSU, council members have been increasingly active in engaging alumni, parents, and friends of the University to benefit fundraising for the welcome center and ice arena, scholarships, endowed professorships, and other key elements of the strategic plan. Since 2009, four new members have joined the group, expanding the network of support for PSU’s emerging University Advancement Division.
Senior Class Gift Supports Tower Fund
The senior class gift was dedicated to the Tower Fund (annual fund) for the first time in 2009. More than 70 seniors pledged multi-year gifts, raising a total of $2,235 in unrestricted funds, and were welcomed into the Barbara Dearborn gift society. The senior giving program is already underway for 2010, with increased participation and gifts expected thanks to class officer leadership.