Annual gifts are a critical source of revenue for the college each year. In 2012, nearly 2,300 donors contributed $2.7 million to support initiatives across the college. Annual gifts come in all sizes and the results demonstrate there is power in numbers.
Annual gifts are so valuable because they either supplement existing operating budgets or they provide revenue that can be directed toward priorities that are not supported by other sources of funding. These include: scholarships, support for student programs, faculty support, facility enhancement and unrestricted support for departments. Annual gifts provide the flexibility necessary for responding to emerging needs and opportunities that arise during the year. To coin an old saying, annual gifts can be the margin of excellence.
In addition, a broad base of annual support influences the investment of corporations and foundations as they consider supporting the college. Likewise, alumni support is often weighted in the ranks that compare UK’s College of Engineering with its peers.
Many companies offer a wonderful benefit to their employees by matching their contributions to organizations. Of all the colleges on campus, engineering stands to benefit the most because many of our alumni work for companies who offer this benefit.
Taking advantage of such a benefit will double and sometime triple a donor’s gift. To find out if your employer offers a matching gift program, contact your human resources office or click here to search the database of companies.
Student Opportunity Fund
The UK College of Engineering prides itself on offering students involved in engineering-related extracurricular activities opportunities to travel nationally and internationally for conferences, competitions and research projects. The Student Opportunity Fun enables the College to supply students with such funds. As a result, our students often graduate with educational experiences beyond the classroom that prepare them for industry challenges in the United States and abroad.
Contact Melissa Brown at (859) 257-8827 for more information.