Purdue United Way Campaign surges toward goal

October 19, 2011

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Purdue's 2011 United Way Campaign is making a final push to reach its $740,000 goal with just 16 workdays left until all pledge cards should be returned.

"The University has already raised $624,609," says Al Diaz, 2011 Purdue United Way chair and executive vice president for business and finance, treasurer. "Every dollar people donate immediately helps the United Way of Greater Lafayette reach the community goal of $4.6 million. Every donation goes directly to residents who rely on one of the United Way's 23 participating organizations. We're at 84.5% percent of our goal, and hope to be at 90% percent by the middle of next week."

A video for the local campaign is available at www.purdue.edu/unitedway.

Faculty and staff can continue to contribute to Purdue's campaign by indicating an amount on a pledge card and choosing among several methods -- payroll deduction, one-time direct donation, or quarterly, monthly or one-time billing. Purdue employees and retiree donations may be designated to one or more of these agencies, or for a surrounding county.

Returned pledge cards are kept confidential, and team captains do not know the amount indicated. Cards should be returned to the team caption or sent via campus mail to the alumni center at DAUC by Nov. 10.

All faculty and staff who have not received a pledge card can pick one up at Dauch Alumni Center or print one from www.purdue.edu/unitedway.  

The Purdue University Retirees Association has donated $82,748 or 92% of its goal of $90,000, and graduate students have pledged $3,853. Departmental special events -- auctions, bake sales and penny wars -- account for $3,550. Each area has a goal amount based on past performance and number of employees.

Percentage of goal met by each area:
Agriculture - 85
Business Services - 86
Continuing Education and Conferences - 90
Discovery Park - 80
Education - 112
Engineering - 56
Executive Office - 92
Health and Human Sciences - 75
Housing and Food Services - 99
Information Technology - 76
Liberal Arts - 84
Libraries - 104
Management - 93
Pharmacy - 94
Physical Facilities - 100
Science - 96
Student Affairs - 85
Technology - 99
Veterinary Medicine - 73
United Way agencies receive 100 percent of all contributions thanks to Vanguard givers whose minimum gifts of $1,000 may be designated in part to cover administrative costs of the United Way of Greater Lafayette.  The campaign has 32 new vanguards this year that have donated 45% of the overall amount at this time.

For more information on the Purdue United Way Campaign, visit www.purdue.edu/unitedway.