Campaign urges employees to help others
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 20th annual Campaign for Charities general campaign begins Oct. 15 to offer University of Florida faculty and staff the opportunity to donate to local and national charities.
UF employees raised more than $1 million in 2011, topping similar campaigns at other SEC universities for the seventh consecutive year. Donations were up 2 percent from 2010, and 27 percent of employees contributed.
This year’s goal is to pass the $1 million mark again to help 89 charitable agencies, including the American Cancer Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue and Alachua Conservation Trust.
“I think our campaign is successful because it includes such a variety of agencies – reflecting many different areas of interest and commitment of our employees,” said Susan Crowley, UF’s assistant vice president for community relations. “Because of this connection, employees have generously given to support our community charities even through the worst of the economic downturn.”
Different departments and colleges throughout campus raise money in a variety of ways. For example, the registrar’s office and the office of admissions have split into four teams to compete in the Office Olympics, and the Physical Plant Division has hosted a golf tournament.
Faculty and staff can donate through payroll deduction, cash, check or direct bill. Donations are made online through myUFL or the campaign’s website, www.ufcc.ufl.edu.
Payroll deduction gives employees the opportunity to give every two weeks throughout the year rather than write one, large check.
Donors can give to one agency or to a general fund that supports all 89 agencies.
Agencies are chosen by a committee after they submit an application for approval. All agencies are registered with the state, have 501(c)3 status and must apply every year.
This campaign runs until Nov. 2.