Dartmouth’s United Way Campaign Seeks to Reach Fundraising Goal

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It’s not too late to make a make a pledge to Dartmouth’s United Way Campaign, say organizers, who hope to close a $9,000 gap and reach this year’s fundraising goal of $275,000 before the campaign’s end on Thursday, January 31.

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(Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

“We’re so close, but we’re not there yet,” says campaign volunteer Mimi Simpson, Tuck ’89, executive director in the Office of the President. “Every donation counts, and we’re hoping those who haven’t yet pledged will do so before the end of the month.”

As of this week, the campaign has reached 97 percent of its goal of $275,000. Campaign proceeds help improve education, health, and income stability through support of local programs and initiatives. There are four different ways Dartmouth employees can donate to the campaign.

“The College’s campaign really is the foundation of what we do here in the Upper Valley,” says Dana Hanson, director of resource development for the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire’s Granite United Way.

The Granite United Way anticipates helping about 33,000 individuals throughout the Upper Valley. Last year’s Dartmouth campaign raised $282,000.

Dartmouth’s relationship with United Way dates back to the College’s first campaign in the early 1970s. Dartmouth has continually worked with the United Way to bring positive changes to the Upper Valley. This past fall, Dartmouth and the United Way sponsored the third annual Day of Caring, in which many Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff spent a day volunteering throughout the Upper Valley.

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Staff members, department coordinators, and United Way representatives met in October in the Hayward Room of the Hanover Inn to launch the annual Dartmouth campaign. (photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

The United Way Steering Committee will hold its third and final raffle at the end of this month. All of those who have made a pledge to the campaign are eligible to win the prize of a one-night stay at the Norwich Inn, with dinner for two (a $350 value). The drawing will be held on January 31.

Winners of the first two raffles were: Bruch Lehmann, who won a one-night stay at the Hanover Inn, dinner for two, and valet parking (a $350 value); and Hal Swartz, who won two tickets to the January 26 Leila Josefowicz concert at the Hopkins Center and a $100 gift certificate to the Canoe Club.