Rice United Way Campaign sets a Week One record


The first week of the 2016-17 Rice United Way Campaign ended Sept. 23, the 116th anniversary of William Marsh Rice’s death. In honor of the university founder, campaign organizers challenged their Rice colleagues to make this year’s first week the best in the campaign’s history. Nearly 250 Rice faculty and staff responded with gifts and pledges totaling $146,736 — almost 59 percent of the university’s $250,000 campaign goal.

United Way“This is the most successful start we’ve ever had to Rice’s annual United Way campaign,” said the campaign’s faculty chair, Herb Ward, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering. “We’re extremely grateful to our campus colleagues for their support and hope we can push on to meet and perhaps even beat our campaign goal before the Thanksgiving break.”

Leading the campus with 100 percent participation and the largest number of donors in the Club 21 and Century Club ($500 and $100, respectively) categories is the Public Affairs division. The Investments division and School of Natural Sciences tied with Public Affairs for the most number of Century Club donors, and the School of Engineering leads in the number of contributors in the $1,000-and-up Lead Donors category. The School of Humanities currently leads the campus in total dollars contributed, $17,955.

“Rice’s board chairman, Bobby Tudor, and his wife, Phoebe, have generously underwritten a $25,000 challenge gift that is being used to match any increases that Rice donors may wish to make over their previous year’s contributions,” said the campaign’s Lead Donors chair, University Representative Y. Ping Sun. “So far more than 100 Rice colleagues have taken advantage of this opportunity by making new or increased pledges and claiming more than $17,000 in matching funds.”

“There are seven more weeks of active campaigning left,” said Eusebio Franco, staff chair and director of custodial and grounds. “We hope our campus colleagues will continue to express their support for the United Way’s programs that benefit children, families, seniors, veterans and people recovering from crises by making their pledges today.”

Pledges may be made by automatic payroll deduction, spread over all of 2017’s paychecks, via Esther. To give by check or credit card, or to designate any pledge — including a payroll pledge — to the benefit of a specific United Way agency, geographic area or community program or priority, campus donors may use the pledge form available on the Rice United Way Campaign website, unitedway.rice.edu.

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