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United Way says ‘thank you’ for support

The UT community has been lauded by the United Way of Greater Toledo for supporting its 2012 annual campaign.

The campaign is the United Way’s primary fundraising tool to support its various programs. This year, approximately 600 donors from the UT community pledged more than $140,000 through the annual University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign.

According to Karen R. Mathison, president and chief executive officer for the United Way of Greater Toledo, UT’s donation has been used to bolster a program called the Health Challenge Grant.

“Your support allowed us to leverage over $271,000 in designations to our health work,” Mathison wrote in a letter co-signed by Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica, and 2012 United Way campaign chair, and addressed to UT President Lloyd Jacobs.

“By supporting the United Way, you are ultimately supporting your community,” the letter continued. “Your organization is also publicly demonstrating commitment to our community and United Way’s mission of helping graduate kids through strategies in education, income and health.”

The letter states that the United Way campaign raised $13,828,490.

UT has a longstanding tradition of supporting the United Way. In recent years, the UT campaign has depended heavily on online donations, rather than the traditional “paper pledging” system.

“It’s been a bit of a transition for some of our employees who’ve been used to filling out the paper forms for so many years,” said Vicki Riddick, senior wellness officer and chair of the 2012 campaign. “We’re looking for more ways to bring the campaign back to its person-to-person roots next year with fresh ideas to assist in the fundraising process.”

A chair for the 2013 UT campaign will be selected within the next few months, with planning to begin soon after. The campaign traditionally kicks off in early September.

Members of the 2012 UT Community Charitable Campaign planning committee were Kelly Andrews, Intercollegiate Athletics; Paulette Bongratz, Student Government; Donna Braswell, Biological Sciences; Gail Burgin, Information Technology; Kimberly Crozier, Undergraduate Admission; Chris Dykyj, Student Government; Tom Garey, Facilities Planning; Kim Goodin, Marketing and Communications; Jim Lapp, UT Retirees Association; Sandra Manton, Finance and Administration; Tamara Renner, Cardiovascular Unit; Gail Simpson, Institutional Advancement; Vern Snyder, Institutional Advancement; and Rachael Whipple, Office of Community Wellness.

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