The Direction 2020 Fund
In creating the Direction 2020 fund, our goal is to secure the future of our department by creating a fund whose annual income will allow us to meet the most critical needs, such as recruiting and retaining the best faculty and students, purchasing equipment for the teaching laboratories, and creating educational programs (e.g., travel awards) for deserving students. This fund will not reduce the support currently provided by the campus, because our state budget is over 85% dedicated to salaries and generally set by formula.
Documented Impact and Stewardship. Everyone who gives to the Direction 2020 fund will have access to an annual report showing its market value, growth, and income. Most importantly, how the income from the fund was used in the previous year will be detailed so that the impact of every gift will be seen.
Donor Recognition. Each donor to Direction 2020 will be acknowledged in the annual report and in the Chemistry newsletter. Gifts can be specified as anonymous. For major annual giving and annual pledge levels, donors will be permanently recognized in the Hand Laboratory Building (see below for details).
Giving in Honor of Another. A gift may be given in honor of a friend, family member, or a Mississippi great. Acknowledge the impact of a research advisor or honor the memory of a loved one. The donor's gift will be listed as given in "honor of" or in "memory of."
Special Recognition. For an annual gift to Direction 2020 of $10,000 or a pledge of $2,000 per year for five years, the donor will have the opportunity to choose an element (or create an element name) on the "Donor Periodic Table" which will be displayed in the entrance hallway of Hand Laboratory. For cumulative gifts above the $20,000 level over a five year period, the donor will be further recognized on a permanent plaque in the main hallway of Hand Laboratory.