UM Launches United Way Campaign to ‘Strengthen the Quality of Life’
The University of Miami has launched its 2015 campaign for the United Way of Miami-Dade, with the goals of again raising more than $1 million, increasing faculty and staff participation and, as the “U” has for nearly four decades, doing its part to improve the education, financial stability, and health of children and families in our community.
“Since its founding 90 years ago, the University of Miami has immeasurably helped strengthen the quality of life throughout our community — and for nearly 40 years, it has channeled extraordinary support though the United Way,” said Larry Marbert, Vice President for Real Estate and Facilities, who is chairing the University’s campaign for the second consecutive year. “Each year’s United Way campaign is an opportunity to demonstrate your support for our UM mission of providing service that extends throughout our community.”
This year, Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, and co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is serving as co-chair of the University’s United Way campaign, leading the Miller School of Medicine’s component.
One of only four local institutions to consistently exceed the $1 million mark, UM contributed more than $1.1 million to the United Way of Miami-Dade last year, including more than $445,000 in undesignated giving.
This year, Marbert has again set UM’s sights on surpassing both figures. As he notes, undesignated contributions enable the United Way to respond more quickly to emergencies, direct funds to community agencies with the greatest need, and, not least of all, more than double the value of its charitable dollars.
“Each unrestricted dollar you contribute to the United Way is matched by federal and state grant programs, turning your dollar into $2.30,” Marbert said in a message to employees.
Employees have the option of giving through a recurring payroll deduction from their salary, or a one-time gift through payroll deduction, check, or credit card.
The easiest and most effective way to contribute is to make a pledge online through Workday. Simply log on to Workday and, on the “All About Me” page, click on the “Give” worklet, then select “United Way,” and follow the instructions to make your donation.
United Way will distribute donations according to each employee’s wishes. Faculty and staff have the option of assigning their contributions as unrestricted, directing their gift to a University of Miami fund, or designating their favorite not-for-profit 501©(3) organization as the recipient.
Those who make commitments by Friday, October 2, will be entered into the campaign’s traditional October raffle. Over the next three months, a number of other campus raffles and events will be held to generate excitement for and participation in the campaign, which along with the campaign’s progress, will be detailed in e-Veritas and eUpdate and at TeamUM United Way.