Time is running out: ‘Simply Give’ to UTC3 today

December 16, 2016 | UToday
By Christine Wasserman

As the holiday season approaches and 2016 is coming to a close, time is running out to give to this year’s University of Toledo Community Charitable Campaign (UTC3).

Before you leave for vacation or complete your holiday shopping, please remember to “Simply Give” to support those in need. The deadline for making a charitable contribution is Wednesday, Dec. 28.

UTC3 campaign webBelow are answers to some common questions about this campaign.

Is UTC3 the same as the annual United Way campaign?
It is, except you may now designate additional charities to support with your gift. UTC3 enables you to choose from among nearly 220 charities in four federations: United Way of Greater Toledo, Community Health Charities, Community Shares Northwest Ohio and EarthShare Ohio.

Where can I find a list of charities supported by UTC3?
A complete list is available online at utoled.edu/utc3. When you fill out your ePledge form, you may designate the specific charity (or several charities) that you want your gift to support.

How do I give to UTC3?
You must fill out an ePledge form online; it is available in the weekly email you receive from Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, who is this year’s UTC3 chair. She will be sending emails each weekday until the deadline, Wednesday, Dec. 28.

Why can’t I access the ePledge form on our UT website?
The dollars we donate are managed by an organization external to the University (via United Way), which then distributes the money to all of the various charities. This helps to ensure our gifts remain secure. When you complete the ePledge form in Patten’s weekly email and then hit submit, it electronically goes directly to that site vs. to a UT department.

Is there a certain amount that faculty or employees are expected to give?

No. This year every UT faculty and staff member is asked to “Simply Give” any amount that they can afford to help those in need. Every single dollar helps.

Are there various incentives for giving at different levels?
No. This year the UTC3 Committee decided to keep it simple, asking everyone to simply give whatever amount he or she could afford. Each and every person who donates to UTC3 by Wednesday, Dec. 28, will receive a free, long-sleeved UT T-shirt, plus an invitation to a University-wide breakfast in early 2017.

How do I receive my free T-shirt?
When you fill out your ePledge form, indicate the size of shirt you would like. (See the size chart with measurements at utoled.edu/utc3.) The shirts will be distributed early in 2017; watch for more information.

Can UT retirees give to UTC3?
Yes. They soon will be receiving a letter with instructions on how to give. Their ongoing connections to the University are truly valued, and their contributions to this community campaign are appreciated.

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