When the We Care We Count faculty and staff giving campaign began nine years ago, Nicole Sprowl, director of annual giving, was a student worker in Advancement.
Now, she is running the annual fundraising drive, which kicked off April 1 and ends May 3.
“It has been really neat to watch the campaign grow and evolve,” says Sprowl, who graduated in 2010. “As a former student, I know there are so many things I wouldn’t have had access to without these funds. It really means a lot.”
There are more than 4,000 programs and scholarships that faculty and staff can choose to support, including UNT’s Food Pantry.
“The donations made play an important part in the success of the pantry,” says Rosie Ridgway, the pantry’s director. “We use these funds to purchase hot meals for students in need, operational supplies and to help restock the pantry.”
Sprowl says if it’s hard to decide where to donate, her office can help.
“We will do the research for them,” she says. “We love matching up a donor to their passion.”
Last year’s campaign saw a record-breaking 30-percent participation, a number Sprowl hopes to top this year.
“It is so meaningful and impactful that our community is not only doing a great job each day, but they also give a gift to help others,” she says. “It is a sign of support for the students and themselves.”
Through last year’s campaign, faculty and staff helped support 342 funds.
“It really encourages people outside of UNT to give when they see our own community give,” Sprowl says. “We encourage people to get involved in whatever capacity they can. It’s all about showing what a caring community we are.”