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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - April 2022

By Mary Jane Chew

2021 Purdue United Way Campaign Wins Top Award

The 2021 Purdue United Way Campaign was honored by the United Way of Greater Lafayette with the top award on April 7. Awarded “2021 Best Overall Campaign” amongst organizations with 500+ employees, the Purdue United Way raised just over $680,000 for local agencies. Campaigns were evaluated for the award based on employee per capita giving levels, employee percent growth over previous year giving levels, employee dollars raised, and total dollars raised.

Boilermaker Generosity

United Way has always held a special place in the hearts of the Purdue community. Year after year, thousands of employees and hundreds of volunteers work together to raise funds through employee giving and fundraising events across campus. Despite challenges with hosting in-person events in 2021, Purdue United Way was able to conduct its most successful silent auction to date, raising more than $3,400. In addition, they partnered with Aramark on a dining campaign held at all retail dining locations across campus to continue the Fuel A Future Boiler campaign. Purdue United Way will continue to grow both of these all-campus fundraisers in 2022.

The generosity of Boilermakers led to Purdue’s overall campaign increasing by nearly 3% since 2020.

Steve Abel, associate provost for engagement and the 2021 Purdue campaign chair, highlighted how the award is truly shared with each member of the Purdue community.

“This award is a tribute to the giving spirit of the Boilermaker Family. We are deeply grateful for the support of all who served as campaign champions as well as donors. Purdue’s commitment to the Greater Lafayette Community was significantly evident, despite the challenges of the recent pandemic.”

Director of Purdue United Way, Megan Eberly, echoed Abel’s sentiments.

“I am so appreciative of the hard work of each and every volunteer who assisted with the Purdue United Way fundraising campaigns. I am especially grateful for our leadership who made this award possible in 2021.”

Both Abel and Eberly were awarded the 2021 Bill DeFouw Campaign Leadership Award by the United Way of Greater Lafayette.

Moving Forward

On the heels of a successful campaign in 2021, Eberly continues to look towards the future.

“We are excited about the momentum heading into the 2022 Campaign and are discussing how to raise even more awareness in the fall as we return to a somewhat normal workplace in the wake of a challenging two years.”

Purdue United Way is preparing to gather volunteers for the 2022 Campaign Year. Linda Mason, Dean of the Graduate School, will serve as campaign chair and Beth McNeil, Dean of Libraries and School of Information Studies, will serve as campaign vice chair. Questions about the 2022 Campaign can be directed to Eberly at unitedway@purdue.edu. Read more about Purdue United Way.