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2014 United Way Campaign News

United Way Campaign Continues Through Nov. 26

Posted on November 19, 2014

There is still time for members of the campus community to contribute to this year’s United Way fundraising campaign, which concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

The annual campaign has reached the 78.5 percent mark, or $82,400 of its goal, but needs a final push to meet the initial goal of $105,000.

“Our current numbers represent an amazing commitment to supporting vital community services and those in need,” said Nicole Feldhues, director of career services and chair of this year’s United Way campaign. “But I know if we come together in this last week, we can do something special and meet our goal.”

As of mid-November, the United Way Campaign had met its leadership donor goal, but remains almost 154 donors shy of reaching the target of 35 percent participation.

When donating to the United Way, each gift is combined with the gifts of others and impacts the community issues that matter most, said Feldhues. “For every additional employee that chooses to give and for every additional dollar that is given, it helps support key initiatives such as helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving health,” explained Feldhues.

Employees can donate online to the campus United Way campaign.

Campus-Wide Luncheon Held for United Way Campaign

Posted on October 29, 2014KidsVoice Executive Director Scott Hollander and Nicole Feldhues, chair of Duquesne’s 2014 United Way Campaign.

Scott Hollander, executive director of KidsVoice, spoke to nearly 250 members of the campus community at the United Way luncheon held Oct. 28.

Hollander shared personal stories of his child advocacy work through KidsVoice, a United Way funded nonprofit that each year provides a voice for the 3,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children who otherwise cannot speak for themselves. He reminded attendees that supporting the United Way advances the common good and helps build better lives for those struggling within our communities.

Duquesne is currently at 57.9 percent of its campaign target of $105,000 and needs your support. The campaign runs through Wednesday, Nov.  26.

2014 United Way Campaign Goal Announced

Duquesne has officially launched its 2014 United Way campaign and has announced its goal to raise $105,000 to assist local vulnerable populations.

The fundraising goal—which is $20,000 more than last year’s target—was announced on Sept. 18 at an informational kickoff breakfast for campaign team members who have volunteered to educate and coordinate donors from their departments, schools and offices.

Nicole Feldhues, director of career services and chair of this year’s campaign, noted the 2013 campaign raised nearly $105,000, surpassing its goal of $85,000. Feldhues, who describes the United Way campaign as an opportunity for employees to continue Duquesne’s strong tradition of supporting its community, said she has no doubt that the generosity of the campus community will once again prevail.

“Through the years, we have seen Duquesne rise to the occasion time and time again to meet, if not exceed, our United Way goals,” said Feldhues. “But it’s important to note that it is more than just about hosting events and raising money—it’s about improving lives.”

To increase faculty and staff awareness and support for the needs of the United Way, several fun and informative events will be held within the coming weeks including a Chuck Wagon BBQ sponsored by the Department of Public Safety on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and a campus-wide United Way luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

To facilitate contributions, employees can conveniently giving through payroll deduction, make a one-time pledge or volunteer their time and expertise to support the campaign. Participants can give to the United Way impact fund or designate donations by selecting specific charities.

For more information about the United Way Campaign and to make a donation, visit www.duq.edu/united-way.

Check back for updates and news on this year's campaign!