Celebrating the success of the United Way with Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign were (left to right) Kathy Newman and Drs. Wendy Manning, Stephen Langendorfer and Bob DeBard, 2007 campaign chair.
Campus wraps up charitable-giving campaign with record number of donors
“You really are making a difference,” Dr. Bob DeBard, chair of the 2007 United Way with Northwest Ohio Community Shares campaign, told those gathered at a Dec. 13 reception.
The $121,202 raised and pledged this year came from 719 donors across campus and included 241 new givers—a record for the University. “I’m very proud to be part of the campaign and I’m very proud of all of you,” said DeBard, higher education and student affairs.
This year’s total surpassed last year’s by 8 percent, he said, and while leadership gifts actually went down—due in part to several retirements—the increased giving across campus boosted the amount raised to a new high.
DeBard had BGSU sweatshirts for representatives of campus constituent groups who were leaders in giving. They were Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies and director of the BG Perspective program; Dr. Wendy Manning, sociology and director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research; Kathy Newman, administrative assistant in the Office of Service-Learning, and Sheri Stoll, CFO.
“I believe in the cause not out of a soft-heartedness but out of a hard-headedness,” said DeBard, who has been involved with United Way for a number of years in Erie and Wood counties and the Greater Toledo office. “The United Way does know how to administer fund-raising and be accountable to the public.” He added that the local office has earned a five-star rating, the highest given to fund-raising organizations.
Speaking on behalf of President Sidney Ribeau, Executive Vice President Linda Dobb said, “The spirit of the holiday is something we can make last much longer by giving to agencies that support children and families in our area.”
Special thanks went to the team of Kerry Foster, in Dobb’s office; Elaine Michalak, marketing and communications, and Laura Emch, student financial aid, for their work in organizing and promoting the campaign. The facilities services department was also noted for being especially generous this year.
December 17, 2007