Why I Give
Giving back to their alma mater is nothing new for BU alumni Terry and JoAnn Zeigler. The Zeigler Henry Carver Fund Challenge is the Quakertown, Pa., couple’s latest initiative to benefit today’s students.
Terry Zeigler ’76, President/CEO of Datacap Systems Inc., Chalfont, and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler ’77, were actively engaged with BU before the challenge, contributing $1.67 million to the Bloomsburg University Foundation to establish the Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD). The Zeiglers view ZIPD as a long-term investment toward their vision of a university system endowed entirely with private donations. In order to seed that vision in the short term, they also support a series of half-tuition scholarships that are immediately awarded to academically talented students with financial need.
The couple introduced the $100,000 Zeigler Henry Carver Fund Challenge as an inducement for other alumni and university friends to join them in supporting the immediate needs of students, faculty and staff, with the ultimate goal of preparing students for careers in an evolving intellectual asset economy. The Zeiglers’ involvement in Henry Carver Fund (HCF) allows them to double the value of their investments by encouraging others, particularly alumni, to make new gifts or increase their current contributions. Since 100 percent of HCF donations are directed to specific programs, a successful challenge will result in a total of $200,000 in new gifts to HCF and provide immediate and significant financial value to students.
A native of Pottstown, Pa., Terry Zeigler was in his 20s when he and two partners started Datacap Systems. Blending individual expertise in operations, business and engineering, the firm has become the leading supplier in its market niche, enjoying 30 years of continued growth and financial success. Datacap Systems develops and markets electronic payment interfaces that enable cash register and business system providers to add electronic payments to their systems. Terry Zeigler serves on the BU Foundation Board of Directors and provides shadowing experiences for Bloomsburg students through his privately held company.