University Celebrates Faculty and Staff Philanthropy

More than 1,000 faculty and staff made gifts to the university this year.

Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Bernard J. Davisson discusses why faculty and staff members give to GW.
October 28, 2013

Faculty and staff from across the George Washington University community joined President Steven Knapp on Thursday to celebrate their philanthropy at a Faculty and Staff Donor Reception.

The annual event recognizes faculty and staff donors of all levels and areas of the university for their commitment. The event was held in the School of Media and Public Affairs building.

In fiscal year 2013, more than 1,000 faculty and staff made a gift to the university through the We Are GW Faculty & Staff Campaign. The campaign started in the 2009-10 academic year and has seen tremendous growth since it began.

Julia Susuni, president of the Student Association, welcomed guests and thanked nearly 200 attendees for demonstrating how much they believe in GW and its students through their philanthropic giving.

After Ms. Susuni’s remarks, Dr. Knapp took the stage and expressed his heartfelt thanks to faculty and staff who not only work each and every day to achieve the university’s goals and mission, but also give their own resources to help move GW forward as an institution.

“Your financial investment in turn inspires others—corporations, foundations and other major donors—to support our efforts,” Dr. Knapp said.

Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Bernard J. Davisson discussed some of the reasons staff and faculty members said they support GW philanthropically.

Mr. Davisson said that the university’s Police Department Patrol Officer Carlton Jones told him he gives to the university because “it is a privilege to invest in the enrichment of young and talented minds.”  

Mr. Davisson also shared some words from Sylven Beck, director of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s Elementary Education Program.

“I give because I believe in this university,” Dr. Beck told Mr. Davisson.