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April 4, 2013

United Way drive surpasses previous total

United WayThe University reported breaking its United Way giving record for the third consecutive year by raising $620,326, more than $3,000 higher than the previous year’s total.

Pitt’s United Way campaign manager Anne Franks, executive director of administration in Pitt’s Office of Institutional Advancement, said: “The Pitt United Way Campaign engages faculty and staff across the University who are committed to building a healthy and vibrant community. We reach out to our neighbors because we are all connected, and we do best when everyone is cared for.  The 400-plus coordinators and representatives throughout the campus give their time generously to encourage their colleagues to join them in this important effort. It is, indeed, the people of Pitt who make this a strong community partnership.”

The University reported there were 2,374 gifts from employees and 127 gifts from retirees. Faculty and staff donated $580,886; retirees gave $26,361, and $13,079 was raised through special events. There were 623 new donors, and $305,326 was directed to the United Way’s Impact Fund. Unionized staff participation increased by 13 percent, and the amount of their donations represented a 90 percent increase.

The 2012 campaign kicked off in September and was co-chaired by G. Reynolds Clark, vice chancellor for community initiatives and chief of staff for Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, and Everette James, associate vice chancellor for health policy and planning for the Schools of the Health Sciences. Michelle Page, human resources manager in the Office of Institutional Advancement, served as campaign coordinator.

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