This academic year promises to be extraordinary, showing growth in many areas. We are beginning to see the positive results of hard work in recruiting, admissions, academic programming, enhanced student services, and increased stewardship and upkeep of our historic facilities!
As a member of our family of employees, you are crucial to Brenau’s mission of providing an extraordinary educational experience for our students, developing their personal values, and helping them become leading citizens in their communities. I am grateful for your hard work and dedication to Brenau and these students. They are our collective legacy. Your generous gifts of time and talent keep our institution strong.
Last year, 85 percent of Brenau University employees stepped up to support our university with much needed financial support for our students through the annual Campus Campaign. Together, we raised more than $84,000 for their scholarships and financial support.
Keeping a high percentage of employees as active givers in the Annual Campaign is crucial to external funding by private foundations and donors. They look at your percentage of participation as a “buy-in” to the mission and effectiveness of the university. So, no matter the size or amount of your gift, your participation is critical to advance the entire institution.
The theme of this year’s campaign, “Give Back,” reflects what faculty and staff do on a daily basis working for an educational institution like Brenau. With your help we would like to continue to create opportunities for our students through scholarships, cutting edge technology, top-notch faculty, beautiful facilities, and a myriad of extraordinary learning experiences.
With two weeks to go in this year’s campaign, I ask that each of you “Give Back” financially to Brenau this year. Your gift to Brenau is significant in two main ways:
1. While very large donations are important to a university, it is the multitude of small and medium-sized gifts that provide additional funds to our departments, colleges and other projects. Your gift, combined with thousands of others, makes it possible for Brenau to achieve its mission.
2. Alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and even your neighbors take note when our faculty and staff – those who know the institution best – endorse and support its operations with their own hard-earned money. Your gift, regardless of its size, attracts gifts from others.
Participation is easy. You can make your gift through payroll deduction, by check or credit card by using the pledge form (download a PDF). You also can make a payroll deduction or give by credit card online at https://www.brenau.edu/giving/employeegiving/. Direct your gift to any college, department, program or scholarship you prefer, or make an unrestricted gift to be used to address the university’s most urgent needs. Remember, the amount of the gift is not as important as your participation.
I hope I can count on you to participate this year. Together, we build Brenau’s continued success. Together, we reaffirm the importance of the value of higher education. Together, we help our students achieve their dreams. Thank you for helping Brenau to accomplish our noble missions!
Ed Schrader, Ph.D.