'Just imagine what we can do together'

'Just imagine what we can do together'

The 2007 Charitable Giving Campaign kicks off this week and runs through Nov. 15. Through the annual Charitable Giving Campaign, faculty and staff have the opportunity to voluntarily provide financial support to many charitable federations. Remember, no contribution is too small! In the next few days, you will receive information in the mail about each of the charitable federations, along with a pledge form.

Federation information
Faculty and staff have the opportunity to voluntarily provide financial support to one or all of the following nonprofit federations:

  • Community Health Charities
  • Community Solutions Fund
  • Minnesota Environmental Fund
  • Open Your Heart to the Hungry and the Homeless
  • United Arts
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way

In addition to the federations above, please note that, if you prefer, you may designate a specific agency of your choice to be the recipient of your donations (e.g., Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, United Jewish Fund, etc.)

A new feature this year is a drawing. If you are a first-time giver to the St. Thomas Charitable Giving Campaign, or if you increase your total donation this year by 10 percent over your contribution from last year, you automatically will be entered in a drawing for a variety of items donated by the seven federations, the UST Bookstore, Academic Affairs and the Office for Mission. In addition, Father Dennis Dease will host a luncheon for five employees who meet the above criteria. Among the donations to the drawing are: gift cards to the Bookstore, an acrylic commemorative plaque of the Thomas Aquinas window in O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, a one-year membership to the Loft, a backpack and duffel bag, tickets to a Minnesota Youth Symphony performance, insulated lunch bags, water bottles, traveling coffee mugs and coffee, and much more.

Please return your completed pledge form to the Office for Mission by Nov. 15. Information about the Charitable Giving Campaign and links to the seven federations can be found on the Charitable Giving Web site.

This is a special opportunity that we have, as the St. Thomas community, to make a significant impact on the Twin Cities and its environs.

As our theme states: "Just imagine what we can do together."