“FSA Giving Back” makes a comeback; faculty give to JCU

February 4th, 2010

John Carroll University’s “FSA Giving Back” campaign will return this year. The event will take place Feb. 8-12, after a one year hiatus last year.
The focus of the “FSA Giving Back” campaign is to collect donations to the University from faculty, staff and administrators. The donations that are collected will go toward The Carroll Fund, which is used for student aid, scholarships and other campus needs.
The Carroll Fund is an annual, renewable fund, that collects donations from alumni and other supporters of JCU, in addition to University employees.
Donations made to The Carroll Fund are spent during the fiscal year in which they are received.
A poor economy and faculty furloughs prompted the University to cancel the event last year, according to Megan Juby, associate director of annual giving.
The focus of the campaign is participation for at least 50 percent of the University. As of Jan. 27, the campaign reportedly achieved 30.7 percent of the goal.
“We already have 82 donors, and we haven’t even kicked off the campaign,” said Juby. “That is a great, great sign right there.”
Juby said that participation of faculty, staff and administrators is the main focus of the campaign this year, rather than the amount which they donate.
There is no set amount for donation. Those who choose to donate can donate any amount they wish.
“If faculty and staff give even $5 that is affirmative of the mission of JCU,” said Juby.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “I love JCU,” and the main event is a chili cook-off among faculty and staff competitors.
Connie Brooks, an administrative assistant for Grasselli Library, is looking forward to the cook-off. She  will be one of the cooks participating in the event.
“I think that anytime we have an opportunity to give something back and be a living part of the Jesuit mission we should take that opportunity, and it sounds like fun,” said Brooks.
All faculty, staff and administrators are invited to the event on Feb. 9. The winning chili recipe will be served in Schott Dining Hall sometime in February.
“FSA Giving Back” will also have an open house in the Student Calling Center.
Faculty, staff and administrators who contribute to the campaign will receive “I love JCU” pins on the last day of the campaign.