Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Kicks Off Monday

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 — The University of Virginia will launch the 2010 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign at U.Va. on Monday.

The CVC is a workplace-giving program that allows state employees to designate a financial gift to any of more than 1,400 participating charities. Types of charities include health and human services, animal welfare, environmental conservation and medical research. At the University, the campaign is administered by the Office of Community Relations.

Employees can support their favorite charities in a variety of ways, including donating online here, using their computing ID and NetBadge password. Employees can also arrange deductions from each paycheck or make a one-time contribution through payroll deduction. When employees designate a specific charity, the entire gift goes directly to that charity with no overhead or administrative costs.

"We're all aware of the increased needs in our community," campaign chairman Jim Fitzgerald said. "Now more than ever, University of Virginia employees have the chance to help others in need. Each and every gift, regardless of its size, is vitally important to our area's charities and those they serve. If we all give what we're able, together we can truly improve the lives of our friends in need."

U.Va. employees have a long tradition of leading the state in this workplace-giving program. Last year, 3,881 employees donated a record $946,000 to approximately 400 charities, the bulk of which are in the Charlottesville area.

This year, the campaign's volunteer leaders established a goal of $725,000, up from last year's goal of $650,000.

"With the economy being what it is, and with a reduced number of employees to participate in the campaign, we're optimistic of reaching, or even exceeding, that goal," Fitzgerald said.

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