With a goal of raising more than $1 million and increasing the employee participation rate by 5 percent, the University of Miami has launched its 2013 United Way Campaign, a nearly three-month-long drive aimed at improving the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in the local community.
“UM has stepped up to the plate to support the United Way for almost four decades,” said Nerissa E. Morris, vice president for human resources, who is chairing the campaign for a second straight year. “Last year we raised more than $1 million for the United Way of Miami-Dade, and this year we’ve got our sights set on doing it again.”
Steven F. Falcone, chief executive of the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital and associate vice president for medical affairs, will head up the Miller School of Medicine’s component of the United Way Campaign.
An increase in undesignated giving—contributions that allow the United Way to direct money to agencies and programs that need it most—is another goal of this year’s campaign, said Morris. For the 2012 campaign, more than $413,000 in employee contributions were earmarked as undesignated gifts. Morris noted that each undesignated dollar contributed to the charitable organization’s Community Plan more than doubles after being matched by federal and state grants.
The campaign runs through November 22. Employees who donate early or pledge 1 percent of their salary will be entered in drawings for special prizes during the month of October.
Pledges made online through myUM, a portal to campus information and resources, will once again be the most effective way to contribute. Simply log on to myUM and click on “United Way Contribution” in the upper left side of the home page under “Give to United Way,” then follow the instructions to make your donation. Faculty and staff can assign their contributions as unrestricted, direct their gift to a University of Miami fund, or designate it to their favorite not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Gifts can be made as a recurrent payroll deduction from your salary or as a one-time gift through payroll deduction, check, or credit card.
If you have any questions concerning online giving, please contact your department’s ambassador. For a list of United Way Campaign advisors on the Coral Gables and RSMAS campuses, click here. For a list of ambassadors on the Miller School of Medicine campus, click here. You may also contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact your campus co-chair.
“I have contributed to the United Way in many communities throughout my professional life and know the incredible difference the organization makes in the lives of so many people,” said Morris. “Working together, and with your generous support, we will make our 2013 campaign a success.”