Activities at the 2023 Annual Conference
Get ready for the variety of opportunities available that support the Education and Research Fund at the upcoming 2023 ACUI Annual Conference in Boston, February 26–March 2.
- Contribute an item to the silent auction—with options to bring your own item, or choose from a curated list of items to support. Please complete this form in advance to share what you are contributing.
- Explore Boston and the conference—the Education and Research Fund will be coordinating a Walk/Run/Roll Scavenger Hunt. Sign up onsite, take photos during the week throughout the hotel and surrounding areas, and participate as individuals or small groups.
- Use social media to support our fundraising—through a game of Venmo Bingo, reach out to your colleagues, friends, and family for Venmo donations to ACUI to fill your bingo card. Can you fill your bingo card faster than your colleagues?
The Education and Research Fund Reception will occur on Monday, February 27 at 5 p.m.—donors will receive an invitation with the details.
Thanks to the generosity of over 250 donors, a total of $62,642 was raised in 2022 to support positive change in the college union profession through research, education, and scholarships. In 2022, the Education and Research Fund:
- Provided $20,653 in support for 17 program registrations and 15 conference lodging stays through the Financial Assistance Fund.
- Raised $39,655 through the 2022 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.
- Celebrated the impact of three outstanding Legacy Leader Award recipients: Missy Burgess, Debra Hammond, and Sharon Silverstein.
The Education and Research Fund giving levels are established to represent lifetime cumulative giving. With over 770 giving society members, congratulations to the 41 of those who were inducted to a new giving level in 2022.
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. "
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."
"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. "
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.