Faculty and Staff Encouraged to Compete in Mason Jar Challenge

Posted: March 23, 2011 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: March 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

By Corey Jenkins Schaut

The Office of University Development and Alumni Affairs is conducting the third annual Mason Jar Challenge in which academic and administrative units across the university strive to garner the highest percentage of faculty and staff donors during the fiscal year of July 1 through June 30.

The winning unit takes possession of the Mason Jar trophy at the fall donor appreciation event and earns a free lunch for all participating donors.

“Private support from Mason faculty and staff sets a critical example,” says Marc Broderick, vice president for university development and alumni affairs.“These individuals are giving their time, talent and treasure to the university, which shows just how strongly they are invested in Mason’s success.”

Intercollegiate Athletics has become the unit to beat in this year’s challenge, after winning the trophy for the past two years. As of March 21, the unit is in the lead for the 2011 challenge again, with 44 percent participation.

During the 2010 challenge, School of Law was the unit with the greatest increase in giving over the previous year; this year’s greatest increase remains to be seen.

Broderick reminds staff that gifts of all sizes make a difference, and scholarship support is especially needed this year as students face a likely tuition increase.

In fiscal year 2010, 782 Mason faculty and staff members contributed nearly $800,000, the equivalent of 95 one-year, full-ride university scholarships. The majority of those gifts — and all annual gifts — are $100 or less, Broderick says.

Donations made through June 30, 2011, will count toward this year’s challenge. Faculty and staff members can sign up for payroll deduction or make a gift on the Supporting Mason website (click on the “Give Now” tab and fill out the secure credit card form).

Gifts can support the Mason Excellence Fund, which meets the university’s greatest needs, or can be directed to the designation of the donor’s choice.

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