Campaign Update #8
campaign celebrates success
President Nannerl O. Keohane thanked
the Duke co-chairs for the University's 2000 Triangle United Way
campaign -- Patricia Meadows, Judith Ruderman and Dan Rodas --
and more than 80 other volunteers for their efforts at a luncheon
on November 8th in the Bryan Center. Contributions from campus
and hospital employees topped $1 million this fall, and are expected
to reach the $1.1 million goal as late pledge sheets and donations
continue to be tallied, said Ruderman, vice provost for academic
and administrative services.
Duke also set records this fall for overall employee participation
-- 22 percent -- and the number of campaign volunteers, which
topped 800. "We are indeed grateful," Keohane told the volunteers.
"I think of this as love at work." Event organizers also announced
the co-chairs for Duke's 2001 Triangle United Way effort: Rafael
Rodriguez, associate chief information officer, MCIS; Deborah
Roth, chief operating officer, Duke Clinical Research Institute;
and Richard White, director of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and former
dean of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
Campaign Update #7
campaign nudges goal
Duke has raised more than
a million dollars for this year's Triangle United Way campaign
but still needs about $50,000 to reach the $1.1 million goal.
Employees can still participate -- and qualify for the last drawing
on Nov. 8 -- by turning in their pledge forms immediately. Two
of the prizes include a Duke recreation membership and a set of
Carolina Hockey tickets for Sunday, Nov. 26. Employees can drop
off pledge cards at any of the following drop off locations:
Room 105 Bio-Sciences Building (Caroline Usher's office)
Room 5242 Duke North
Room 5243 Duke North
Room 1290 Duke South, (See Angela Jones)
Room 1151, Duke South (Scott Gibson's office)
203 Allen Building (Blue box in lobby)
North Pavilion, 7th floor lobby
Campaign Update #6
campaign nears goal
As of Friday, (Oct. 13) Duke's United
Way campaign had raised $1,009,290, or 92 percent of the $1.1
million goal. Co-chairs Patricia Meadows, Dan Rodas and Judith
Ruderman say they are optimistic they will reach the target if
people continue sending in their pledge forms.
"We are so close to our campaign goal!" Ruderman said."I hope
that in the coming week or so we will reach and even exceed it
as pledges continue to come in. The generosity of Duke employees
is striking and gratifying; it makes everyone's hard work on the
campaign worthwhile when we see that our Duke community is so
responsive to the needs of the community at large."
Organizers attributed the good showing - a record 20 percent of
the campus community has donated - to a major increase in the
number of campaign volunteers.
Steve Woody, chief information officer at Duke Clinical Research
Institute, said he donated for the first time largely because
of being personally contacted by Rafael Rodriguez, associate chief
information officer for the Office of Information Technology and
a campaign vice-chair.
"I think the big part for me is that Duke has been just great
to me and this was a way I felt I could help out," said Woody,
who routed his United Way donation to Wake County, where he lives.
It didn't hurt that Woody's good will resulted in a year's free
parking in the United Way raffles, one of dozens of donated prizes.
"It shows anyone can win," he said.
Pledge forms can be dropped off at various locations through Oct.
31 or by mailing them through campus mail to Box 90931. President
Keohane and Dr. Ralph Snyderman will thank campaign volunteers
at noon on Nov. 8 at the Van Canon room in the Bryan Center. Lunch
will be served between 11:30 and 1:30. For more information, call
Campaign Update #5
United Way in
in daily life
Hilary Anne Lincoln (above)
knows firsthand about the impact of the Triangle United Way and
its member agencies.
In 1992, when fire destroyed
her Hillsborough home, the local American Red Cross chapter stepped
in to find immediate lodging and clothing for her family.
And it was through her work at the
Cued Speed Center in Raleigh that Lincoln,who
joined Duke's Human Resources department in January, honed her
ability to communicate in both the hearing and non-hearing communities.
"I am seriously hearing impaired,"
Lincoln, told more than 40 Alumni Affairs and University Development
employees gathered at a Duke United Way campaign event last week
in the Alumni House. "The Cued Speech Center enabled me to become
a productive part of the work force here at Duke University. Otherwise,
I'd probably be doing some sort of menial back-office job. Or
maybe flipping hamburgers."
Almost everyone has heard
of the American Red Cross and a number of the other high-profile
organizations which receive United Way funding and help individuals
in well-publicized ways, said Lincoln, the daughter of the late
religion scholar and Duke professor C. Eric Lincoln. But United
Way contributions also benefit a host of smaller, quieter agencies
- like the Cued Speech Center - that do their part each day to
improve the lives of Triangle residents.
"This is the very first time
I've ever done anything like this," Lincoln told her fellow employees
gathered in the crowded room. "I hope it helps you realize just
how important the work you're doing with United Way is."
The event, which was held
a day after the kickoff for this year's Duke United Way campaign,
was hosted by Laney Funderburk, associate vice president of alumni
affairs and development.
Blossom Gardner, program coordinator
for alumni and development records, introduced Lincoln. "Her experience
so astounded me that I wanted everybody else to hear it," Gardner
said. "The Cued Speech Center is something I probably wouldn't
have known about giving to or even known about."
The fund-raising goal for
this year's campus United Way campaign, which runs through Oct.
13, is $1.1 million, the highest-ever target, said Peter Vaughn,
director of communications and donor relations for university
development. In addition, campaign organizers are aiming for a
25 percent participation rate among campus and hospital employees.
Campaign Update #4
posters feature Duke people
Eight-year-old Terry, the
young son of Beatrice Chestnutt, goes daily to the Salvation Army
Boys and Girls Club. Diane Dunn turns to the ARC of Durham County
for caregivers for Scott, her autistic teenager. Tom Robinson
is a big fan of the American Red Cross's disaster relief and blood
All these Duke employees share
something in common: They benefit from or support Triangle United
Way agencies and they've participated, along with five others,
in a new poster campaign to let their colleagues know why. More
than 600 blue and gold posters have been hung around campus.
Chestnutt, who works in the
computer science department, said she has welcomed the opportunity
to clear up some misconceptions about United Way agencies.
getting a lot of reaction," said Chestnutt, who is pictured
with Terry leaning protectively over her shoulder. "People
were kind of curious about why my husband and I send Terry
to the Boys Club camp. I tell them it's not just for poverty
stricken children, it's for everyone. "
Volunteers in the Duke United
Way campaign will meet the eight "poster employees" Wednesday,
Sept. 20, at an 8 a.m. kickoff ceremony in the Duke Clinics Food
Court. Campaign volunteers will pick up their materials and pledge
packets. President Nannerl Keohane and Dr. Ralph Snyderman will
The campaign will run from
Sept. 20 through Oct. 13. The university goal is to raise a record
$1.1 million for organizations such as the YMCA, the Durham County
Literacy Council, the Orange Durham Coalition for Battered Women,
Meals on Wheels of Wake County and the Chapel Hill Senior Center.
idea for a personalized Duke poster campaign came from a Duke
steering committee meeting. University photographer Jimmy Wallace
shot the portraits. Laurie Smithwick '91 designed the posters.
"Sooner or later every single
one of us at Duke is likely to be served in some way by a United
Way agency -- whether it's Hospice or day care or a blood transfusion,"
said Georgann Eubanks, assistant director of Continuing Education
and a steering committee volunteer. "The poster campaign puts
a face on this reality: the United Way is about all of us."
To see the Duke staff featured on the United
Way posters, click
Campaign Update #3
Triangle United Way to expand its anti-discrimination policies
By Susan Kauffman
As Duke prepares to launch
its largest United Way campaign ever, organizers hope that a national
controversy involving the Boy Scouts of America won't hurt their
efforts to raise money for local charitable organizations.
Two months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts
have a constitutional right to exclude gays. Since then, a number
of corporations, United Ways and government organizations across
the nation have withdrawn financial support. Members of Duke University's
Task Force on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters sent
a letter to university administrators on Aug. 15 requesting them
to ask the local United Way to cease support of the Boy Scouts.
policy states that the university will not support discrimination
based on sexual orientation," wrote Laura Lewis-Tuffin, the task
force chair. "The United Way organization has stated that they
do not financially support organizations that discriminate. However,
their current policy of raising funds for the Boy Scouts of America
contradicts this, as the Boy Scouts of America have publicly stated
that they do not allow homosexual boys to join the scouts or to
occupy leadership positions."
Last week, the board of the
Triangle United Way, the umbrella United Way agency for Wake,
Orange and Durham Counties, voted to expand its own personnel
policy to forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
when hiring staff members, recruiting volunteers and serving clients.
It also recommended that United
Way member agencies, such as the Occoneechee Council of the Boy
Scouts of America, adopt the same policy. After hearing comments
on both sides, the board stopped short of making it a requirement
to receive funding.
John F. Burness, senior vice
president for public and government affairs at Duke, spoke before
the vote to urge the Triangle United Way to influence the national
organization to change its policy.
"He spoke passionately about
the inclusion of homosexuals and gays and of taking a leadership
position on this issue," said Tom Dugard, president of the Triangle
United Way. "At the end of the day, we decided to set as best
standards the inclusion of gays but not to make it a minimum standard."
The highly charged issue has
divided his volunteers, Dugard said. "We have funded the Scouts
for over 40 years and they have served our youth extremely well.
But you can not eliminate people by a class; you shouldn't do
The Occoneechee Scouts, which
serves more than 19,000 households in 12 counties in North Carolina,
is a major recipient of Triangle United Way funds. United Ways
provide about 30 percent of their funding, more than twice the
national average, said Tom Dugger, scout executive.
Last year they received about
$313,000 in general allocations from the Triangle United Way and
more than $113,000 from people who designated them.
A few gay leaders at Duke
said they were satisfied with the university's efforts and the
Triangle United Way decision - at least for now. John Younger,
an openly gay professor who earned an Eagle Scout badge, said
he is optimistic, that in time, the Boy Scouts will change its
"There's no reason to cripple
the organization," Younger said.
A Duke student who is a former
Boy Scout, said he regretted the national board's exclusionary
stance but would not want to see United Way funding cease.
"I'm an almost-Eagle Scout,"
said Jonathan Bitter, 17, who will received his badge this fall.
"I support what the Scouts does in other areas - forming troops
in urban areas, keeping kids off drugs, taking them swimming for
the first time, teaching first aid, knots -- stuff that will help
out later in life. We'd be punishing the national for being bigoted
but the kids are going to get hurt."
Michelle Cannon, Duke's United
Way coordinator, said she's optimistic that Duke can reach its
$1.1 million goal, despite the controversy.
Duke's United Way Campaign
will run from Sept. 20 through Oct. 13.
Campaign Update #2
responded through United Way to help hurricane victims
Last fall, in the aftermath
of Hurricane Floyd, the Triangle United Way gave donors the option
of designating their pledge to help flood victims in devastated
eastern North Carolina.
More than 5,500 people, including many at Duke, responded to the
call. When totaled, the Triangle United Way collected about $1.2
million for hurricane-relief efforts. At Duke, donors pledged
that $38,000 of the $991,186 raised go directly toward flood-relief
During this year's campaign, there will be no special code for
hurricane victims. But, as United Way President Tom Dugard notes,
much of the help provided by United Way agencies came prior to
and immediately after Hurricane Floyd, before donors had a chance
to designate their pledge for flood relief.
"The real savings, the real good dollars, came before the storm
struck," Dugard said. That money, he said, allowed 249 emergency
shelters to open, provided food that was distributed by the Food
Bank of North Carolina and funded other emergency operations.
"The real dilemma here," Dugard said, "is that people did not
know they had already given through the United Way prior to the
storm. Before Hurricane Floyd, you could not have gotten people
to give to emergency services, but the week after the hurricane,
people couldn't give enough."
To date, United Way dollars designated for the Hurricane Floyd
Relief Fund have been channeled to about 50 different rebuilding
projects in 15 counties. Money also has been used to purchase
cots for shelters in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties;
establish an Emergency Aid Station to help the American Red Cross
respond to future hurricane victims; replenish the 5 million pounds
of food distributed by the Food Bank; provide supplies for use
by volunteers of the Mennonite Disaster Service who are building
homes for senior citizens, indigent people, disabled people and
families with special needs; provide camp scholarships for 50
Boys and Girls Club members in Edgecombe County; and purchase
furniture and appliances for flood victims being helped by the
Burgaw Interfaith Network.
Dugard said last year's special pledge designation "provided people
who are compassionate with a means of responding." He noted that
pledges can still be earmarked to specific agencies "so we are
prepared for the next storm." As in previous years, people can
designate that their United Way pledge go to an agency or cause,
which will be listed in pledge packets when they are distributed.
Duke's United Way campaign kicks off Sept. 20. This year's goal
is $1.1 million.
Campaign Update #1
Campaign Kick-off is Coming!
Organizers of this year's
United Way campaign at Duke University are gearing up for the
largest campaign ever, confident they can reach a goal of $1.1
million. They've recruited dozens of employee volunteers to contact
colleagues about the campus effort to raise money for organizations
that benefit Triangle residents. The goal appears reasonable,
they say, because Duke contributions have steadily increased over
the past several years, culminating last year in a record $916,186.
"With our team of dedicated
and creative volunteers, we are confident we will have another
successful campaign," said Dan Rodas, assistant vice president
for administration and a co-chair of Duke's campaign for the second
time. "The generous contributions of our faculty and staff support
vital human service needs in our community."
This year's campaign will
kick-off Sept. 20 and run through Oct. 13. Staff from local United
Way agencies will be on hand to explain the work of their organizations
on Saturday, Aug. 19, Family Fun Day of Duke's Employee Appreciation
Week. "It's really a great way to learn about several agencies
at once, without having to make special efforts," said Janna Harton,
a Duke marketing and planning specialist volunteering in the campaign.
"They'll all be in one location."
The Triangle United Way funds
90 agencies throughout the region. Nearly every aspect of community
life -- including daycare, pre-and after-school education, disaster
relief, homelessness, literacy, and substance abuse prevention
programs -- involves one of these agencies. Those area organizations,
including the Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the YMCA,
touched an estimated 300,000 people last year.
"The generosity that so many
express through the United Way is heartwarming and impressive,"
said Pat Meadows, the hospital's associate operating officer and
another of this year's campaign co-chairs. "It's a delight to
share in efforts to address our community's needs." This year,
there are several options for making donations. Pledges can be
earmarked for specific United Way agencies in home communities.
Agencies that are funded by United Way have met stringent standards
of accountability and performance. Gifts can also be directed
to a key issue in Durham, Orange or Wake counties -- strengthening
families, enriching the lives of seniors, investing in youth and
nurturing the very young, promoting healing and wellness and increasing
self-sufficiency. Donors may also direct a payroll deduction gifts
to any non-profit agency, though the United Way will subtract
overhead fees of 12 percent.
Because the United Way is
also about fun, Duke will continue a popular practice started
last year. Anyone who returns a pledge card, whether or not they
make a donation, will become eligible for donated prizes, including
airline tickets, computers, and vacation time. Winners will be
posted in Dialogue, Inside DUMC and on the Duke United
Way web site.
Judith Ruderman, vice provost
for academic services, said she feels excited and enthusiastic
about this year's campaign, her second as a co-chair. "I believe
not only in 'the cause,' but also in the ability and willingness
of our Duke employees to help meet community needs through the
United Way campaign," Ruderman said. utilized."
Participating in this year's
United Way campaign at Duke will not only give you the good feeling
of strengthening our community. It will also enter you into drawings
Training for volunteers who will help out during the campaign
begins in late August. Anyone interested in volunteering or who
wants more information can e-mail Michelle Cannon, Duke's United
Way coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You Get When You Give
Weekly drawings will be held
during the campaign, which runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 13,
and the winners will be posted in Dialogue, and Inside
a personal computer,
lunches at local restaurants,
Duke merchandise and more.