Annual Fund and Dean's Fund

101% of $20,000 goal
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Giving Tuesday
235 Donors - $59,280 Donated

Annual Fund

Every gift makes a difference at the University of Northern Iowa. Giving any amount to the UNI Annual Fund, UNI’s unrestricted fund, helps support the most immediate needs of the university.

The UNI Annual Fund is essential to advancing the university’s educational mission, as gifts are utilized in countless ways to build and sustain the experience of students at UNI.  You are invited to make a difference at the University of Northern Iowa by giving to the UNI Annual Fund.

Deans' Funds for Excellence

Students in UNI's four colleges — the College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences — engage in undergraduate research, internships and study abroad. They travel to conferences and earn professional certifications. Faculty expand their knowledge and skills through professional development.

None of this happens without the support of the Deans' Funds for Excellence. Your support of these funds give each college the ability to respond to changing industry needs and provide opportunities that set a UNI education apart.

Give to support work happening in each college.

  • College of Business: Each year, donors such as yourself support certification classes, international studies in more than 50 countries, academic competitions, site visits, and many other high-impact, career-specific learning experiences. Your gift ensures business graduates are #readyforbusiness and so much more!
  • College of Education: Gifts to the Dean's Fund for Excellence allow students to receive an exceptional education and improve our programs by providing opportunities such as scholarships and financial aid assistance for students, research opportunities for students and faculty, and conference and travel opportunities for students and faculty. Support the Dean's Fund for Excellence or a specific department initiative today!
  • College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund For Excellence - Arts: Gifts to the Dean's Fund for Excellence are used to enhance student opportunities and programs. It provides UNI students opportunities to: Attend and present at regional/national conferences, study abroad and engage in community outreach through the arts, as well as provide support for faculty development targeted at improving the student experience.
  • College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences Dean's Fund For Excellence - Sciences: Gifts to the Dean's Fund help enhance student opportunities and programs. Your support funds opportunities such as student travel to professional conferences to present their summer research results, stipends for undergraduate research associates working with UNI faculty, support for faculty to develop online courses, and purchase of the latest industry current software.
  • College of Social & Behavioral SciencesGifts to the Dean's Fund for Excellence support opportunities where funding from other sources is either limited or non-existent. This includes: scholarships, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, travel to conferences for students and faculty, and professional development for faculty.
Final Total - $59,280 from 235 Donors


Through your generous gifts and efforts on social media, we exceeded all goals for #UNIGivingTuesday. UNI students will directly benefit from your participation and engagement. 

I hope you were able to enjoy the day and can take pride in the group accomplishment.

For the Annual Giving nerds out there: 

  • $59,280 raised
  • 235 donations
  • 34 different designations
  • Gifts ranged from $10 to $10,000
  • Class gifts ranged from 1962 to 2020
  • Most gifts by class year: 2013 (Woo!)
  • Most dollars by class year: 1987

Very proud of the Panther family!

See you all on April 7 for 💜 Live Purple, Give Gold! 💛


-Rob Ruchotzke '13

360 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke
Thank you and Final Push

$40,000 goal has been met and passed! Thank you to everyone who has contributed their gifts and shared their UNI story. Your stories are inspiring and your gifts will be transformational for current and future UNI students.

The final push for the night will come from our Panther Engagement Center (PEC) student employees. A group of dedicated UNI students who speak with alumni, parents and friends of UNI every night. PEC students gain a lot by speaking with people like you and appreciate the opportunity to better UNI through their efforts. 

The final stretch goal for #UNIGivingTuesday will be $50,000.

We hope to finish the night out strong with the efforts from our PEC students. Help them out by sharing the campaign page to your social network.

Thankful for your support!

-Rob Ruchotzke '13

361 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke
First goal met! Stretch Goal - $40,000

Thanks to some very generous donors (you), we've met our first goal of $30,000! 

We're so thankful for your support and the stories we've seen so far on social media. We hope to keep this momentum going with a stretch goal of $40,000 before the day is out. 

Keep sharing your UNI story on social media with a link to the campaign and the #UNIGivingTuesday. 

Go Panthers!

361 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke
Annual Giving and Dean's Fund - 1st Goal Met!

The support from the Panther community has been loud and proud! The Annual Fund and Dean's Fund for Excellence are the pillars of annual giving support and your gifts will make an incredible difference in the lives of current and future students. 

The Annual Fund and Dean's Fund for Excellence campaign will now aim for a stretch goal of $20,000 before the day is finished. 

If you've made your gift, THANK YOU. Please continue to share your UNI story to keep momentum going this #UNIGivingTuesday!

361 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke
#UNIGivingTuesday and Matching gifts

Wow, what a start to #UNIGivingTuesday! We're nearing gifts of $10,000 and it's not even 10:00 am! Thank you to everyone who's supported so far!

There are multiple matching gift and challenge gift opportunities available for review. If you haven't already, tell your UNI story and share why you support the next generation of Panthers!

NOTE: The Student Emergency Fund reached their initial goal of $2,500 and will be aiming for a stretch goal of $7,500.

Matching gift opportunities: 

$10,000 Panther Completion Grant matching challenge is available. Any gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000!

$1,000 unrestricted matching gift in honor of Fred Abraham for the next $1,000. Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar to any designation!

$2,000 Student Emergency Fund matching challenge is nearly completed but there's still time to get your gift matched.

Challenge gift opportunities: 

An alumni from the class of 2013 has offered to donate $250 if 25 donors make a gift. 

Create your own challenge or matching gift to encourage other supporters to get involved.

362 days ago by Rob Ruchotzke

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