Community invited to support UHV in Giving Tuesday campaign
The holiday season is here, and community members will have a special opportunity to contribute to the University of Houston-Victoria during the university’s fourth annual Giving Tuesday campaign, including the opportunity to help the university meet a matching challenge goal.
The university will host its 24-hour fundraising campaign starting at midnight Dec. 3 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – and ending at 11:59 p.m. that day. The fundraiser encourages all supporters of UHV, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, corporations and other community members, to make donations to the university area of their choice. Some of these include each UHV school, the General Scholarship Fund and the student food pantry.
“UHV has been fortunate to have outstanding Giving Tuesday campaigns for three years in a row,” said Kira Mudd, UHV director of alumni relations and annual giving. “The support from the community has grown every year. It’s a testament to how much the community believes in what we are doing as a university.”
During last year’s campaign, the university had its first-ever Giving Tuesday corporate matching challenge from KMH Wealth Management. This year, KMH is offering a new challenge. If the university receives donations from 250 donors, KMH will contribute $7,500 to the university, $5,000 of which will be divided between the five areas that received the largest number of donations, Mudd said.
KMH chose to support UHV through its gift and corporate challenge because the university has made a positive impact on its business and the community, said Kyle Noack, managing director of KMH Wealth Management in Victoria. Many of the business’s employees are UHV alumni, and the company wanted to give back to the institution that has educated some of the firm's key people.
“UHV has been good to us as a company and good to the Victoria community,” Noack said. “I’m a big believer that one of the reasons people are on this earth is to help others, and the holiday season is a good time to give something to support people with various needs.”
UHV Giving Tuesday donations to the university can be made on Dec. 3 by calling 361-570-4812, going to the secure website www.uhvconnect.org/donations or stopping by a UHV giving station set up on the UHV campus and at local businesses. A list of off-campus locations and times will be available on the UHV Facebook page as Giving Tuesday approaches. Donors who give $25 or more will receive a “I support JAXNATION” T-shirt while supplies last.
Last year’s campaign raised more than $21,000 for 44 programs, departments and scholarships across the university. UHV hopes to see even more support this year, Mudd said.
“It’s been amazing to see the community come together to offer so much support in the space of just one day,” she said. “UHV has a lot to offer the community, and we are grateful to know that the community supports us as we work to serve it.”
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.