Employees, retirees help ensure success

Emory employees and retirees contributed more than $108 million during Campaign Emory, the university's history-making, seven-year effort to support teaching, research, scholarship, patient care, and social action.

More than 4,500 employees made gifts during Campaign Emory, which raised nearly $1.7 billion. The campaign is the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the university's history.

Launched in February 2010, MyEmory had an initial goal to raise $50 million by the end of 2012 through the employee annual giving program. Employees stepped up and achieved the initial goal by Sept. 30, 2010. Employee and retiree donors more than doubled the amount by the end of the campaign.

Over the course of Campaign Emory, participation in the MyEmory employee annual giving program has risen to 24 percent -- up from 15 percent in March 2010 -- with thousands of Emory employees and retirees choosing to make their charitable contributions to the areas at Emory that mean the most to them.

"Their investments -- combined with the professional and personal contributions employees make each day -- are helping Emory continue to excel," says Ginger Hicks Smith 77C 82G, director of external affairs for Emory Libraries, who is co-chair of MyEmory with Sally Lehr 65N 76MN, a clinical professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

"Employees' enthusiasm and belief in what Emory will accomplish with these resources is an inspiration to donors everywhere to get involved," Lehr adds.