The deadline for Faculty Ignite Grants is the end of March, but that doesn’t mean the Office of Development will quit raising money for this great cause. For Pilots Give, UP regent and 1993 alumnus Rich Baek has stepped up with a $25,000 matching gift to encourage participation in UP’s first Day of Giving on April 4 and 5. As part of this challenge, he is donating $10,000 towards the Faculty Ignite Grants. After 1,000 donors have stepped up, $10,000 will be released for the Ignite Grants for Faculty Innovation. Managed by the Office of the Provost, Ignite Grants support new ideas and approaches for course, curriculum, and program development that make an innovative contribution to UP’s teaching and learning future. To learn more about Rich’s gift, use this link.
The Ignite Grant Fund will be listed as part of the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation campaign for Pilots Give. Donors, including alumni, parents, students, and faculty and staff, can all select this important fund during the Pilots Give event. The Ignite Grants are part of a new initiative to support development and innovative teaching and learning on campus. The development office has raised $35,000 to date, with a $25,000 match from the provost’s office. The plan is to keep raising money and build funds for this important initiative.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to participate in Pilots Give. They can make their annual gift, volunteer at campus events, or attend events in support of the campaign. The goal for the 24-hour fundraiser is to reach 1,000 donors and unlock over $100,000 in matching gift challenges that have already been secured. Twelve campus campaigns have been set up to support faculty and student success—now we just need our community to step and support this wonderful event for UP.