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Upstate launches Community Giving Campaign

A Fall tradition in Central New York is once again about to play out on the Upstate Medical University campus.  The Community Giving Campaign to benefit the United Way of CNY and SEFA charities, including funds supported by the Advocates for Upstate, Upstate Alumni funds and Upstate Foundation, starts Sept. 19 at Upstate. 

Serving as this year’s campaign chair is Lawrence Chin, MD, dean of the Norton College of Medicine. 

“Our community continues to face the scourge of poverty, addiction, abuse. Our local non-profit agencies are addressing these issues with compassion, but have insufficient funding,” Chin said. “As the leading employer in the region, Upstate and its employees understand the benefits and need of healthy, robust communities where all have opportunities to flourish. I invite the entire Upstate family to be part of the solution and support this year’s campaign and become partners in helping others. I know this is something we do every day, and your commitment to this campaign will continue to reflect our beneficent spirit.”

Giving to the campaign is easy, said Zanette Howe, campaign director. All employees will receive an email on Sept. 19 with a link to make a pledge.  From the link, one can access a list of charities and funds to make a direct donation to the charity of one’s choice. Also, the link includes a giving history for each employee.

As in past years, there are giving incentives. Making a pledge through Self Serve qualifies individuals to be included in a daily drawing Sept. 19 through Sept. 30 for $100. Other giving incentives include the Step Up Challenge, where first-time donors and those who increase their giving over last year by $52, will be eligible for valuable prizes.

The complete resource for the Community Giving Campaign can be found at https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/. This site contains the nuts and bolts of the campaign, including a list of campaign representatives for each department and a list of charities and funds to support.

The website also contains videos featuring representatives of various social service agencies and their clients, as well as Upstate employees talking about why they support various agencies. The videos are available here.

Campaign Committee members, in addition to Howe, include Katherine Beissner, PT, PhD, Catherine Cadley, Tree Carter, Mark Congel, Kelly Dolan, Amy Green, Michael Longo, Katherine Magnarelli, Yowali Singh, Nancy Prott, Meghann Sandak. Three ad hoc committee members are Becca Pesci and Stephanie DeJoseph and Tammy Blackburn.

Linda Veit, MPH, and Nancy Prott will head up gifts for the Hamilton White, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Sarah Loguen societies.


Department representatives and others assisting with Upstate's Community Giving Campaign gather in the Eastwood Atrium of the Sentor Academic Building for the campaign kickoff.