Duquesne University has a strong tradition of providing financial support to our community through United Way of Allegheny County. It was recently announced that this year was the University’s most effective United Way campaign to date. New records were set in monetary giving, employee participation and number of campaign leaders.
Duquesne has raised $116,608, surpassing its goal by more than $31,000 and topping the previous campaign high of $109,647 reached in 2006. The campaign saw an almost 30 percent gain in overall participation rate from last year and a 50 percent gain in the number of campaign leaders.
“The campaign was championed by the many employee-sponsored events and initiatives created to support the drive,” said Mary McIntyre, chairperson. More than $8,000 was raised through the breast cancer awareness walk, hoagie sale, dunk booth, multiple coin collections, auctions, raffles, cupcake sales and dress down days.
McIntyre was touched by the many people who found ways to support the campaign and believes the recession may have affected much, but not Duquesne’s commitment to the community and to our fellow man.
“Many lives will be enriched thanks to the generosity of the campus community,” McIntyre said.
For many, giving to Duquesne’s United Way Campaign is an opportunity to support the University commitment to the service of others, but for individuals like Dr. Evan Stoddard, associate dean of the McAnulty College, it is a chance to say thank you: