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New giving society recognizes faculty, staff, retiree donors

The PAW Society will recognize current and former UGA employees who make a gift to the university. (Photo courtesy of the Division of Development & Alumni Relations.)

The Philanthropy at Work ­Society, UGA’s first giving society for faculty, staff and retirees, launched on July 1.

Created by the Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship, this annual society will recognize those who commit to the university beyond their job description by making a gift to the university. Faculty, staff and retirees who give at any level each year are now stewarded through the annual PAW Society.

The reception honoring these donors, formerly called the Faculty, Staff and Retiree Donor Appreciation Reception, is now the Philanthropy at Work Society Reception. The event continues to be held in August of the following fiscal year in which they made the gift. Previous stewardship efforts of these donors continue and are updating to reflect their role in the new giving society, including a thank-you email with a message from the Student Government Association president and a special thank-you card sent to the donor.

“It is my hope that the PAW Society will bring recognition to the generosity of UGA’s faculty and staff donors,” said Tony Stringer, senior director of donor relations and stewardship. “It is a testament to their belief in our mission and their desire to make a difference in the lives of our students. We hope that the stewardship that we offer this group of donors recognizes the integral role they play in the UGA community.”

Faculty and staff interested in joining the PAW Society can make an annual gift online or establish a payroll deduction at