Participating in West Virginia University’s United Way campaign is a powerful way for the WVU community to come together and show that we are committed to improving the quality of life and economic opportunities for all the people who live and work in Greater Morgantown.
The WVU community recognizes that United Way occupies a unique role among all the nonprofits in the area: the organization is changing the odds for families and communities by working toward lasting solutions, not short-term charity, focusing on education, income, and health – the building blocks for a good life.
United Way gets results by bringing people and organizations together to create innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in our region.
Last year, contributions from West Virginia University faculty and staff helped change the story for over 32,000 individuals.
WHAT IS THE UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN?
Through its annual fund-raising campaign, the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties helps support 25 health and human service agencies in those counties. These agencies do not have the resources to mount elaborate fund-raising campaigns on their own; therefore, their survival is dependent on the funds they receive from the United Way. Each year, these agencies’ services impact the lives of thousands of individuals who need a helping hand.
The United Way, in cooperation with WVU, is authorized to administer the West Virginia State Employees Combined Campaign for University faculty, staff, and students. The United Way campaign is the only philanthropy that the institution commits to each year. The campaign, which is now in its 35th year is the only charity that is allowed to solicit from employees on campus.
HOW ARE CONTRIBUTIONS DISTRIBUTED?
Contributions that are not designated for specific agencies on employee pledges are allocated to the 25 agencies according to the recommendations of a 48 member Citizens’ Review Committee. Committee members make their recommendations after spending weeks visiting each agency, and reviewing services and financial operations. Final approval of the recommendations is made by the United Way volunteer Board of Directors.
WHO IS LEADING THE CAMPAIGN?
The 2018 WVU Campaign Chair is Meshea Poore, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
DOES ANY OF THE MONEY RAISED GO TO UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE?
No. No donor dollars go to United Way Worldwide programming.
WHAT IS THE COST OF ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD?
The local United Way administrative overhead is approximately 10.9 percent, a percentage cost much less than when member agencies do separate fund-raising.
HOW DO I MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS?
Login into the online pledging system or fill out the paper pledge form. If you have not received a form you can download your own here.
WHO OVERSEES THE CAMPAIGN?
The campaign is coordinated through the President’s Office.
Academic Affairs: Virginia Lewis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Affairs: Shirley Robinson - email@example.com
President's Office: Amy Garbrick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Administration and Finance: Marcie Milans - email@example.com
Student Life: Gretchen Meyer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension Services: Patricia Smyth - email@example.com
University Relations: Kevin Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Sciences: Joanna DiStefano - email@example.com
Campaign Coordinator: Amy Skeens - firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Skeens, Campaign Coordinator
Paige Klingensmith, Campaign Graduate Assistant