We Are UA is the University’s faculty and staff giving campaign to support colleges, schools and programs across our campus. By making a gift of any size, faculty and staff enable our institution to achieve its mission of advancing teaching, research and service at the highest level. We Are UA kicks off March 30, 2022 and concludes April 21, 2022.

As faculty and staff, we invest our time, energy and talents to provide extraordinary learning opportunities for all UA students. No matter our job description, we touch every part of our campus community and prepare students for a lifetime of success.

We have overcome challenges as a campus community, coming together and giving hope to each other and the community beyond.

Participation in We Are UA is far more important than the size of the donation itself. A high rate of employee giving speaks volumes about the Capstone as a place for philanthropic investment and demonstrates the pride we have in our institution. Contributions to We Are UA will count as part of The Rising Tide Capital Campaign. Together, we become a force strong enough to transform the world around us.

Ambassadors

Meet Dr. Steven
Yates


Position: Assistant Professor and Assistant Director in the School of Library and Information Studies

Years at UA: 10

Philanthropic Interests: Yates is dedicated to financially supporting various areas across campus including the performing arts, athletics, libraries and the Alabama Public Radio station WUAL, housed at UA.

Fun Facts:

  • Yates is a first-generation college student who grew up in Tuscaloosa and earned multiple degrees from UA.
  • He received the 2021 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship from the American Library Association.
  • He volunteers at local, state, and national levels to advocate for increased support for libraries of all sizes and types.

Meet Alicia
Browne


Position: Director of Housing Administration

Years at UA: 16

Philanthropic Interests: Browne is a long-time supporter of Alabama Public Radio and established the Grateful Patient Support Fund at UA in memory of her mother.

Fun Facts:

  • Browne is the daughter of first-generation college students.
  • She has contributed to each of UA’s Bama Blitz campaigns, since the first in 2018.
  • She was a member of the 2016 cohort of Leadership U.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I being asked to give?

We Are UA is your opportunity to support and advance the journey of our university. The success of We Are UA is based solely on participation, making it possible for every single employee to contribute, no matter the size of their gift.

How is this different from the United Way Campaign?

United Way is a community organization that assists in the monetary support of organizations benefiting our community and West Alabama. The We Are UA campaign is unique because all funds directly support UA programs. You may choose to support any area, department or fund. Your participation is an investment in The University of Alabama, much like your United Way gift demonstrates your support of the local community. We hope you will consider a gift to We Are UA in addition to your contribution to the United Way.

How can my gift make a difference?

Annual gifts provide necessary resources to help meet needs no other funding source has met. These programs and services help UA maintain excellence in many areas. A high level of internal support sends a strong message to community leaders, business owners, foundations, parents, students and prospective students that we believe in what we do and are willing to invest in the University’s mission.

Who gives to We Are UA?

All employees are invited to participate. Additionally, if you graduated from UA, your gift will be counted in alumni participation rates.

How much should I give?

Participation rates are how we measure our success. Regardless of the size of your gift, what is important is that you are involved at a level meaningful to you.

Where does my gift have the most impact?

Your own interests should be your guide. UA always accepts unrestricted gifts, providing flexibility to apply funds where they are most needed. Several benefit the entire University, such as those shown in the Unique Giving Opportunities to Consider list. Each college also has specific needs to support.

Is We Are UA separate from The Rising Tide Capital Campaign?

No, gifts to We Are UA will count as part of The Rising Tide Capital Campaign.

How do I make my gift?

You can make a gift to support the college, school or program of your choice through the payment option that works best for you.

  • Payroll Deduction
    Establish a new payroll deduction here. To make changes to your existing payroll deduction, call: 205-348-5370.
  • Online
    Make a one-time gift here.
  • Phone
    Call the Office of Advancement Services (205-348-5370) to make a gift with your credit card. Please specify the designation of your gift, and indicate it is for the We Are UA faculty and staff campaign.
  • Mail
    Mail your pledge card with a check (payable to The University of Alabama) to:
    The University of Alabama
    Office of Advancement Services
    Box 870101
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes! Your gifts to The University of Alabama are tax-deductible to the extent of current IRS regulations.

Where can I designate my gift?

When you make a contribution, you decide where you want your gift to go. Whether you designate your gift to a college, department, program, scholarship or pre-established gift fund, 100% of your gift goes to support the area of your choice.

I have already made a gift this year. Does this count in the We Are UA Campaign?

Yes, all gifts made by employees from May 1, 2021 to present will be counted.

Are there any restrictions on faculty and staff giving?

You may designate your gift to your school, program, department or any area of the University you choose so long as it is not a fund over which you have spending control or which directly benefits you. If you are the signature authority on an endowed fund or the fund is defined as a current use fund for a specific purpose (such as a building fund or a scholarship fund), you may contribute to that fund. However, if you are the signature authority on an unrestricted current use account, you may not contribute to that fund.

What about a deferred gift?

Deferred gifts — such as gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and life insurance policies — also count as faculty and staff contributions. For more information, please call the Office of Planned Giving at 205-348-0999.

How do I take advantage of a corporate matching program?

If your spouse works for a matching gift company, you could be eligible to double or even triple your gifts to We Are UA. Thousands of companies nationwide sponsor matching gift programs to encourage employees to make charitable contributions. Some companies may even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. For more information, please call the Office of Advancement Services at 205-348-5370.

Who can I contact for more information?

Each college, school or unit has volunteer representatives able to help answer your questions. You can also contact the Office of Annual Giving at 205-348-4545.