The 17th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign drive kicks off on Monday, and University of Virginia employees are once again being counted upon to lead the state in the employee-giving, tax-deductible charity fundraising drive.
The CVC is held each fall in state agencies across Virginia. Approximately 1,200 charities participate in the campaign, so employees can easily designate gifts to the causes that match their interests, either online or using pledge cards. Participating charities include those whose work focuses on health and human services, animal welfare, environmental and/or historical restoration, preservation and conservation, and medical research.
A critical component for the ongoing success of the CVC at U.Va. is that 100 percent of designations go directly to the charity an employee chooses. Support from volunteers in offices across Grounds is essential to the campaign’s success.
During the 2014 drive, University employees contributed more than $969,000. For at least 16 consecutive years, U.Va. has been the No. 1 contributor to the CVC, and since 2000, U.Va. employees have donated more than $12 million. That trend continued in 2014, as more than 25 percent of the entire commonwealth’s contributions came from U.Va., and employees made a record-breaking number of online gifts.
University President Teresa A. Sullivan has proclaimed Nov. 18 as “U.Va. CVC Day.” Additionally, Sullivan and her office have offered tickets for three events at the John Paul Jones Arena as prizes for three randomly selected CVC participants.
The campaign ends Dec. 31.