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Community Giving Campaign reaches halfway mark

The Upstate Community Giving Campaign has reached the halfway mark and campaign leaders are letting the campus community know there’s still more time to participate.

The campaign launched Sept. 27 and so far more than 1,100 employees—including 276 new donors— have contributed to the campaign that benefits the United Way of CNY and SEFA charities, but also funds by the Advocates for Upstate, Upstate Alumni funds and Upstate Foundation.

“There is no shortage of need in our community,” said Campaign Director Zanette Howe. “The halfway mark is a perfect time to encourage giving as there is certainly more time to make a gift to benefit an amazing agency or Upstate fund to make a difference for someone in our community.”

A complete listing of all donors to the current campaign as of Nov. 10, can be found here:  https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/pdf/2023-mid-season-report.pdf 

Interested in giving before the campaign ends?

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 agencies and funds to support, and info on how to donate. Here’s a direct like to the ePledge: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/

Serving as this year’s campaign co-chairs are Lawrence Chin, MD, dean of the Norton College of Medicine, and Robert Corona, DO, MBA, CEO of Upstate University Hospital. In their message to campus at the start of the campaign, both reiterated the importance of how the campaign can help impact community needs from housing vulnerabilities to food insecurity and mental health. “There is no shortage of need,” they said.

Assisting Chin Corona on this year’s campaign are Campaign Committee members Zanette Howe, Katherine Beissner, PT, PhD, Mark Congel, Kelly Dolan, Amy Green, Devin Kerr, Katherine Magnarelli, Yowali Singh, Sarah Trapani, Nancy Prott, Becca Pesci, Meghann Sandak. Ad hoc members Tammy Blackburn, Leah Caldwell, and Rebecca Janowski.

Campaign nursing sub-committee members are Kathleen Berardi, Brenda Dano, Kelly Dolan, JoAnn Featherstone, Tonya Seckner, Yowali Singh, Anne Snowdon.

Linda Veit, MPH, and Nancy Prott are heading up giving for Hamilton White, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Sarah Loguen societies.