“This community takes care of one another, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
That’s the sentiment GW School of Business senior Alice Murray shared with more than 200 GW faculty and staff at the Faculty and Staff Donor Reception on Nov. 9. The annual event—held this year in the lower level commons of GW’s Science & Engineering Hall—recognizes faculty and staff donors of all levels and areas of the university for their commitment.
“Your support shows that you believe in GW students, in students like me,” she said. “It’s a confirmation that we are doing something right, and that kind of belief goes beyond any dollar amount.”
Alice shared her gratitude for the professors and university staff members who have mentored and supported her since she was a freshman, thanking many by name. A Power & Promise student aid recipient, she was able to take full advantage of her GW experiences and will graduate this May thanks to the support of GW donors.
“Alice represents what the GW experience is all about,” said Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Aristide Collins, who took the podium next. “She and students like her are here because of the support of the people in this room.”
Support from the We Are GW Faculty & Staff Campaign raised over $8 million dollars from more than 1,400 donors in FY15, an increase over the previous year’s total. All areas of the university—from student life and academic programs to career services and scholarships—were touched by GW faculty and staff support last year.
GW President Steven Knapp thanked the attendees for all that they do for GW, both in and out of the classroom: “Your support has a tremendous affect upon the university community. It is a reflection of your pride in GW and your recognition of the importance in investing in our university’s future.”
President Knapp added that GW faculty and staff have played a key role in Making History: the Campaign for GW, which has raised more than $800 million from nearly 60,000 donors to date, and invited them to continue to be a part of that momentum, emphasizing a focus on addressing unmet needs for scholarship and faculty support.
Gifts counted towards the Campaign have been made by 2,513 current and former faculty and staff members.
Mike Tapscott, director of GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center says that supporting the university is part of a responsibility that faculty and staff have to be role models for GW students.
“We talk about the life-long GW community, and we have to build support around that,” he says. “Giving a little bit from your heart and your wallet can go a long way to show our students that we care and are invested in their GW experiences.”