Duquesne University Surpasses, Sets Record for United Way Campaign
In its most effective United Way campaign to date, Duquesne has set new University records in monetary giving, employee participation and number of campaign leaders.
Duquesne has raised $116,608, surpassing its goal by more than $31,000 and topping its previous campaign high of $109,647 reached in 2006. The University's campus-wide campaign achieved a nearly 30 percent gain in overall participation rate from last year and a 50 percent gain in the number of campaign leaders.
"The campaign was championed by the many employee-sponsored events and initiatives created to support the drive," said Mary McIntyre, assistant to the president, who chaired this year's campaign.
More than $8,000 was raised through the breast cancer awareness walk, hoagie sale, dunk booth, multiple coin collections, auctions, raffles, cupcake sales and dress down days.
"Many lives will be enriched thanks to the generosity of the campus community," McIntyre said.
With the success comes the fulfillment of the United Way challenge set forth by McIntyre and fellow committee member, Rod Dobish, executive director of facilities management. McIntyre will dye her hair red and blue (Duquesne's colors), and Dobish will shave his head.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.