Campus campaign shoots above goal
A donation of $40,000 to the 2001 UBC United Way campaign from
an anonymous UBC employee has vaulted this year's total well beyond
the targeted goal of $395,000.
As of last week, total donations stood at just over $422,000.
"Who knows what might have touched this individual," says UBC
United Way campaign chair, Michelle McCaughran. "It reflects someone's
strong commitment to our community and we are very grateful."
UBC's commitment to the United Way campaign has grown steadily
over the years, but the increase of the campaign goal to $395,000
from $340,000 the previous year marked the largest increase to date.
According to McCaughran, many of the 2001 campaign organizers thought
that the 15 per cent increase was a touch ambitious. As it turns
out, it wasn't.
"To raise the bar that high took a committed volunteer group,"
says McCaughran. "To exceed that objective took more than one person;
it took our entire UBC community, including the Alma Mater Society
as well as support from many of the deans, and for that we should
all be very proud."
A total of 195 volunteers contributed their time to the 2001 UBC
United Way campaign, including 42 UBC faculty, staff and students
who served on the organizing committee. The campaign wrapped up
Nov. 30, although Financial Services will continue accepting pledge
forms until Dec. 31.
An umbrella organization with 104 member agencies and 32 affiliates
spread throughout the Lower Mainland, the United Way supports health-care
and rehabilitation services, crisis and emergency services, care
for seniors, community services, and provides assistance to families