Thanks to a $30,000 pledge from an anonymous donor, the Cameron University Foundation is inviting Cameron supporters to “Rise to the Challenge.” The foundation has been challenged to generate 300 monetary gifts in 30 days (from November 16 through December 14) in order to receive the $30,000 donation.
“The excitement around the opportunity to generate 300 gifts and receive $30,000 is unparalleled,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “As a state-supported public university, Cameron is facing potential budget cuts this fiscal year and will most likely see a reduced state appropriation next year. Therefore, gifts to the Cameron University Foundation are more vital than ever. Supporters who wish to “Rise to the Challenge” will have a direct impact on the quality, affordable education that Cameron provides.”
Donors can choose to support one of three university initiatives: installation of science labs at CU-Duncan, the new Cameron Psychology Clinic which is slated to open during the Spring 2016 semester, and student scholarships.
“Each of these three initiatives will benefit Cameron students directly,” says Johnson. “Adding science labs to CU-Duncan has been on Cameron’s ‘wish list’ for several years, yet we are unable to move forward with those plans until funding is secured. “The successful transformation of some under-utilized space at the Duncan campus will benefit CU-Duncan students, who will no longer have to travel to Lawton to complete their lab requirements. The Cameron Psychology Clinic will serve the Lawton/Fort Sill community as well as providing our psychology students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a supervised clinical setting. And of course, student scholarships are vital. Many of our students depend on scholarship money in order to continue toward degree completion, and we are committed to offering as much financial aid as possible to help students walk across the Commencement stage.”
An additional option is to designate that the gift is to be earmarked for the academic department of the donor’s choice or make an unrestricted gift that allows Cameron University to utilize funds where they are most needed.
To participate in the Cameron University Foundation’s “Rise to the Challenge” fundraising effort, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.
November 10, 2015