The deadline to submit proposals to the 2020 Ignite Grants program is coming up fast. Submission deadline is midnight on January 20, to be exact. Proposals are encouraged from all corners of campus and should complement the current strategic plan and support your individual school’s strategies and priorities. Be sure to have dean’s approval, then email the competed proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading about how you’ll impact our campus community with your project plan.
With the holiday season right around the corner, now is a great time to beat the crowds and get ahead of your holiday shopping at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store. University of Portland employees are exclusively invited to access the store from December 13 to January 5.
UP faculty and staff will receive the Columbia Sportswear employee discount, meaning items are marked with employee pricing of 40 to 50 percent off retail for all of the latest products from the Columbia Sportswear Company family (SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and of course Columbia Sportswear) .
Bring the UP employee invitation (print here or download to mobile phone), UP ID, personal ID, and feel free to bring up to four guests as long as you are present. The discount cannot be used for online sales.
Find store location and hours here or on the invitation.
This Tuesday, December 3 is #GivingTuesday, a day of global generosity when millions of people around the world give in support of the causes that matter most to them. On the UP campus, we will celebrate the generosity of the donors who have supported our mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and learning.
We get to see philanthropy in action every day at UP, whether it be while teaching students in the newest building on campus, Dundon-Berchtold Hall, cheering on our Portland Pilots cross country teams from the Pilot House, or by enjoying a reflective moment in the Marian Garden. Our experiences and ability to make a difference in the world around us through teaching, research, and service have been enhanced by the thousands of donors who support UP and our mission each year.
This #GivingTuesday, one special family has challenged the UP community to come together and secure gifts from 1,000 donors. When we do, we will unlock $100,000 in funding for student scholarships.
Make your gift online here (giving.up.edu/givingtuesday) or consider inviting others who believe in UP’s mission. Donors can give to any area of campus that matters most to them, and every donor counts toward the 1,000 donor goal, no matter the amount.
Other ways you can help us celebrate #GivingTuesday this year:
- Go to giving.up.edu/givingtuesday to get your social media toolkit and tips on sharing about #GivingTuesday at UP
- Stop by Clark Library to write a note of thanks for UP donors and get a free hot chocolate
- Encourage a student you know to enter the #GivingTuesday essay contest here.
Thank you for celebrating #GivingTuesday and the generosity of UP donors. When the UP community comes together, it is amazing what we can achieve.
When you give to UP, you can designate your gift to an area that you are passionate about, including scholarships, a particular school or program, Campus Ministry, athletics programs, and more.
One of the easiest ways to give is through a payroll deduction. To sign up for or renew a payroll deduction gift, please use this link. For more information about giving opportunities, visit the Giving UP page here.
The development office and academic technology services & innovation will offer an IGNITE Grant information session on Friday, November 22, at 11:15 a.m., in Franz Hall room 33. The event is open to any staff or faculty member (or students working with faculty of staff), and topics will include:
- Why you should apply
- Tips on interpreting the request for proposal (RFP)
- Grant-writing strategies
- Other key steps
A Q& A session will include a former IGNITE grantee.
The session will last for 45mins and refreshments will be provided. There is a blog post with more information and a registration form here. Capacity is capped at 20 people, but interested parties can also email Ösel Jessica Plante to be entered on a waiting list.
Mark your calendar for April 3-4, noon to noon, and get ready for one of the biggest days of the year for the University of Portland! #PilotsGive is a day of worldwide Pilot pride that raises critical support for scholarships, programs, innovative learning experiences, and student success. Will you help the University set a record with $1M in annual gifts in only 24 hours?
Last year over 2,000 Pilots made a gift and helped unlock challenge dollars that resulted in a total of $700,000 for programs and funds around campus. With #PilotsGive we can all continue creating positive change and amazing opportunities for students.
Together we all add UP!
For more information contact development at email@example.com or x8003.
The development office reports that UP recently received a $700,000 grant from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation to create the E.L. Wiegand Environmental Laboratory, which will be a part of the Franz Campus Boat House.
The University also secured a commitment in the amount of $500,000 to the recreation fields on the Franz Campus. This grant is made possible through Monica Names King, Class of 1990, from the Tom & Meg Names Family Foundation.
And, in honor of the one and only Jim Kuffner, former HR director and longtime UP neighborhood liaison, the Kuffner family recently made a $250,000 donation. $175,000 will go to the James J. Kuffner MBA ’88 Franz Campus Beautification Fund, since Jim played a key role in helping to secure the 35 acres that created the Franz Campus; and $75,000 will go to the Kathleen E. Kuffner MEd ’88 Chapel Choir Fund.
For more information contact development at x8607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of this year’s Giving Tuesday event, UP students had the chance to enter an Instagram contest where they could be one of three people to win $250 to donate to any area of UP they want. The three winners were randomly selected and shared with development which campus funds they are giving back to:
- Senior Chloe Tanega will be donating her $250 to UP’s Filipino American Student Association (FASA). Chloe is also the president of FASA and plans to use the funds for their 5th annual culture show this spring. “We want to make this year the biggest one yet,” said Tanega. Chloe also remarked, “Giving Tuesday comes at a good time after everyone is done shopping. “
- This year was freshman Angelica Garcia’s first year participating in Giving Tuesday and she believes it’s important because “in this society, we are taught to take and take and it makes a big impact on people when we give back.” Garcia is donating her winnings to UP’s Mock Trial team because it has made a huge difference in her time at UP.
- Senior Ruby Beauchamp believes Giving Tuesday is important because “it is a way to support the community, especially here at UP. Giving Tuesday is great because $250 doesn’t sound like that much, but because I am a part of multiple clubs I know that their budgets are very small so the extra $250 makes a huge difference.” Ruby’s winnings will be going to UP’s College Ecology Club as she is the current president and is most passionate about environmental issues and raising awareness about sustainability.
For more information on Giving Tuesday contact Marie Jobes, development, at email@example.com.
This year’s Giving Tuesday event was a huge success, according to Amy Eaton, development. It was a record-breaking year for Giving Tuesday, as the UP community:
- Beat the goal of attaining 400 gifts in a 24-hour period
- Raised $180,753 from 554 gifts and pledges, from 538 donors for the day
- Increased the total number of gifts raised that day, from 2017, by 38% and increased the amount raised by 89%
- Secured an additional 210 GOLD (graduates of the last decade) donors through a TOP (Telephone Outreach Program) Pre-Giving Tuesday Drive and raised $14,021.
With the pre-event Pre-Giving Tuesday Drive and day of efforts, the team was able to establish an overall new record of 741 gifts and $189,118 raised for Giving Tuesday campaign. This event is important to our end of year fundraising efforts and is also a warm-up to our #PilotsGive campaign.
For more information, contact Amy Eaton, development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to apply for the 2018-19 round of Ignite Grants for Faculty Innovation in Teaching and Learning, as proposals are due on January 18, 2019.
Ignite Grants, which range up to $5,000, are designed to encourage faculty to explore new ideas that have the potential to reshape the classroom experience and to create new opportunities to tie curriculum to real-world experiences in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Ideas that engage students as collaborators in project development and implementation phases are especially encouraged. Proposals should complement Vision 2020 and support individual school strategies and priorities. Ideas are encouraged from all corners of campus.
Any current, full-time faculty who have the support of their associate dean or department chair may apply. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate with students, staff, departmental and cross-campus faculty colleagues, and co-curricular centers to create teams that will enhance learning and project impact. Additional team members do not have to be full-time.