UT ready to give again with annual charity campaign

October 15, 2014 | UToday



With a goal of $125,000, The University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign is ready to jumpstart a new year.

Better known as UTC3, the campaign is the University’s annual charity drive offered in conjunction with local organizations Community Health Charities, Earth Share Ohio and Community Shares Northwest Ohio. The campaign began Sept. 8 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 11.

There are more than 200 local, regional and national organizations available for donors to give to. Donors also have the option to write in their charity of choice if it’s not already listed.

“The University of Toledo’s mission to ‘improve the human condition’ is one that we all live by, and UTC3 gives you the opportunity to do just that,” said Tod Kowalczyk, UT head men’s basketball coach and this year’s UTC3 chair. “Everyone’s reasons to give and support charity are different, and with the UT Community Charitable Campaign, there is a cause that you will want to support.”

Each week emails will be sent to employees with information linking them to the online pledging system and detailing stories of those affected by these organizations and how they’ve been helped.

In one email, Kowalczyk described the charitable work of Partners for Clean Streams, an organization teaming up with UT to promote clean rivers, building stewardship of our rivers, and inspiring the next generation of citizens to work toward a better environment.

“As a University, it is important that we give our time and our gifts to these charitable organizations that need our engagement and support,” said UT Interim President Nagi Naganathan. “Even though this campaign only lasts several weeks, we should have an ongoing awareness of these establishments that we should give to year round.”

Donors who give will receive a gift for their contributions of:

• $25 — UT tote bag;

• $100 — UT insulated tote and insulated water bottle;

• $250 — jolt charger;

• $500 — UT radio frequency identification (RFID) document holder; or

• $750 — both the RFID holder and the jolt charger.

Additionally, donors who give $75 or more are invited to the UTC3 victory celebration Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Savage Arena Grogan Room.

For more information or to make an online donation, visit http://utole.do/utc3donate.

Donations also can be turned in to UTC3 representatives:

• Donna Braswell, Wolfe Hall Room 1235L, Mail Stop 601;

• Vicki Riddick, Morse Center, Dowling Hall Room 3347, Mail Stop 1084.