What is Annual Giving?
Every year, we call TROY’s loyal alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff to ask
them to support the University. The money raised in this drive goes into the Annual
Fund which impacts virtually everything at the University.
Our mission is to encourage donors to support the University at every dollar level
and to help spread the message that gifts of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated
by the University. Annual support from alumni, friends, faculty and staff is a vital
element to Troy University’s mission of maintaining a tradition of excellence in education
and public service.
Why Does Annual Giving Matter?
Annual gifts enable Troy University to provide resources not covered by tuition or
state funding. No student at the University graduates without having been touched
in some way by annual gifts from alumni and friends.
Your contribution can make an impact immediately by providing a student with a scholarship
and helping faculty, staff and students attend academic conferences. Your gift can
also have a long-term effect by helping us purchase equipment, or other needed resources.
Every contribution – regardless of size – will make a difference for our students,
faculty, and staff.
Many of the traditions, activities and programs you loved as a TROY student, along
with those you have come to enjoy as a friend of the institution, can remain a part
of the University through annual support. Click here to make a gift today in support of your TROY Trojans!
Can I designate my gift?
You may choose to give your gift to a specific fund or area of giving such as the
Troy Annual Fund, other need based scholarships, academic programs or department of
Can I give my gift to more than one area?
Yes! You can designate your gift to as many areas as you would like.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes, your gift is tax-deductible.
How can I give?
There are various ways to give your gift:
- Mail in Cash or Check to: Troy University Foundation, 301 Adams Admin., Troy, AL 36082
- Give online by clicking Give Now
Annual Giving Programs
Congratulations to Sarah McKenzie, Troy Abroad Coordinator for winning our April faculty/staff
Upon winning, Sarah said "I support the faculty/staff campaign because Troy University
is a great place to work and offers students a wonderful education with opportunities,
like study abroad, to prepare them for life after college."
You could be a winner too! For a chance to win, you need to be a current participant
in our Faculty/Staff campaign. For more information, please call 334-670-5924 or email
Special thanks to the Troy Alumni Office for the gift basket!
2020 Faculty and Staff Campaign Form
One of TROY's greatest strengths is its dedicated faculty and staff. One important
way faculty and staff members can demonstrate their commitment to the University is
through support of the Faculty and Staff Campaign for the Annual Fund. As a member
of the Troy University faculty and staff, you are the guiding force behind this University’s
remarkable success and have made TROY a vibrant community with a growing reputation.
When faculty and staff say “YES” in supporting TROY, it sends a powerful message to
alumni and friends outside of the University. Support of TROY demonstrates a belief
in the programs faculty and staff work with on a daily basis. A high percentage of
participation encourages others to support the University as well. Collectively, our
efforts and commitment to our University have made a huge difference.
During your time at Troy University, you have been a valued and vital member of TROY’s
faculty and staff. Your dedication and abilities are found at the core of what makes
the TROY experience great. You make a difference in the lives of our students, and
you can continue to help provide new opportunities to our ever-growing family of Trojan
Warriors by donating to the University’s Faculty Staff Campaign!
Your generous gift increases TROY’s ability to provide scholarships, faculty and staff
awards, professional development and exciting improvements in academic programs. Participating
in this campaign not only continues to help build TROY’s remarkable success and reputation
within our communities, but it also shows prospective corporate and foundation donors
that our faculty and staff believe in and support the future of Troy University!
There are many options for giving. In fact, with the simple click of a button, you
can direct your gift to your choice of college, school, unit, fund or area of greatest
need. You can also choose to give to TROY’s general scholarship fund or other areas
of your choosing. Thank you for your generosity and heart for TROY. By working together
to bring the best to the brightest, your legacy at our great University will be felt
around the globe and through the successful careers of our students.
With Trojan Pride,
Becky V. Watson
Associate Vice Chancellor for Development
While we need everyone to give generously, your participation, at any level, is what
counts and will show prospective corporate and foundation donors that our faculty
and staff believe in the future of Troy University. With the ability to restrict your
donation to your own department or area of interest, you have the opportunity to make
a difference for the University while supporting a department or area important to
If you would like to make a gift to the Faculty and Staff Campaign, please click on
the campaign form provided above, print, fill out, and return to the Office of Development.
You may either make a one-time gift of Check or Cash. Please make checks payable to
Troy University Foundation. You may give through Payroll Deduction, or you may give
Blackbaud data security incident FAQs
1. What Happened?
Only July 16, 2020, a third party vendor, Blackbaud, informed the Troy University
Foundation that, in May 2020, Blackbaud suffered a ransomware attack, which may have
resulted in unauthorized access to certain information maintained by Blackbaud. Upon
learning of this event, TROY immediately commenced an investigation to determine what,
if any, Troy University Foundation data was impacted. Please know that we take this
incident and the security of our donors' information very seriously. We are diligently
working to determine the full nature and scope of this incident, as well as confirm
whether and what Foundation data may be involved.
2. When did Troy University Foundation discover that this happened?
On July 16, 2020, our third-party vendor, Blackbaud, informed us that it experienced
an attempted ransomware attack in May 2020. We immediately began an investigation
to determine how this incident impacts the Troy University Foundation, and our investigation
is ongoing. Please know we take the security of information very seriously and are
diligently working to learn more about this incident.
3. Who is Blackbaud and do they have my personal information?
Blackbaud is a cloud-computing provider that offers customer relationship management
and financial services tools, focusing on the non-profit sector. The Troy University
Foundation uses Blackbaud primarily for these services, including front-end fundraiser
analytics, benchmarking, and prospect screening analytics. While Blackbaud does store
certain Troy University Foundation information, we are currently working to confirm
what, if any, of this information was impacted by Blackbaud's ransomware event.
4. What information of mine was potentially accessed?
The Troy University Foundation is actively investigating what, if any, information
was potentially impacted by Blackbaud's ransomware event. While our investigation
is ongoing, to date, Blackbaud advised that no credit card information was included
in the impacted files, and that no bank account information, usernames, passwords
or Social Security numbers were accessible to the unauthorized actor. Moreover, Social
Security numbers are not stored by the Troy University Foundation in this system.
The Troy University Foundation understand, however, from the information provided
by Blackbaud, that certain financial-giving records were included among the data potentially
impacted by the recent incident. Such records could include donors’ names, physical
addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, and donor profile information, such as donors’
real estate asset holdings or giving history. We continue to investigate this incident
and can provide additional updates as necessary.
5. What is Troy University Foundation doing to prevent this from happening again?
The Foundation is currently investigating the nature and scope of this incident and
will work with Blackbaud to evaluate additional measures and safeguards to protect
against this type of incident in the future.
6. Why did it take so long to notify me?
The Troy University Foundation continues to see information from Blackbaud regarding
its investigation and response to this incident, including why the Troy University
Foundation and other customers were not notified sooner. However, upon receiving initial
notification from Blackbaud on July 16, 2020, the Troy University Foundation immediately
responded and launched an investigation to determine the extent to which Troy University
Foundation data may be impacted. Our initial investigation and response efforts were
required to ensure the accuracy of the information provided to you. The Troy University
Foundation then moved to notify those whose information may be impacted.
Updated (July 29, 2020): Blackbaud was advised by law enforcement not to begin notifying
customers of the incident until the investigation of the extent of the breach was
7. What should I do?
While this event did not involve any disclosure of your Social Security number or
financial account details, the Troy University Foundation encourages everyone to be
vigilant in monitoring for phishing or other social engineering campaigns from sources
that may appear to be the Troy University Foundation. Please do not hesitate to reach
out if you have a question about the legitimacy of any communication you receive from
a source that appears to be the Troy University Foundation.
While there is no evidence of misuse of the information involved in this event, the
following are best practices to take as a result of any data security event:
Monitoring your financial statements carefully. If you see any unauthorized or suspicious
activity, promptly contact your bank, credit union, or credit card company.
Monitoring your credit reports for suspicious or unauthorized activity. Under U.S.
law you are entitled to one free credit report annually from each of the three major
credit reporting bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com
or call, toll-free, 1-877-322-8228. You may also contact the three major credit bureaus
directly to request a free copy of your credit report:
P. O. Box 9554
Allex, TX 75013
P. O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19106
P. O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348
Placing a fraud alert on your credit file. You have the right to place an initial
or extended "fraud alert" on your file at no cost. An initial fraud alert is a 1-year
alert that is placed on a consumer's credit file. Upon seeing a fraud alert display
on a consumer's credit file, a business is required to take steps to verify the consumer's
identity before extending new credit. If you are a victim of identity theft, you are
entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert lasting seven years. Contact
the three major credit bureaus directly to place a fraud alert on your credit file.
Placing a security freeze on your credit file. A security freeze will prohibit a consumer
reporting agency from releasing information in your credit report without your express
authorization. The security freeze is designed to prevent credit, loans, and services
from being approved in your name without your consent. However, you should be aware
that using a security freeze to take control over who gets access to the personal
and financial information in your credit report may delay, interfere with, or prohibit
the timely approval of any subsequent request or application you make regarding a
new loan, credit, mortgage, or any other account involving the extension of credit.
Pursuant to federal law, you cannot be charged to place or lift a security freeze
on your credit report. Contact the three major credit bureaus directly to place a
security freeze on your credit file.
Contacting the Federal Trade Commission and your state Attorney General to learn more
about identity theft, fraud alerts, security freezes, and other steps you can take
to protect yourself. The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580, www.identitytheft.gov, 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338);
Reporting incidents of suspected or actual identity theft or fraud to law enforcement,
the Federal Trade Commission, and your state Attorney General.
8. Was law enforcement notified?
Yes, Blackbaud reports that they notified the FBI and are cooperating with the FBI's
investigation. They report that they are unable to share further details because the
investigation is ongoing.
9. Is Credit Monitoring being offered?
Credit monitoring is not being offered as this event did not impact Social Security
numbers. While there is not evidence of misuse of the information involved, credit
monitoring would safeguard or monitor for misuse of the information impacted by this
If you have any questions, please contact:
Meredith B. Welch
Director of Annual Giving and Special Projects
301 Adams Administration Building
Troy, AL 36082
Phone: (334) 670-5924