Request Funding to Continue Your Engagement

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, funding continues to be available to support those whose institutional funds have been lessened due to the impact of the pandemic to continue to access important resources and professional development through the Financial Assistance Fund and the new Conference Lodging Assistance program. To date, the Financial Assistance Fund has provided over $41,839 in support for 18 campuses to renew their institutional membership, 54 individuals to participate in professional development programs, and 20 stays at the 2022 Annual Conference hotel.

Conference Lodging Assistance

To support access to the educational experiences at the 2022 Annual Conference, the Education and Research Fund is pleased to providing funding for lodging expenses at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Apply by January 28

Financial Assistance Fund

Submit funding requests to support membership renewals and registration fees to upcoming ACUI programs and events. Apply in January to receive support for the 2002 Annual Conference, prior to the registration deadline.

Apply by January 28

Get Ready for Conference Activities

Support the continued fundraising efforts of the Education and Research Fund this March with activities associated with the 2022 Annual Conference.

  • Donor Reception (Virtual) – March 10, 6–7 p.m. Eastern
  • Silent Auction (Hybrid) – March 13–16 (bidding closes at 1 p.m. Central)
  • Step Challenge (Hybrid) – March 13–16
  • FUNd Run/Walk/Roll (In Chicago) – March 15 at 7 a.m. Central
  • Pay to Sleep In (Hybrid) – March 15 at 7 a.m. Central
  • Donor Reception (In Chicago) – March 15, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Central

Stay tuned for additional details and sign-up forms for these events.

Same Auction, New Ways to Participate

The 2022 silent auction will over a variety of items categories and modes of participating—both in-person and virtually. If you are willing to donate an item for the auction, this year, there will be a curated list of items to support—either fully or partially—along with donating a physical item of your own.

Donate an Auction Item

Tiffany Brodner, Rochester Institute of Technology

 

Tiffany Brodner,
Rochester Institute of Technology

"The award we received through the Financial Assistance Fund allowed us to continue being a member and remain connected at a time when information was so quickly shifting. We were able to talk about best practices, troubleshooting, and solutions in a way that felt safe, and to network with colleagues who were all going through similar (or very different) situations. Personally, it allowed me to remain an active volunteer and continue serving on the regional leadership team. My commitment to ACUI, and living those values, made me a better and more marketable professional through my job search. "

Renae Mantooth, North Carolina State University

 

Renae Mantooth,
North Carolina State University

"Being in the field of architectural research, I have found a lot of value being in ACUI because there is an emphasis on the pragmatic nature of how research can directly influence students. The funding allowed me to provide incentives for research participants, and being recognized and valued by an industry was personally an honor. It was important for me to learn from ACUI’s voice so I could think about it from an architectural perspective. It has had a huge impact on my way of thinking and knowing, being grounded in who the users of a building are and what their focuses are."

Yakima Melton, Rutgers University

 

Yakima Melton,
Rutgers University

"Receiving the Greer Dawson Wilson Scholarship reminded me of what ACUI stands for: it's not just a professional association—it's a family, it's a community. When we talk about building community, this is what it means, that we are pouring into our professionals and our students. Using the funds to attend a professional development seminar, it allowed me to connect with like-minded individuals, and they poured into me the same way I try to pour into my students and colleagues. Without it, I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to think outside of box about how I can, as a woman of color, advance in this profession. "

Help Sustain Campus Community

ACUI announced any gifts made through 2021 will go to the new Financial Assistance Fund, supporting students and professionals affected by the pandemic and helping to sustain campus community for the next 100 years.

Donate Now

Given the financial pressures higher education is facing, we are committed to ensuring campus community builders can continue to receive professional development and network with leaders to advance student success.

Apply for Assistance

Link your personal and/or department Amazon accounts to ACUI through AmazonSmile—online and through the mobile app—and a portion of all of your purchases will benefit the Association.

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Thank You!

Thanks to the generosity of over 330 donors, a total of $53,394 was raised in 2021 to support positive change in the lives of the college union profession through research, education, and scholarships. In 2021, the Education and Research Fund:

  • Surpassed the goal of raising $50,000 in contributions for the Financial Assistance Fund.
  • Provided $41,839 in support for 18 campuses to renew their institutional membership, 54 individuals to participate in professional development programs, and 20 stays at the 2022 Annual Conference hotel through the Financial Assistance Fund.
  • Raised $17,136 through the 2021 Day of Giving, the highest amount raised in the history of the program.
  • Presented over $10,000 in awards, scholarships, and grants to support professional development and research. 
  • Implemented eight fundraising and celebration activities through virtual means.

The Education and Research Fund giving levels are established to represent lifetime cumulative giving. With over 750 giving society members, congratulations to the 104 of those who were inducted to a new giving level in 2021.

Impact of Gifts

Given the financial pressures higher education is facing as a result of the pandemic, ACUI is committed to ensuring donations in 2021 enable campus community builders to receive professional development and access needed resources.

Education

Financial support from the variety of scholarships available to attend ACUI programs helps another generation of leaders further their learning and commitment to the profession.

2020 Scholarship Recipients - Stidd and Melton

Research

Little research exists about college unions, and we want to change that. The Education and Research Fund has helped finance research on student learning through the built environment, involvement, and campus employment. This is done through offerings such as the Research and Education Grant and the Daniel M. Maxwell Dissertation of the Year Award.

2020 Reseach Award Recipients - Heidi Lang and Dorsey Spencer

Giving Opportunities

Make a Gift

Reoccurring or one-time gifts can be made in any amount via check or credit card to help advance campus community any time of year. Every dollar counts!

Knot Club

I-LEAD® alumni are encouraged to donate in honor of the year attended to support the Meg Sutton I-LEAD® Scholarship, allowing future generations of student leaders to experience this life-changing program.

Conference Events

Engage supporters through the FUNd Run/Walk/Roll, bid on auction items during the Annual Conference, or participate in a signature event at the Annual Conference.

2020 Scholarship Recipients - Victoria Rice and Denee Jenkins
2020 Scholarship Recipients - Sydney Scott and Keith Kowalka
2020 Scholarship Recipients - Edi Kuhn and Spencer Vincent

Matching Gifts

Employer matching programs can double or triple your gift. If your or your spouse/partner’s company has a matching program, email Fundraising Manager Justin Rudisille to learn how to best navigate options.

Named Giving

Continue the legacy of a deserving individual by making a gift in their honor or giving to a named award endowment. For information about naming opportunities, please contact ACUI CEO John Taylor.

Estate Giving

Plan your philanthropic legacy through a bequest or list the Education and Research Fund as a retirement or insurance beneficiary. Learn more by contacting ACUI Director of Finance and Administration Dave Teske.