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Release date: August 23, 2001
Contact: Jan Gleason, Assistant Vice President, 404-727-0639, or

Emory Expands Its Workplace Giving Program

Emory University has expanded its workplace giving program in response to employee requests to increase the range of charitable contribution options. Community Health Charities of Georgia, Earth Share of Georgia, Georgia Black United Fund and Georgia Shares will join longtime Emory partners United Way of Metro Atlanta and the United Fund of Newton County where Oxford College resides, to provide Emory employees with 399 individual charitable agencies from which to choose—a 56 percent increase from last year.

The new program has been christened EmoryGives. Its campaign will include all of Emory’s institutions: the University, Oxford College, the Emory Clinic, Emory and Crawford Long hospitals, and Wesley Woods Center and will run from Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Last year, Emory employees contributed $381,000 to the United Way. Michelle Smith, executive director of corporate relations, will oversee the EmoryGives program. Smith said Emory joins a trend that has employers providing more options for employees to give to causes that interest them personally.

Not only will faculty and staff be able to donate money, they also will be able to give their time and skills since EmoryGives contains a volunteer component. Smith said she is still working on the details but is exploring teaming arrangements to connect Emory employees and departments with agencies that need their help.

Additional Contacts:
Community Health Charities of Georgia
Al Specht, Executive Director

Earth Share of Georgia
Alice Rolls, Executive Director

Georgia Black United Fund
Bob Davis, Executive Director

Georgia Shares
Sherry Sutton, Executive Director

United Way of Metro Atlanta
Dawn Bell, Account Manager

United Fund of Covington-Newton County
Doris Strickland, Executive Director

Michelle Smith
Executive Director of Corporate Relations
Emory University

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