This year’s annual University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3) runs from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Wednesday, Dec. 28. With the theme of “Simply Give,” the campaign is requesting charitable contributions of any amount from UT faculty and staff to support four federations: Community Health Charities, Community Shares of Northwest Ohio, EarthShare Ohio and United Way of Greater Toledo.
These federations represent nearly 220 nonprofit agencies, programs and charitable organizations throughout our region that depend on community support to fulfill their missions. They include everything from the American Red Cross, Easter Seals Northern Ohio, the Black Swamp Conservatory and UT’s Reach Out and Read program to Mom’s House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hospice Organization of Ohio and the Children’s Hunger Alliance.
“Out of respect for everyone’s busy schedule and their household budget, we decided to ‘keep it simple’ this year and ask all faculty and staff to just give whatever amount they can,” said Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs and UTC3’s 2016 chairperson. “UTC3 gives you the opportunity to align your charitable giving with your particular passion to make a positive and lasting impact in our community.”
To encourage strong participation, everyone who gives to UTC3 by Dec. 28 — regardless of the amount — will receive a UT T-shirt, as well as an invitation to an early January University breakfast to celebrate their generosity.
“By asking everyone to ‘simply give,’ we’re relying on faculty and staff to participate at whatever level they deem possible,” Patten said. “Whether you give one dollar or a thousand, it counts toward our UT goal of $125,000. You also become part of the University’s collective effort to fulfill our mission — to improve the human condition. We’re very grateful because every single dollar really helps.”
To Simply Give, watch for emails from Patten beginning Wednesday, Nov. 9, and click on the ePledge form, which enables you to give via check, cash, credit card, payroll deduction or bill. All gifts are tax-deductible.