President Dr. Phil Schubert is giving the ACU community a unique opportunity to become involved with nonprofit organizations.
A new program called the Degree of Satisfaction,is being offered to ACU faculty and staff to promote donations and involvement with the Abilene branch of United Way.
For years ACU has partnered with United Way of Abilene, the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the community, according to the organization’s website.
The Degree of Satisfaction was created by the ACU Online team under the direction of Sally Sanchez, ACU United Way campaign coordinator and assistant instructional designer for ACU Online. The team created a public website where participants can learn about United Way and its causes in under two minutes. At the end, users are given the chance to donate to the United Way through a downloadable form.
“People are wary of e-mail requests to donate money, so we really wanted to make a creative way to do it,” Sanchez said. “We want to meet the goals that the university has reached in the past years.”
According to the Degree of Satisfaction program, United Way has invested about $1.24 million in West Central Texas throughout the year. 98.7 cents of every dollar that United Way receives goes toward the Abilene community.
Sanchez stressed that while donations have been coming in, there is still a large amount of funds that needs to be raised to reach the university’s goal.
The Degree of Satisfaction program is intended for faculty and staff, but students can participate, too.
“We considered getting students donating. Although we didn’t go that route, students are more than welcome to donate,” Sanchez said.
Schubert said the best method the ACU community can use to help United Way is by giving financially, as the charity is set up to give money to different organizations across Abilene. While donating financially may not be possible for everyone, there are also volunteering opportunities within the different nonprofit agencies that United Way supports, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Schubert has personally given to United Way since he started working for ACU 17 years ago.
“I think they are very efficient, I think they are well run, and the impact they can have on a city like Abilene, Texas is significant,” Schubert said. “I see them with a great degree of credibility, so I’ve always been very comfortable supporting them, encouraging others to do the same.”
To get your Degree of Satisfaction and donate to United Way cause visit https://sites.google.com/a/acu.edu/degree-of-satisfaction/.