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Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

IU United Way campaign again surpasses goal

March 20, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Employees at Indiana University's Bloomington campus met their goal in raising more than $650,000 for this year's United Way campaign in Monroe County, university officials announced today (March 20).

In the two years since IU School of Law Dean Lauren Robel has chaired the effort, IU's campaign total has increased by more than $60,000. In the past five years, the goal for IU's campaign has increased by more than $100,000.

More than 20 percent of all IU employees contributed to the effort, with IU's contribution of $652,000 representing more than 44 percent of the overall county campaign. IU workers raised $14,000 more than last year. IU participation rate is the highest of any other employer-based campaign in Monroe County.

There were 224 IU Vanguard Leadership donors who contributed $1,000 or more out of a total of 364 such donors to the Monroe County campaign. This was an increase of 35 compared to last year.

Robel's co-chair has been Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School of Music. Richards will continue as United Way chair for another year, while Robel steps down. Deborah Sibbitt, director of Hoosiers for Higher Education, led the Vanguard effort.

"The Indiana University and United Way partnership improves people's lives in our community. This campaign demonstrates that the IU family -- students, faculty, staff and retirees -- work together to address the most pressing human service issues for local residents," said Kirk White, IU Director of Community Relations and manager of the campus campaign.

There were 247 volunteers who were involved either on the IU leadership cabinet or as unit leaders or liaisons. Support came from all levels of the university, including publicly given by IU President Adam Herbert, IU President-elect Michael McRobbie and Women's Basketball Coach Felisha Legette Jack.