Donors Critical in Students’ Lives

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Publisher of the Times-Georgian newspaper Leonard Woolsey has been an avid University of West Georgia supporter for many years – with significant contributions toward higher education and time and effort into bettering students’ lives. As chairman of the 2009 Annual Fund, he is once again demonstrating his support for the university.

Publisher of the Times-Georgian newspaper Leonard Woolsey has been an avid University of West Georgia supporter for many years – with significant contributions toward higher education and time and effort into bettering students’ lives. As chairman of the 2009 Annual Fund, he is once again demonstrating his support for the university. “I’ve long been a fan of UWG. The Times-Georgian works very closely with it and students at every opportunity,” said Woolsey. “I’m honored to help contribute to moving the university forward with this year’s drive.”

The Annual Fund, previously known as A DAY, is a rebranded fund-raising campaign to support student scholarships, faculty and staff development and undergraduate research.

A DAY began in 1983 as a one-day event to garner support from local businesses and individuals for the institution but since then has become a two-month campaign that has involved a growing number of volunteers, donors and university employees. This year the campaign has evolved into a collection of events to target a broader audience – not just local businesses and institutions, but alumni in other parts of the nation and overseas throughout Georgia and other states.

Woolsey said that the Annual Fund would work to personalize the communication of the critical role that donors play in the lives of students.

“I believe you’ll see this campaign evolve into one that not only educates but motivates people emotionally to connect with how their participation makes a difference in student lives,” said Woolsey. “There is no better investment than education. And we hope to help people better understand that an investment in education pays forward forever with the impact it makes in so many lives.”

As chair of the Annual Fund, Woolsey’s duties include overseeing the campaign’s progress and participating in speaking events. He is also helping oversee the Annual Fund’s transition, one that he believes will be a positive and progressive one.

“I think this is an excellent opportunity for us to remind ourselves of why we are involved in this commitment – for the betterment of the student’s educational experience,” said Woolsey. “That may seem broad, but it is also about the details of purchasing books or helping offset tuition expense. It needs change – and so does the best manner in which to fund these goals.”

Woolsey will work to promote and coordinate the advanced solicitation drive for the duration of the Annual Fund until the victory celebration on Oct. 22.

The 24th Annual Run for UWG, sponsored by First National Bank of Georgia, is scheduled for Oct. 1, with a pre-registration form available online through Sept. 25 at www.westga.edu/alumni.

“I believe in education and in UWG,” said Woolsey. “Get the word out. The word of why this is the right – if not the best – time to invest in education. And UWG is the place to invest. Right now.”

For more information on the Annual Fund, call 678-839-6582.