Faculty, Staff Break Giving Record in 2009

Louis Noce, annual fund officer who directs Buffalo State’s annual Faculty and Staff Appeal, extends a sincere thank-you to the college community for its support of the 2009 campaign. “We’re the envy of our peers,” he said.

Noce, who has worked with various colleges and universities across the country as a development consultant, said that the Faculty and Staff Appeal Committee that organizes and executes the annual appeal does an extraordinary job.

Committee members are Dolores Battle, Claire Collier, Marian Deutschman, Carolyn Fusco, Kimberly Jackson, Karen Johnson, Lisa Krieger, Louis Noce, Mark Petrie, Holly Quicksey, Stephen Schwartz, and Rita Zientek.

“The committee members believe that giving to the college and our students is important,” Noce said.

The 2009 campaign demonstrated that the entire Buffalo State community shares that belief. Despite the economic downturn of fall 2008, the 2009 campaign saw a 4 percent increase in participation. “That’s tremendous,” said Noce. People designated their gifts to many categories, including scholarships, department funds, and the College Fund, which can be used where the college has the greatest need.

The campaign raised a record $168,800, up from $165,000 in 2008. “Even though one-time cash gifts decreased,” said Noce, “Buffalo State faculty and staff more than made up for it through payroll deductions. And the participation rate is outstanding.”

Faculty and staff support is important, according to Noce, because it makes a bold statement that the people who know the college best believe it’s worth supporting. He compared it to buying stock in a company, “Would you buy stock in a company that the employees didn’t support?

“This helps our students continue their education at a time when they really need the help,” said Noce. “Everyone should feel proud of our success.”

Nonetheless, he added, “We have a lot of room to grow. Next year’s campaign starts in February!”