Your Cause

Team Upstate is accepting applications for its sponsorship program, “Your Cause,” through November 30, 2018.

Upstate employees and students are encouraged to nominate a local non-profit organization whose mission is in line with the mission of Upstate. The selected organization will be Team Upstate’s featured “Your Cause” organization in 2019 and will receive support for events, outreach, hands-on work and education. 

Previous selected organizations have partnered with Team Upstate in a variety of ways and have provided us with a number of volunteer opportunities outside of our financial contribution. 

Applicants are encouraged to provide examples of how Team Upstate can continue to promote our mission of active community engagement in the community we serve.

All applications MUST be submitted to Nancy Prott ( or dropped on in person to the Office of the President by November 30th. 


Past "Your Cause" Sponsorships


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If my organization is selected, what are my specific duties and responsibilities?

You will be required to attend quarterly Team Upstate meetings and serve as a liaison between your organization and Team Upstate. You will also be required to recruit and organize Upstate volunteers for special events, if needed. The time commitment is approximately 20 hours for the entire year. 

I want to start a charity; can I use these funds?

Your Cause only funds established organizations.

Will my organization receive the funding up front?

Your organization will be reimbursed for expenses when the justification, tax exempt form and the original receipts are submitted.  If your organization holds an annual fund raiser a sponsorship can be requested.

We have an annual fundraiser. Can all the funding be used for that?

Up to 50% of the funding can be used for a sponsorship or special event.  The remainder of the funding can go unclaimed or can be used for projects that promote your organization’s mission at the same time providing Upstate employees the opportunity to volunteer.

Is my organization a part the SEFA?

Please check the website at https://www.sefanys.orgExternal Link Icon to determine if your organization is a part of SEFA.  If not, please be sure to enroll during the open enrollment period of 12/1/2018 to 1/31/2019.