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Guide for donors to Missouri State University-West Plains


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  • Donor Guide Index

    Message from the Office of Development 1

    Missouri State University-West Plains Annual Fund 2

    Friends of the Garnett Library 3

    Grizzly Athletics Booster Club 4

    General Fund 5

    Annual Auction 6

    Philanthropic Women for Education 7

    Named Scholarship Opportunities 8-9

    Looney Hall Room Naming Opportunities 10

    Endowed Chairs & Professorships 11-12

    FEMA Shelter Naming Opportunity 13

    Gohn Hall Funding Completed 14

    Hass-Hoover Hall 15

    Tuttle Amphitheater 16

    How to Make a Gift 17


    Missouri State University-West PlainsOffice of Development128 Garfield Ave. West Plains, MO 65775417-255-7240

    Development office staff :

    Director of Development Elizabeth Grisham

    Assistant Director of Development Joe Kammerer

    Administrative Assistant Debbie Martin

    Administrative Assistant Debra Mosley

    Grant Development SpecialistJessi Long

    Events Coordinator Terry Hampton

    ChanCellors ChoiCe

    Symbol Key

    : Priority needs

    : Help us cross the finish line

    Funding Completed : Thank you!

    ChanCellors ChoiCe

  • Office of Development 417-255-7240 1

    Donor Guide

    Message from the Office of DevelopmentThank you for your interest in Missouri State University-West Plains, the two-year open admissions campus of the Missouri State University System. We are the only public institution of higher education for 100 miles and are located in the 10th poorest congressional district in the country. We are proud of the associates, bachelors and masters degrees the West Plains campus offers to students in our seven-county service region. Keeping higher education affordable and accessible is our primary mission. Only through education can we break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of our students, their families and the communities we serve. We are truly an island of opportunity in a sea of need.

    We want your gift to be a reflection of your passions and interests, a lasting legacy of the values you hold dear. Through a discussion of our needs and giving choices, we think we can provide the perfect fit, one that matches your desired level of giving capability with your choice of designation. No matter how you choose to make your gift, whether through an outright gift, a gift of securities or property or a legacy left in a bequest or will, we hope one of the following options holds special meaning or purpose for you. Gifts also can be made in honor or memory of loved ones. Gifts may be made over a period of time with pledge agreements. We will be happy to invoice.

    Return on investment has become a critical component of our economic climate. Your investment in Missouri State University-West Plains gives you a bigger bang for your buck. Were frugal, were committed and were changing livesone student at a time. See the difference your donation can make!

  • Missouri State University-West Plains Annual Fund

    Missouri State-West Plains Annual Fundno gift is too small...

    The founders of Missouri State University-West Plains had a vision that a regional university campus would transform the lives of our residents and the seven counties we serve. Nearly 50 years later, the university continues a proud tradition of serving our region, yet the combination of shrinking state funding and significant enrollment growth has created a challenge that only can be addressed through private giving.

    Started in 2007, the annual fund is an optimal way to maximize a smaller donation and know it will benefit students of Missouri State University-West Plains. The annual fund provides funding for five different university areas that cant be funded through state appropriations or tuition. Annual fund monies are used for:

    Scholarships Emergency grants University/Community Programs Campus labs, technology and facilities Educational initiatives

    The annual fund is a perfect place for alumni to begin a tradition of giving to the university.


  • Friends of the Garnett Library

    Friends of the Garnett LibraryGifts of $25 and up... Formed in 1992 shortly after the opening of the Garnett Library, the Friends organization has been a valuable link between the community and the university in helping to raise awareness of the services offered by the library and its needs. Members work diligently to ensure shelves are filled with current publications, as well as keeping computerized instructional equipment updated to assist students with learning and faculty with teaching.

    A Friends membership is a great way to support the Garnett Library. Dues vary by membership level from a regular individual membership of $25 to a lifetime business membership level of $1,000. All members have access to over two million books and periodicals through the Garnett Library in West Plains and the Meyer Library at the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. Monthly noon meetings are held from September through April and include interesting programs, food and fun!

    Donations made directly to the book fund will be honored with a brass plaque in the library. Donation levels are available from $500 to $10,000 and above.

    Office of Development 417-255-7240 3

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    Grizzly Athletics Booster Club

    Grizzly Athletics Booster ClubGifts of $250 and up...

    The athletic program is a vital and important part of campus life at Missouri State University-West Plains. Since their inception in 1993, the mens basketball and womens volleyball teams have provided entertainment for students and the community alike, and have attributed, in part, to the large enrollment increase on the West Plains campus. Participating athletes come from all states and many countries from around the globe, offering diversity to the Ozarks region and opportunities for students on our campus to learn about globalization. Grizzly sporting events are held in the West Plains Civic Center and have a direct impact on the economics of our community. The National Volleyball tournament alone will bring more than $100,000 to West Plains in one weekend.

    Membership in the Grizzly Booster Club ensures excellent seating at Grizzly athletic events and helps defray the costs necessary to run a first-class athletic program. Booster club memberships are available from $250 for senior citizens to the Trophy level at $3,500. Opportunities also are available to sponsor tournaments and games throughout the year.

    College athletes also have the opportunity to participate on the Grizzly cheer team.

  • General Fund

    General FundSome donors choose to make gifts to the general fund, which allows the university to apply the funds where the need is greatest. Donors who are willing to help here are truly special, because there are not many intrinsic rewards for those willing to pay for facilities, maintenance and repair. As state funding continues to plummet and enrollment continues to soar, general fund donors really give where the funds are most desperately needed. These funds are for unrestricted use.

    Office of Development 417-255-7240 5

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    Annual Auction

    Annual AuctionTickets: $30 Sponsorship: $250 and up...

    The Annual Auction is the signature fundraising event for Missouri State University-West Plains. Held each spring, the auction has been raising money to fund property acquisition to improve the physical campus for 16 years. Several desirable properties remain within the universitys footprint, and auction proceeds also help with the cost of demolition and abatement (asbestos removal). Few other fundraising efforts impact the entire university the way property acquisition does. The fun-filled evening features music, dinner and a silent and live auction during which more than 350 items are sold to the highest bidder. Tickets are $30 each. Table sponsorships also are available.

    The dedicated volunteer auction committee solicits auction items for an entire year preceding the event. If youre interested in donating an item or an experience package, please contact the development office. Sponsorships also are available from $250 to $5,000.

  • Philanthropic Women for Education

    Philanthropic Women for Education Gift of $1,000 per year for a minimum of five years... Women are becoming the rising tide in philanthropy. Studies show women are emerging as philanthropy decision makers in their families, partially because women are increasingly the major bread winner in the family, and partially because they frequently outlive their spouses and are left with major financial decisions.

    Philanthropic Women for Education at Missouri State University-West Plains was formed in 2003. This group of women meets three times a year and votes annually to decide what programs to fund at the university. Members of the group share a passion for education and strong opinions on how their donations need to be used. Recently, the group made a five-year commitment to fund the Honors Professorship at $11,250 per year while a search is made for an endowment. This impacted about 100 honors students on our campus. Other projects have included funding tutors at the Student Academic and Advisement Support Center, equipment purchases, and travel to conferences for various student groups. Membership and pledge renewals are encouraged after the five or ten-year period.

    Office of Development 417-255-7240 7

  • Named Scholarship Opportunities

    Named Scholarship Opportunities Gifts of $1,500 to $10,000 and up...