September 17, 2001
Fundraiser adds new agencies
EmoryGives will usher in a new era in workplace giving across the University
community this fall.
On Oct. 1, Emory Universitys will add five new partners to its
workplace giving program. The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta will
be joined by Community Health Charities of Georgia, Earth Share of Georgia,
the Georgia Black United Fund, Georgia Shares and the Covington-Newton
County United Fund. More than 390 nonprofit groups under the umbrella
of these six federations are now part of Emorys workplace giving
By widely expanding the donation options, the hope is that more money
will be raised (this years goal of $415,000 is $25,000 higher than
last years) as the destinations of those dollars increase.
This is the first of three installments in which Emory Report will briefly
introduce each of the Universitys six charitable partners. Todays
featured partners are Emorys longtime collaborator, the United Way
of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Covington-Newton County United Fund, which
United Fund Inc. The United Fund, which is part of the national
organization of the United Way, was founded in 1963 and given federal
tax-exempt status in 1964. It is an association of 15 nonprofit organizations
that tackle health and human-needs issues in the Newton County area, home
of Oxford College.
United Fund raised more than $220,000 in 2000, and member agencies include
the American Red Cross; the Mental Health Association of Newton County;
Newton County Heart, Cancer and Emergency Relief; Newton County Senior
Citizens; Newton County Special Olympics; Northwest Georgia Girl Scout
Council, the Salvation Army and eight others.
While never an official part of the Emory workplace giving program, the
United Fund has had a longtime relationship with Oxford College. Former
Dean Bill Murdy sat on the United Funds board of directors for many
years, and Oxford faculty and staff members have donated independently
to the charity for years.
Weve never actually gone to campus and done fundraising,
said United Fund director Doris Strickland. Im hoping this
will open some doors.
In previous years, only a relatively small amount of Emorys workplace
giving donations have come from Oxford. With a hometown agency now an
official part of the Emory program, the hope is that dollars will increase.
We are delighted that for the first time Oxford College staff and
faculty will have the opportunity to give through EmoryGives to organizations
in Newton County, said Oxford College Dean Dana Greene. Hopefully
this will increase giving here among our employees.
United Way of Metropolitan
Atlanta. The United Ways federation of 215 nonprofit
organizations generated more than $63 million in revenue throughout the
13-county metro area last year. It participates in more than 3,000 public
and private workplace-giving programs.
The United Ways network covers a wide array of programs and initiatives,
including school systems, small neighborhood associations, nonprofit agencies
and nonprofit programs of hospitals, churches and community partnerships.
The United Way has been Emorys primary partner in charitable giving
since the 1970s and helped design (along with the other charitable partners)
the new EmoryGives program.
Last year, Emory employees contributed $382,468 to the United Way, and
matching gifts pumped that total to $471,842.
We hope people who have supported the United Way will continue to do that, said Michelle Smith, director of corporate giving. And we hope we will pick up even more donations from new people.