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The Faculty & Staff Drive for Accelerating Excellence

As the University's most dedicated donors, faculty and staff play a vital role in the success of Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University, a $500 million fundraising effort designed to propel SLU to national prominence by enhancing its position as a world-class research university.

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As a SLU employee, you are among the University’s greatest advocates, actively promoting our values and supporting the University’s mission on a daily basis. Now, SLU is asking you to contribute in another way – by making a gift during The Faculty & Staff Drive for Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University.

Running until mid-November, this focused fundraising effort aims to raise $10.5 million from faculty and staff donors, laying the groundwork for the success of the larger Accelerating Excellence campaign that will launch publicly in November. Gifts of any amount to any SLU fund count toward the goal of this special fundraising initiative. 




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Goal of Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University.

Excitingly, through multi-year pledges and thanks to a few very generous planned gifts, $10,347,222 has already been raised from faculty and staff. That leaves just $152,778 to reach our goal! 

Lecturer or librarian, registrar or researcher, public safety officer or professor, groundskeeper or graphic designer — every single faculty and staff member contributes to the success of our students and our University. In addition to the talents you give to SLU every day, please consider offering your financial support via payroll deduction.

Let's send a message to the greater community that SLU has the support of the people who know the University best.

I'm in! Make a gift now.

Donor Spotlight: Theodore R. Vitali, C.P., Ph.D.

With the blessing of his order, the Passionist Congregation, Fr. Vitali has designated SLU as beneficiary of his retirement account. Learn more about why supporting SLU is important to him.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I give?

We encourage you to give at whatever level is meaningful and practical for you. Every gift, no matter the amount, helps SLU achieve its vision for its future: enhancing its position as a world-class research university. Every gift also helps bring The Faculty & Staff Drive for Accelerating Excellence closer to its $10.5 million goal.

I already made a gift this fiscal year; does it count toward this drive?

First, thank you for your continued support! And yes, your gift counts. However, this special drive aims to garner support from the SLU community as a great start to the Accelerating Excellence campaign. We hope you will consider enrolling in payroll deduction between mid-September and mid-November. It is the most convenient and efficient way for faculty and staff to give back. 

Where should I direct my gift?

You can designate your gift to any college, department, program, scholarship, or pre-established gift fund.

What if I have an existing payroll deduction?

Thank you for your continued support! We hope you will consider increasing your payroll deduction in support of the campaign. You can also use the payroll deduction form to edit the fund designations of your existing payroll deduction.

When will my payroll deduction start?

Whether you are paid bi-weekly or monthly, you should see the deduction the very next pay period. However, if you submit your form near the timesheet due date, the deduction may begin the following pay period.

How do I request a payroll deduction?

Simply click the blue button above or visit

Is my gift tax-deductible? 

Yes! A receipt will be mailed to you at the end of the calendar year. Your gift acknowledgment letter, which you should receive in the mail soon after you make your gift, can also serve as your tax receipt.

Can I make a gift anonymously?

Yes, Saint Louis University accepts anonymous gifts and will protect the anonymity of any donor who requests it.

I have already given so much, why should I contribute financially?

The talents and skills you contribute to SLU every day are an important part of the University's success. A financial contribution during this special fundraising drive will help provide the resources SLU needs to achieve its vision of becoming a world-class research university. Faculty and staff support also creates a strong foundation for the public Accelerating Excellence campaign's success, demonstrating to St. Louis and beyond that those who know SLU best believe in its vision for the future.