United Way momentum builds toward $400K goal

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United Way momentum builds toward $400K goal

One of 11 campus units will be awarded the Chancellor's Cup for having the greatest percentage of faculty/staff participation in the United Way Combined Campaign. The award is new and will be kept by the winning division until next year.
Troy Fedderson | University Communication
Faculty and staff donations continue to be accepted for the 2020 Combined Campaign. Giving has eclipsed $250,000 as the university community works toward a $400,000 goal.

A surge in giving from faculty and staff moved the University of Nebraska–Lincoln closer to its $400,000 goal in the Lincoln-area Combined Campaign for Health and Human Services campaign.

Total giving in the fourth week of the campaign rose to $250,384, a 58% increase from the third-week tally of $159,008.

To spur giving, weekly prizes are being awarded to individual faculty/staff who participate and two departments/units will earn a Chancellor’s Cup for the greatest percentage of employees who make donation pledges.

Through four weeks of the community pledge drive, the Nebraska Alumni Center leads the small-group division with a 100 percent giving rate, with all 23 employees submitting pledges. In the large division, Academic Affairs leads with a 19.6 percent pledge rate. The top five campus units on the division leaderboards are listed below.

Individual prize winners for week four, selected randomly from all faculty and staff who submitted donation pledges, are:

  • Erin Chambers, instructional technology and media specialist, English, “N150 Dear Old Nebraska U” coffee table book;

  • Patricia Fobben, direct mail manager, University of Nebraska Press, autographed mini-volleyball; and

  • Brandon Meier, senior associate athletics director for marketing and multimedia, Nebraska Athletics, Dairy Store ice cream vouchers.

Donations toward the campaign continue to be accepted.

Chancellor Ronnie Green helped kick off the giving drive at an Oct. 23 pre-launch with faculty and staff volunteers. Green and his wife, Jane, pledged to increase their annual $5,000 gift to $10,000. Last year, faculty and staff combined pledged nearly $340,000. The campaign goal this year is $400,000.

Co-chairs for the university’s Combined Campaign include Charlie Foster, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and director of the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services; John Cook, head coach for Husker volleyball; and Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“Giving to the Combined Campaign works,” Foster said. “I’ve read to children at McPhee Elementary. I’ve seen Sudanese mothers and daughters interact in groups led by YWCA. And, I’ve seen families whose lives have been touched by the Malone Center.

“Your gifts are put to work making lives better.”

The Combined Campaign benefits three federations — Community Health Charities of Nebraska, Community Services Fund of Nebraska and United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County. The three federations represent more than 130 local agencies that assist members of the community.

Learn more about the Combined Campaign.

Combined Campaign Leaderboards (Week 4)

Percentages represent employees who have donated to the campaign

Small Units (fewer than 150 employees)
  • Nebraska Alumni Association, 100 percent
  • Office of the Chancellor, 46.4 percent
  • College of Law, 21.7 percent
  • ** University Libraries**, 21.1 percent
  • College of Architecture, 17.1 percent
Large Units (more than 150 employees)
  • Academic Affairs, 19.6 percent
  • College of Education and Human Sciences, 17.5 percent
  • Nebraska Athletics, 16.7 percent
  • Student Affairs, 15.9 percent
  • ** Research and Economic Development**, 15.4 percent

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