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Upstate selects Empowering Parkinson as its 2024 Your Cause charity. From left are Linda Viet, MPH,  Patrick VanBeveran, DPT; Julie Lombardi, DPT; Zanette Howe
Upstate selects Empowering Parkinson as its 2024 Your Cause charity. From left are Linda Viet, MPH, Upstate assistant vice president for community relations; Patrick VanBeveran, DPT, Empowering Parkinson founder; Julie Lombardi, DPT, Emppowering Parkinson board member and faculty member at the College of Health Professions; and Zanette Howe, Upstate director of community relations and events.

Your Cause

Each November, 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 for the year and will receive support for events, outreach, hands-on work and education. 

Congratulations to the 2024 Your Cause recipient, Empower Parkinson, Inc. Upstate Online article located HERE.

Past "Your Cause" Sponsorships: 

Submission FAQs

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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.

Is my organization a part the SEFA?

Please check the website at https://www.sefanys.org 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.

How would the chosen organization recieve finanical sponsorship/support?

The chosen organization would receive financial sponsorship/support totaling $5k for any of their organization’s fundraising event. It would be at the discretion of the chosen organization to use all benefits of that sponsorship including filling the table, use of any tickets that the sponsorship may provide (except marketing opportunities which would be provided by Upstate Medical University).  Multiple events can be sponsored not to exceed $5k.