February 17, 2016
The University of Michigan's 2015 United Way employee giving campaign, the largest of the Big Ten universities, raised more than $1.33 million dollars to support life-saving programs and services in the community.
The campaign co-chairs Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for U-M Hospitals and Health Centers and the U-M Medical Group, and Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president for government relations, were pleased with the results.
They also were grateful for the show of generous support from the U-M community and the more than 500 unit volunteers during the campaign.
"This year's results shows once again how much the University of Michigan community cares and acts to make a difference for others in need. I am grateful to all who contributed to the success of this campaign," Denton said.
In the campaign kick-off message, the co-chairs challenged everyone in the university community to make a pledge of any size, and become a part of the effort to strengthen our community. The challenge was successful with more than 300 new participants, a 10 percent increase this year.
"When people come together to support a campaign like this, great things can and will happen in our community," Wilbanks said.
Pam Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County, also thanked the U-M community.
"The University of Michigan provides exemplary leadership and commitment to our community," Smith said. "The United Way of Washtenaw County values the university's participation in raising critical funds that address poverty, health and education issues. I would like to personally thank each employee for being among the Leaders and Best in helping us reach our goals."
In recognition of two particularly successful efforts, the Office of the Provost will award the School of Information and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching plaques honoring their contributions as the highest pledging units.
While the formal campaign has ended, the U-M United Way office always is prepared to accept pledges. To make a donation, call 734-763-3109.