The University of Cincinnati Foundation

The University of Cincinnati Foundation

University of Cincinnati Faculty & Staff Campaign

FAQ

General Questions

What is the Faculty/Staff Campaign? 

The Faculty/Staff Campaign is an annual fundraising effort that provides both active and retired faculty and staff an opportunity to directly impact the UC community through their charitable donations to UC.

How is the UC Faculty & Staff Campaign different from other fundraising efforts on campus? 

Gifts made during the Faculty/Staff Campaign stay right here at UC and benefit our students and programs. The United Way and ArtsWave campaigns are also worthy causes, which support needs in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Why must my gift be made payable to the University of Cincinnati Foundation? / What is the role of the University of Cincinnati Foundation in the Faculty/Staff Campaign? 

The UC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the University of Cincinnati, and works to raise funds to advance the mission of UC. Your gift is processed through the Foundation, and will be distributed to the college, program or university fund you designate, typically within 30 days of receipt. The UC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and receipts for tax purposes will come from the UC Foundation.

Why is my gift important to UC? 

Like many other non-profit institutions, UC needs the support of individuals to carry out its mission.  Your gift will directly benefit students, faculty, and programs at UC.  Also, when faculty and staff invest in UC it shows other donors our dedication to our mission and makes them want to invest too.  You can choose the fund or funds you wish to support at UC.

What is the time frame of the annual Faculty/Staff Campaign? 

The Faculty/Staff campaign is a year-round effort and gifts may be given at any time.

Any gift made to UC during the fiscal year running from July 1 to June 30 of the next calendar year counts for that fiscal year’s campaign.

Pledges are counted in the year in which they are made (as opposed to when pledge payments are made).  Outright gifts of cash, checks, credit card or stock are counted as soon as the transaction is completed.   If you make a multi-year pledge (a commitment to give a set amount, for up to 5 years) we will count your participation in each fiscal year in which pledge payments are being made.

When will faculty and staff be asked to make a gift? 

Some colleges and units choose a dedicated month during the fiscal year in which to promote the Faculty/Staff Campaign.  Others choose to fundraise during our “active phase” which runs from March through June 30 each year. During that time you will receive information on the campaign and volunteers may personally visit faculty and staff and ask them to make a gift to the university.

Are there giving options that can benefit both me and UC? 

There are several ways of giving that can provide benefits to both you and UC. Explore your options using this online Gift Planning tool. To learn more about our gift planning opportunities, contact us at 513-556-6147 or giftplanning@uc.edu.

What is The Charles McMicken Society? 

The Charles McMicken Society is a giving society that recognizes donors based on their support within two distinct categories: Annual Giving of $1,000 or more and Lifetime Giving (cumulative) of $100,000 or more. Many faculty and staff are McMicken Society members.

What is The UC Loyalty Society? 

The UC Loyalty Society is a giving society that honors and acknowledges the commitment of current and past UC employees, whose annual gifts demonstrate their loyalty to UC.

Loyalty Society Giving Levels:

  • UC Pride: 40 or more years of giving
  • UC Strength: 30-39 years of giving
  • UC Vision: 20-29 years of giving 
  • UC Boldness: 10-19 years of giving
  • UC Ambition: 1-9 years of giving

Faculty/Staff campaign donors are recognized in the Loyalty Society Honor Roll of Donors and at an annual Loyalty Society event in the fall. Your donation to the faculty/staff campaign automatically qualifies you for membership in The UC Loyalty Society.

What is the Herman Schneider Legacy Society? 

The Herman Schneider Legacy Society was founded to recognize University of Cincinnati donors whose "legacies" to educational excellence are realized through the planned gifts they commit to the University.

Planned gifts recognized by the Society include will bequests and trust provisions benefiting UC, in addition to a wide array of other possibilities.

Technical Questions

How can I check to see if I already participated in the campaign this year? 

If you or your spouse already made a gift to UC this fiscal year (July 1-June 30), your gift has been counted in this year’s campaign. Thank you! Please note that gifts to the UC Alumni Association, Friends of CCM, and University of Cincinnati Medical Center (including Lindner Center of Hope) are all qualified donations.

You can look for your name on our online Honor Roll to check if you are a current donor (anonymous donors are not listed). If you believe the Honor Roll has inadvertently omitted your name, please email ucfoundation@uc.edu.

If my spouse gave a gift, does it count towards my participation in the Faculty/Staff Campaign? 

When your spouse makes a gift to UC, you will also receive credit. Your spouse does not need to be an employee or alumnus/alumnae. As we may not have you and your spouse linked in our database, please email ucfoundation@uc.edu to receive credit.

How can I make a contribution to the Faculty/Staff Campaign? 

Make your gift through our secure online giving form, where you will have the option of making a credit card gift, electronic check gift, or payroll deduction pledge. Credit card gifts are only accepted online.

If you would like to make a contribution offline, download a pledge card and mail to:

The University of Cincinnati Foundation
P.O. Box 19970 (Mail Location 0064)
Cincinnati, OH 45219

You can also give your donation and pledge card with payment (no credit card numbers, please) to a campaign volunteer or college development director.

To give online by payroll deduction:
Enter the IMPACT website, click Support a Volunteer (if you wish for your fundraiser to learn about your participation), or click Give Now to skip this step and go directly to the form.

  1. Check the box next to Are you an employee of the University of Cincinnati?
  2. Enter your M number in the field provided (click on “Look up my UCID,” if you don’t have your M number handy).
  3. Be sure to enter a gift amount. Your gift will be divided into equal amounts after you enter the number of pay period deductions.
  4. The Payroll Deduction option will appear under Payment Options.
  5. If applicable, check the box next to I have an existing payroll deduction pledge. Please start this pledge after the last billing month.

I'm still paying on a payroll deduction pledge from last year. How will I know when my payroll pledge is complete? 

Please call the UC Foundation at 556-6781 or email ucfoundation@uc.edu to find out when your current payroll deduction pledge is scheduled to end. If you are a McMicken Society donor, you will receive a letter in the mail reminding you to renew your support. Keep in mind that your gift is counted in the fiscal year in which your pledge is made.

How can I create a new payroll deduction, but delay it until my current pledge is complete? 

On the pledge card or online giving form, check the box next to "I have an existing payroll deduction pledge. Please start this pledge after the last billing month."

Is my gift confidential? / Can I be anonymous and still participate? 

Every gift made by an employee is kept confidential. Individual employee gift amounts are not shared with your manager. Your participation is shared with volunteers. The UC Foundation handles your giving information confidentially and with care. If you choose to be anonymous, we will acknowledge your gift with a receipt, but will omit your name from donor listings such as our online Honor Roll. Your participation will still be credited to your college/unit.

How will my gift be recognized? / Why won’t the online giving form permit a gift less than $5? 

The UC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that accepts gifts for the purposes of advancing UC’s mission. As of January 1, 2013, only gifts of $5 or higher will be recognized with a tax receipt and publication of the donor’s name on Honor Rolls

Gifts of $5 or higher count towards participation in the faculty/staff campaign.

The Foundation is committed to the efficient use of resources, and this policy was made after looking carefully at the costs associated with credit card fees, mailing acknowledgment letters/tax receipts, and other processing costs.

Who decides how my gift will be used? / How do I designate my gift? 

As the donor, you can select from among thousands of established gift funds. Popular choices include the Transformation Fund, college annual funds, departmental funds, scholarships, research, University Libraries, or athletics. The choice is yours.

From the online giving form, click the drop down menu to view a list of giving priorities selected by your college/unit. Click on the “Add Another Gift” button if you wish to give to more than one priority.

To designate a gift not shown, you can write in the Special Instructions field, or check the box, I do not see the initiative to which I wish to designate my gift and would like to choose from a complete list of eligible funds.

Checking this box will show the “View Funds List” link, which will open in a new window. This is a searchable list of more than 3,000 funds. Clicking on the fund name will populate the giving form.

If you need further information on funds, please call Director of Annual Giving Judy See at 513-556-6781.

Can my spouse’s company match my gift? 

Most likely, and this will increase the value of your gift. You can also visit http://www.matchinggifts.com/uc or call 513-556-6781 to see if your spouse’s company matches gifts. Have your spouse contact his/her human resources department for details on their matching gift process.

Is my gift to UC tax deductible? 

Yes! You will receive a receipt from the UC Foundation indicating the deductible amount of your gift. If you make your gift online, you will immediately receive a confirmation and electronic receipt upon the successful submission of your gift. If you make your gift through any other method, please expect a receipt in the mail within 30 days of making your donation. In most cases, 100% of your gift is tax deductible.

How do I learn more about including UC in my retirement or estate plans? 

There are several ways of giving that can provide financial and other benefits to both you and UC. Explore your options using this online Gift Planning tool. To learn more about our gift planning opportunities, contact us at 513-556-6147 or giftplanning@uc.edu.

How do I become a volunteer? 

Contact the Office of Annual Giving at the UC Foundation: 513-556-6781 or email ucfoundation@uc.edu.

Not everyone can afford to make a large contribution. What difference can a small gift make? 

Each gift is important. Collectively, our gifts add up to create a big impact for the programs we support and our university. 

A high level of Faculty & Staff Campaign participation is also very important to corporations and foundations when making their giving decisions. When faculty and staff giving levels are high, corporations and foundations are more likely to support the UC mission, which makes the impact of your gift even greater.