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Upstate Foundation’s annual Power of Us employee giving program under way

The Power of Us, the Upstate Foundation’s annual employee giving program, kicks off this week, giving employees an opportunity to support Upstate Medical University’s threefold mission of patient care, education and research by donating to a fund they find meaningful. Power of Us enables employees to contribute directly to a cause that fulfills their philanthropic wishes and benefits Upstate in a win-win partnership.

The Power of Us program demonstrates how the Upstate community can all come together, collectively, to address the most critical needs of patients today and tomorrow. The generosity of donors helps fund those areas that are simply not covered by other means. Through the Power of Us, employees have the opportunity to donate to one or more of the 1,000 funds managed by the Upstate Foundation where 100 percent of the gift goes to the fund(s) chosen by the donor.

How to participate in The Power of Us:

All Upstate employees will receive information about Power of Us through email this week. Donations may be made via cash, check, credit card or payroll deduction. For payroll deduction, pledge payments are divided over 26 pay periods beginning July 1; the deadline for enrolling in payroll deduction is June 17. For even more convenience, employees can use the e-pledge option by going to Self Serve, logging in and clicking on the Power of Us e-pledge button.

The following are examples of Foundation funds. To search for a fund that is meaningful, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/employeegiving.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Fund (#01351) – To heighten awareness, increase clinical capacity and programmatic initiatives, improve access to services, and support research in the area of pediatric mental health.

Health Care Heroes Fund (#19992) – To provide support and recognition for Upstate nursing staff and health care professionals.

HouseCalls for the Homeless Fund (#19960) – To provide medical and mental health services to the homeless population living on the streets and in shelters in Central New York.

Paley’s Pantry – Upstate Fights Student Hunger (#47679) – To help alleviate food insecurity for students on the Upstate Medical University Campus.

Each fall, there is another opportunity to contribute to Upstate Foundation funds (as well as other Central New York not-for-profit organizations) through the Community Giving Campaign administered through United Way.

For more information on Power of Us, contact the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416 or FDN@upstate.edu.

Caption: Donating to an Upstate Foundation fund such as Friend in Deed, the annual fund for Upstate University Hospital, helps provide art supplies and other resources vital to the recreation therapy program. The recreation therapy program is important for patients’ therapeutic experience during their hospital stay and is just one example of how employees can support Upstate and the community.