U-M raises $975,000 for United Way campaign

In 2008 faculty and staff gave generously to the annual U-M United Way campaign.

While numbers for pledges and donations are still being calculated, it is estimated that the University has raised approximately $975,000, U-M officials say, a significant amount in tough economic times. With the help of such campaigns, the United Way of Washtenaw County projects it will have raised $5.1 million countywide during the 2008 campaign.

"I am so pleased that, despite our state's difficult economic climate, our University has provided so generously to help others. Our Health System's strategic principle of Take Care of Our Own is very evident in this unselfish spirit of giving," says Douglas Strong, director and CEO of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers and campaign co-chair.

Faculty and staff gifts are providing support to agencies throughout the region, including more than 500 health and human service agencies. This year the campaign also gave donors the opportunity to designate their contribution to five priority focus areas identified by United Way: early childhood care and education, shelter and housing, alleviating hunger, aging in place, and healthcare. In the 2008 campaign, a total of 367 University employees joined the ranks of the Leadership Givers Association, with gifts that exceeded $1,000, an increase of 10 percent over last year's total.

"It was heartening to see the enthusiasm for and support of United Way by our faculty and staff," says Provost Teresa Sullivan, who also served as co-chair of the campus campaign. "We all value and benefit from this connection between the campus and the community of which we are a part."

For more information go to www.uway.umich.edu.