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Q&A With Katie Oslin, Director of the UNH Fund

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Katie Oslin, the director of the UNH Fund, joined the university in April after working in development for 14 years in independent schools and higher education. She is a 1995 graduate of Keene State College.

How does the UNH Fund differ from the Annual Fund and the Wildcat Fund?

The Annual Fund is made up of the UNH Fund and the Wildcat Fund. The Wild Cat Fund raises funds for areas within athletics while the UNH Fund raises funds for the other areas within the university. People can designate their gift go to what they are passionate about or what they feel connected to, whether it’s scholarships, technology or a particular college within the university. Or they can have it be unrestricted, which enables the university to direct resources where and when they are needed most. 

Scholarships are one area people can choose to support.  The money raised for scholarships is pooled and divided out as needed through the Financial Aid Office; 82 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid each year

What is the average gift amount?

The average gift to the UNH Fund is $96. A huge part of my job is to educate people on the importance of giving back, to talk to them about the needs of the school and how vital the UNH Fund is to our mission. Many people think their gift isn't big enough to make a difference. I want them to know that gifts of every amount make a difference.

How does the UNH Fund enhance student life?

The UNH Fund helps all students by raising funds to recruit and retain diverse faculty, provide scholarships, develop new programs and areas of study, provide the necessary resources to learn and thrive, etc.

Every year thousands of alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends of the university support the school by making a gift to the UNH Fund. When faculty and staff members make a gift to The UNH Fund, it makes a powerful statement. It shows your support for the university and its mission. It means those closest to UNH want to invest in its present and future.