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United Way Campaign Sets New Record at $275,000

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February 15, 2005

The 2004 United Way campaign has received contributions and pledges totaling $275,209, thanks to the generosity of 895 staff and faculty members, 45 emeritus faculty, contributed services faculty and retirees, and 21 Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) staff members.

The figure exceeds the University’s campaign record, set last year.

Northwestern employees contributed $262,250; NMFF staff contributed $1,713; Northwestern retirees, emeritus and contributed services faculty contributed $6,735; and silent auction proceeds added $4,511.

Of the total amount, United Way beneficiary agencies will receive $244,569 and other charitable organizations will receive $30,640, as this was the second year of an open campaign. Next year’s campaign will again allow donors to “write in” names of any Internal Revenue Service recognized non-profit organizations.

The 2004 campaign resulted in a 1.8 percent increase in total contributions and pledges. Separately, Northwestern donors increased their contributions by 3.9 percent.

The winners of the participation rate contest were the Office of Alumni Relations & Development — Group 3 with a 76.47 percent rate; Student Financial Services, Student Accounts and Student Loans with a 76.32 per cent rate; and the Office of Alumni Relations & Development — Group 2 with a 72.97 percent rate. Honorable mention goes to University Relations for its 64.1 percent participation rate.

In addition to the group participation contest, the 2004 campaign had an early bird raffle and a year-end raffle to motivate employees to give generously and early. There were 122 early bird raffle winners and 174 winners of the United Way Year-End Raffle.

The grand prize winner was David Prine, who won an IBM ThinkPad T40 laptop computer donated by Computer Discount Warehouse (CDW).

“Besides the group contest and the raffles which generated interest in the campaign, we increased the number of campaign areas and managers from 59 to 62 this year,” said Brian Peters, director of University Services.

“History has shown us that if a campaign manager has a manageable number of employees to encourage, the participation rate is much higher. The campaign managers put in a great deal of effort to help raise funds for the 2004 United Way campaign. Our thanks go to them and to all the departments for their increased participation.”

Peters said kudos also go to the following campaign areas that achieved significant increases over last year:  IT Academic Technologies Department (300 percent increase); Provost Office (up 98 percent); and Norris University Center/University Career Services (up 85 percent).

The campaign managers for 2004 were Karen Petruska, Abigail Jansen, Heather Ruggio and Lea Rasmusson, Office of Alumni Relations & Development; Dan Bulfin and Betsi Burns, Athletics and Recreation; Michael Jones, Business and Administration Planning; Ingrid Stafford, Joan Sherman and Nancy Pinchar,  Controller’s office; Bonnie Humphrey, Facilities Management; Guy Miller, Human Resources; Jacqueline Nelson, University Services; Dave Schultz, University Police; Alex Weiss, Center for Public Safety; Carolyn Feller, School of Continuing Studies; Anne Kerins, Education and Social Policy; and Jan Allen, the Graduate School.

Also, Jay Needleman, Dennis Sage, Steve Kahrs, Charlene Hunter; Gary Greenberg, Jim Chen, Dana Nielsen and Brian Nielsen, Information Technologies; Loren Ghiglione and Mary Jo Crosby, Medill School of Journalism and Media Management; David Besanko, Kellogg School of Management; Rita Winters, Law School; Tom Mason and Mark Seniw, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Janet Stevens, Gail Rosenblum, Sheri Lindsay, Erin Yale, Jeff Tapper, Laurie Daniels and Sheryl Lambert, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Kristine Batey, School of Music; Stephen Fisher, Provost’s Office; Susan Ross, Ellen Feldman and Susan Hall Perdomo, Office of Research; Cate Whitcomb, Rebecca Thorne and Kris Ihle, Student Affairs; Rebecca Dixon, University Enrollment; David Bishop, Frank Cervone, Jeff Garrett, Laurel Minot and Roxanne Sellberg, University Library; Alan Cubbage, University Relations; Marvin Lofquist, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Brian Walsh, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation were also United Way campaign managers.

The 2005 campaign has a goal of $285,000 and 1,000 donors. Employees who would like to contribute time to the 2005 campaign should contact Brian Peters at 1-8420 or b-peters2@northwestern.edu or Lucile Krasnow at 7-5762 or l-krasnow@northwestern.edu, the co-chairs for Northwestern’s United Way campaign.