U-M launches United Way fundraising campaign

October 17, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News


U-M faculty, staff and retirees are being challenged to make a difference in the lives of those in their community by making a pledge to the 2016 U-M United Way Campaign.

This year’s campaign co-chairs Cynthia H. Wilbanks, vice president for government relations and T. Anthony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer of UMHS, are encouraging their U-M colleagues to help raise $1.5 million by Dec. 31.

“We urge every person in the university community to make a pledge, no matter the amount,” Wilbanks said. “When U-M staff, faculty, and retirees join together, we do great things.”

Agencies supported by the United Way help community members who need it most by providing access to quality preschool for hundreds of underprivileged children. The agencies also assist families in covering the costs of needed health care and help provide housing, substance abuse treatment and employment resources.

“This longstanding tradition at the University of Michigan has brought strength and much-needed services to so many of our friends and neighbors,” Denton said. “We can continue to make a difference in their lives by making a pledge to the 2016 U-M United Way campaign.”

A pledge can be made either through the ePledge system on Wolverine Access — Faculty/Staff page, in the Announcement Section (upper right corner) — or through a pledge form that is available at the U-M United Way campaign website.

Every pledge can be designated to a nonprofit of your choice or can go toward the Community Investment Fund. The fund works with the Ann Arbor Community Foundation, the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County to identify the most pressing needs in our community. Funds go directly to programs and organizations that are proven to be effective in addressing prioritized needs.

By contributing to this campaign, you will be automatically entered in a weekly prize drawing. A list of prizes is available on the campaign website.

Those who give $1,000 or more become members of the Leadership Givers Association and will receive an invitation to the annual reception hosted by U-M President Mark S. Schlissel.

For more information, visit uway.umich.edu or email uwquestions@umich.edu.