Advancement Plans for Budget Reductions

May 4, 2020

You have likely heard that HSU is planning significant budget reductions in anticipation of an enrollment decline in the fall. The situation is more challenging now given the impact of COVID-19 and the potential for state budget reductions. 

University Advancement has been asked to plan for an 18% reduction. This is similar to the level of reductions being planned in other divisions, though due to an effort to target proportionally more reductions in the category of “institutional support,” our percentage is slightly higher. One other difference is that we will be seeking to make all reductions now or within the next fiscal year, rather than over 2-3 years.

I have spoken with many of you and discussed various possibilities with area leads. This reduction will be difficult but can be achieved. Below is a summary of the reduction plan for Advancement that I am sharing with the President's Administrative Team, University Resources & Planning Committee, and others.

Extensive information about the University’s budget can be found on the Budget Office website.

Frank Whitlatch

VP Advancement


Advancement budget plan

University Advancement has been undertaking a significant reorganization over the course of the last year, with the specific goal of re-focusing efforts on major gift fundraising and preparing for a comprehensive campaign. The division has adjusted to previous budget reductions and already made a number of temporary staff reductions permanent. 

The new divisional budget reduction of approximately 18% will be addressed during the 2020-21 fiscal year. These reductions will reduce the availability and timeliness of certain services to campus units, significantly curtail support that is not directly tied to an external audience, and reduce opportunities for alumni outreach. The reductions could also lead to reduced effectiveness in fundraising, though preventing this will be a priority. Along with making these reductions, and in order to continue progress toward a campaign, the division will be requesting multi-year one-time funding from HSU Foundation reserves in order to fill major gift officer positions.

Eliminate the vacant Associate VP position and four vacant staff positions

approximate savings of $580,000

Reduce OE based on Budget Office analysis

approximate savings of $100,000

Eliminate subsidy of campus print and bulk mailing services

approximate savings of $70,000

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