Faculty and Staff

As a Rice employee (past or present), you are one of the university’s greatest advocates, actively promoting our values, supporting our mission and making Rice a force for good in the world. Through the “For Rice. By Rice.” initiative, you can play an even larger role in the life of the university. We invite you to learn more about Development and Alumni Relations and discover how, with other faculty and staff members, you can help ensure Rice continues to be one of the top places to both study and work.

For Rice. By Rice.

The faculty and staff giving campaign.

As Rice faculty and staff, you invest your time and talent in the university and our students every day. When you extend your contributions to include philanthropy, you express your belief in Rice’s mission and actively support our long-standing culture of excellence. 

Please join us in support of our university by making a gift today to the Rice Annual Fund or to the cause or department you are most passionate about at Rice. Faculty and staff participation plays an important role in ensuring the university’s success, as well as influencing gifts from corporations and foundations, which consider faculty and staff giving rates when determining their own support for Rice.

Faculty & Staff Giving Results (Fiscal Year 2021)

Dollars to Rice as of June 30: $2,734,150

Dollars to RAF as of June 30: $149,679

Giving totals include gifts by faculty, staff and retirees between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Participation Goal: 20%

Participation as of June 30: 19%

Participation rates include all faculty, staff and retirees who have made gifts to Rice University between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

2020-2021 Faculty & Staff Support by the Numbers

In fiscal year 2021, 883 Rice faculty, staff and retirees joined together to contribute more than $2.7 million to Rice University. 

  • 1,870: Gifts from faculty and staff members.
  • 198: Gifts from retirees.
  • 506: Gifts made to the Rice Annual Fund.
  • 1,450: Gifts designated to other areas of the university.
  • $149,679: Total dollar amount contributed to the Rice Annual Fund.
  • $2,584,471: Total dollar amount contributed to other areas of the university.

Faculty & Staff Giving Opportunities

Listed below are a few of the giving opportunities most frequently supported by faculty and staff. You may also choose to make your gift in support of any school or department, or to a number of important causes.

Rice Annual Fund
The Rice Annual Fund for Student Life and Learning supports student financial aid, A1 budgets and nearly every aspect of campus life.

Athletics — Owl Club*
The Owl Club generates current-use scholarships for student-athletes in 16 varsity sports.

Friends of Fondren
The Friends support Rice’s academic programs by funding Fondren library collections and facilities.

Rice Business Fund
Provides essential resources for important Jones Graduate School of Business initiatives, including faculty research and professional development opportunities.

The Shepherd Society
The Shepherd Society provides scholarships for talented students in The Shepherd School of Music.

*All gifts to the Owl Club of $100 or more cumulative in a fiscal year are 80 percent tax deductible. For 100 percent tax deductibility, you must decline your right to receive any benefits at the time of your gift.

Why Does My Gift Matter?
  • Does my gift really make a difference?

    Yes! The more people who choose to give, the greater the collective impact will be. In Rice’s 2017 fiscal year, over 14,000 donors made gifts of $250 or less to the Rice Annual Fund, which contributed more than $994,000 in support.

  • I work at Rice; why should I also give money to the university?

    Gifts to Rice have a powerful effect on the university’s ability to remain a top tier institution. It is hard to ask the community to support Rice if we don’t believe in our work enough to invest in it ourselves. Corporations and foundations look for high levels of support from our faculty and staff when making funding decisions, as well.

    Please note: Rice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible.

  • Rice’s endowment is so large. Why should I give?

    Rice is fortunate to have a large endowment, but endowment earnings cover less than half of the university’s annual operating budget. To provide the highest quality education for current students, while ensuring the long-term stability of the university, Rice must utilize only a portion of the endowment’s value each year rather than spending it down over time. So while the endowment does a lot of the heavy lifting, the philanthropic support of alumni, employees and friends continues to play a significant role in maintaining Rice’s excellence.

  • Students pay tuition. Why does Rice need charitable support?

    It may be surprising, but tuition covers less than half of the actual cost of a Rice education. Rice’s endowment and gifts to the university help cover much of the remaining cost. You might think of donations as silent scholarships provided by generations of Rice alumni, parents and friends, and even those who pay full tuition have benefited.

  • I donate during the United Way campaign. Is this counted in the Faculty/Staff campaign totals?

    The United Way campaign supports nonprofits in the Houston community. Gifts made during the United Way campaign are not included in the “For Rice. By Rice.” totals.

Ways to Give


You may make your gift through our online giving form

Payroll deduction

Give conveniently through one-time or ongoing payroll deduction by submitting this form by campus mail to Faculty and Staff Giving – MS 83.


Contact the Rice Annual Fund at 713-348-4991 or giving@rice.edu.

To discuss future gifts to Rice of your retirement plan assets, life insurance or gifts through your will or revocable trust, contact the Office of Gift Planning at 713-348-4624 or learn more here.

Additional Faculty & Staff Resources

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

The OCFR team manages all corporate and foundation partnerships on behalf of Rice University. Learn how your work can be enhanced by collaborations with off-campus partners.

Academic Schools and Initiatives

Each academic school, institute and program has a liaison or dedicated fundraiser who is committed to funding the strategic priorities of our campus leaders.

Engaging our Alumni Community

The university’s Alumni Relations staff seeks to build mutually beneficial relationships between Rice and its alumni. Learn how you can utilize the alumni community to better your work.