United Way: It's Not Too Late to Make a Pledge
Yale’s 2005-2006 United Way campaign has surpassed its million dollar goal. Over $1,031,306 in pledges and matching funds have been raised from 2,795 employees, retirees, and students. This is a substantial increase from last year's total of $900,000 from 1,458 donors.
Judith Hackman, chair of the campaign for Yale, attributes this success to wide support from throughout the Yale community – from 92 champions who reached out to their colleagues, to locals 34 and 35 and the police, to faculty emeriti, to graduate and professional students, and to the officers of the University who offered a challenge match of $100,000. All of the matches for new and increased dollars goes towards Success by 6®, a new initiative for early childhood learning in the New Haven region and another reason for Yale’s campaign success.
Of the $1,028,000, over half ($631,000) was given to the overall United Way Community Fund which is then distributed by volunteer committees to where the contributions can make the greatest community impact. Another $194,000 was designated to Success by Six, $24,000 to agencies and programs that support children and families, $10,500 to help connect seniors, and $8,600 to help strengthen families and individuals. Other areas receiving pledges of $750 or more were Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, American Red Cross-South Central CT Chapter, Connecticut Food Bank, Planned Parenthood of Connecticut Foundation, Cornerstone, Inc, Boy Scouts Connecticut Yankee Council, and Leila Day Nursery.
Hackman urges those who haven't yet made a pledge to take advantage of this opportunity to improve lives in the New Haven community. For more information or to pledge online, please visit the Yale/United Way website at: www.yale.edu/unitedway.