Our students have placed their most valuable asset into our hands–their future.
And in response, our commitment to ensuring they reach their full potential can only happen when we come together and create the opportunities required for developing the servant-leaders of tomorrow in ways that set them up for lifelong success.
Campaign for the Future of the University of Findlay is a seven-year initiative with a total goal of $75 million. Providing affordable education and enriching the student experience are two primary objectives in our continuing mission to develop students who, upon graduation, are prepared for both service and leadership within their communities.
Our students go on to do incredible achievements with the education they receive here. And one of the reasons they choose the University of Findlay from the outset is because they know that at every step of their journey, they’re never alone. From fellow students, alumni, and faculty and staff to university leaders, corporate allies, and members of the community who bleed Orange and Black, our partners in the Campaign for the Future of the University of Findlay have already made their mark in support of increasing affordability and enhancing the student experience. Now, it’s your turn to get involved and tell your story.
A PASSION FOR ORANGE AND BLACK
Oiler friends and alumni are eager to share their passion for UF. Their love for students, for faculty, for campus memories, for athletics, for long-held values, and for so much more at UF can take shape in many ways. Let them tell you why they give….
The past is written. The present is already here. But we have the power to create the future. When you get involved today, you are adding your strength to an effort that’s already underway to make a difference in the lives of our students and the families, neighborhoods, and communities they will someday serve.
Our alumni get it. They’re where they are now because those who sacrificed their time, effort, and resources to ensure their education at Findlay gave them every opportunity to thrive. Now, it’s time to give back and, as a unified force, create opportunities for future generations of Oilers.
Together we will make education more affordable for more students by providing more access and financial support to individuals at every socioeconomic level and every stage of adult life.
A passion for investing in the success of Findlay’s students is at the heart of the Oiler Experience. Unrestricted endowed scholarship programs attract and support the best students even before they begin their first class. Endowed scholarships are permanent and made possible with the revenue from endowment funds.
The Findlay Fund is the philanthropic engine that drives our daily operations. This Fund allows the University to operate smoothly, enables innovation, and provides fuel for growth. It unlocks potential and enables our faculty and staff to get down to business and do what they do best. It makes it possible for us to weather crises without losing momentum. The needs are driven by the progression of students, and trusted University leadership always utilizes the Findlay Fund to that end. Supporting the Fund is the best way to make an immediate and broad impact.
Preparing the University of Findlay for an even stronger future begins with endowing the Findlay Fund. This unrestricted endowment will help build an unwavering financial foundation for immediate unforeseen infrastructure, programmatic, and student needs. Building on the legacy of the Findlay Fund, this endowment will continue to fuel generations of Oilers to come.
Enriching the student experience at UF empowers our graduates to develop into servant-leaders who carry forward our mission and make the changes necessary for building a better world.
Where Student-Athletes Learn Self-Discipline, Teamwork, and Leadership
The University of Findlay develops student-athletes who are poised to take the growth from their respective sport at UF and move it forward through their lives outside of the playing field. Enhancements to existing facilities will heighten competition and exposure, boost recruitment and grow enrollment, and create greater numbers of Oilers fans, who, together with student-athletes, will propel programs to greater attendance and acknowledgment. Additions to the lacrosse, baseball, softball, and soccer playing fields, including stadium seating and lighting, among other amenities, as well as renovations to Croy Gymnasium, will allow for a clearer path toward success and recognition for burgeoning University athletics.
Experiential Learning Space for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Academic Program
The Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHSS) Program at the University of Findlay is a national leader in fostering and producing forward-thinking graduates who go on to make a pivotal difference in the safety of people and places around the world. With a 100% job placement history, our students in the program are clearly in demand.
Now more than ever, the University needs to remain at the forefront of EHSS education, and modernizing and expanding the training spaces for the program is essential. Support for the expansion will lead to bigger opportunities for the experiential learning and exceptional knowledge that UF and its students are well-known for, and serve to create essential careers on the front lines of health.
Science Laboratory Renovations Throughout Campus
As a leader in the sciences—health, animal, and physical—the University of Findlay represents and encourages the equal and utmost care of humans, animals and the planet. As we offer more health programs than any other university in Northwest Ohio, being able to match the level of education to that of the desire we have to protect and better the world is paramount at UF.
Through the experiential learning that we thrive on, we are producing leaders who will find fresh cures to save lives, forge new paths for vaccines, and clean and protect the environment to promote the growth of innovation and initiative needed in our modern landscape. Having cutting edge facilities in support of the goals of having graduates who will lead the way toward a safer tomorrow is imperative.
Renovating and updating the lab facilities on campus for our premier animal science, biology, and health science programs, among others, will inspire students to discover solutions to new challenges and will move the University even closer toward the goal of all-caring, ever-knowledgeable, and wholly-capable graduates whose capacity to offer essential help is uniquely Findlay.
Regardless of what a student chooses as his or her major, their academic road always winds through the liberal arts and humanities. In an effort to create graduates who are knowledgeable in many areas, their required core classes include those in English, history, communication, language, religion, sociology, and a host of others.
Currently, the liberal arts faculty is housed in small, formerly residential houses that are expensive to maintain and lack the space to move the University’s arts, humanities, and social sciences programs into the future.
The Watterson Center for Ethical Leadership will strengthen student/faculty collaboration, and encourage a commitment to sustainability and the ability to grow and evolve with technology.
Endowed Leadership & Professorship Positions
A great education begins with great educators, inspiring teachers and dedicated staff members who make a difference in the lives of UF students and in the larger world. Decades after graduation, our alumni still remember that professor or professional who opened the world to them, ignited the passion for service and faith, or gave them the confidence to make a difference in their community.
Endowed leadership and professional positions allow Findlay to compete not only with other universities but also with business and industry for leading faculty and professionals. A named position is a prestigious honor and the funds allow our top faculty and professionals to take their work to the next level creating the kinds of vibrant academic programs and experiential learning opportunities for our students that the larger world will note.
Opportunities for endowed leadership positions are as varied as the passions of our supporters. Endowing key academic and athletic positions could include:
Endowed Leadership and Programs for University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum
The mission of University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books. The Museum celebrates the original art of picture books using education, exhibits, events, and artist visits.
These programs and opportunities would not be possible without Museum leadership dedicated to planning and implementing creative educational experiences that invite children and adults alike to explore the art within the story. Immersive programs are offered in both the Mazza Museum and the Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM Education Center. Opportunities for endowed leadership positions and programs include:
From developing vaccines and cures to creating more effective communication and every new idea in between, UF’s students, scholars, and faculty work to advance and educate the next generation. Creating a safer future by continuing to confront grand new challenges and seize opportunities takes advanced and persistent research. Your help with endowed funding for research in all areas of study ensures a sustained, compassionate, and innovative destination for the University of Findlay.
Grounded In Faith, Welcome To All
Christian leaders flourish at the University of Findlay. Regardless of academic focus or major, the University is always ready to assist with the life of faith. Founded by the Churches of God, General Conference, as a Christ-centered college, the University celebrates Christian principles alongside academia, viewing both as essential in the ever-changing world in which we live.
In times of comfort and in times of challenge, the Campus Ministries Program, welcoming to students of all denominations, provides the guidance that young people will use to make a lasting impact in the surrounding community and to form powerful bonds. Providing an endowment for the leadership within campus ministry will secure long-term support for this important work.
Study & Service Abroad
The University of Findlay has students and graduates in essential places around the world. Taking their UF education and values to places like Japan, South Korea, Dominican Republic, and England, among others, has created internationally knowledgeable students who positively affect the world’s economy and recognize global commonalities.
Well-traveled Oiler students, no matter the direction or destination, become more compassionate community members who work with others to help influence the way the world evolves. Funds for study and service abroad, whether through mission trips, academic experiences, or internships, whether endowed or operational, will help both students and faculty to make the most of a wider experiential learning, one that leads to a better understanding of diversity and working together as a whole: knowledge to better serve to better humanity.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Through experiential learning at Findlay, students develop valuable knowledge and skills. Experiences like working side-by-side with vital health professionals and on-site with practicing veterinarians, and editing the University’s literary journal, Slippery Elm, among many other opportunities, provide students with hands-on training unique to their major.
With internships from NASA to the Ohio House of Representatives, Oiler students are getting jump-starts on productive careers. Across UF, from the sciences to education, from the arts to professional fields, our students are becoming individually-minded, yet collaborative leaders, ready for the workforce.
Serving & Learning With All Sectors Of Our Community
Students from University of Findlay link to the local community through mutually beneficial service projects. Serving with and learning from local health administrations, churches, government offices, youth organizations, multiple businesses, and others help to create well-rounded and attentive students and graduates of Findlay. Promoting volunteer service further develops students’ citizenship skills and values, encourages collaborative partnerships between the campus and community, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.
Every dollar given to the Campaign for the Future of University of Findlay impacts a student’s life in a meaningful way and sets them up for success in their career and life.
Raised so far:
$54,353,735 / $75M
Since our beloved University’s founding in 1882, we have grown in physical footprint and global reach. The first building, Old Main, stands high still but no longer alone. From the iconic Griffith Memorial Arch at the front of campus to the state-of-the-art laboratories, animal science and equestrian centers, interactive classrooms, fields of sport, art museum, dining facilities, and residential halls, UF has emerged in physical testimony to the power of united purpose among people who lead and serve for the good of students.
The first class at then Findlay College totaled 70 students. Since then, our student populations have grown into the thousands each year, representing regions throughout our country and world. We are not done. We will grow stronger from the challenges, accomplishments, and lessons learned throughout our history and in the current era.
We will forge new paths for students at all stages of life and all socioeconomic levels. Join us. Students will solve real-world problems with mentorship from professors and practitioners. Join us.
We commit ourselves anew to cutting-edge teaching and learning, to the intersection of faith and intellect, and to the practice of compassionate service to others. Join us.
Comprehensive and personal, grounded in Christian faith and welcoming all, committed to enduring values and adaptive to fast-paced change, the University of Findlay stands ready to inspire and equip students to serve and lead with deep purpose. Together, we will propel this great University into an even greater future. Join us.
Campaign for the Future of the University of Findlay