Carlson School of Management
1. ease of giving: click click enter amounts and done.
2. grateful to have ability to make a difference for those in need
3. feels good
4. right thing to do!
5. ditto to John Snider
6. ditto to Elizabeth Finger
7. ditto to Gina Deveney
8. ditto to Elizabeth Anderson
Financial Services, CSOM
"I give because it makes a difference. The community fund drive gives me the opportunity to easily include many organizations I care about in my giving. It's great to support causes you believe in and to support programs that directly impact the people in my own neighborhood and communities."
Srategic Management and Entrepreneurship
"I support Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless every year as I feel there is such an urgent need to help those who are less fortunate in our local communities."
School of Social Work
" I really appreciate the U of MN Community Fund Drive, in no small part because you make it ridiculously easy for me to donate to an organization for which I have tremendous respect and that I want to support. I have my donation taken directly from my paycheck, which makes it very convenient. I give every year to the United Negro College Fund because I think they do invaluable work in providing support for students to go to college. Their work has such a wide-spread impact and, I think, moves us as a society to a better place. thanks to the CFD for making this such an easy process!"
U Market Services
"Through the many tragedies my family has experienced over the years, there have been various community services that have helped bridge them over to better times."
"I give to the Open Your Heart organization because in this land of plenty there are far too many people who go hungry every day. This is a great opportunity to help those in need."
"I give for those in need because it feels good to help."
School of Public Health
"I to the United Way and earkmark my donation to Solid Ground. Solid Ground, an organization that helps homeless families and children to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty."
" I personally met a young mom who told me about how her life’s journey had landed her into homelessness with her children. She spoke about how desperate she was to provide them with a safe place to call home and a good education. The miracle of what she accomplished when given the opportunities at Solid Ground, reached into my heart and made me want to do whatever I could to help more families accomplish what she was describing. To help families give to their children what we all want, a safe place to call home, the chance for a good education and careers that offer a chance at self-sufficiency."
Department of Surgery
"I contribute annually to Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless because I believe no one should go to bed hungry, ever. I have been given much in my life and it feels good to give back to this effort."
School of Nursing
"I give because there are many small non-profits that do tremendous good for our community. Our contributions are the life blood of these organizations. Community health is the responsibility of all of us."
Medical School - Dean's Office
"Giving nourishes the soul, plants a seed, promotes a sense of well-being, allows us to reclaim our world citizenship and makes a tremendous difference. It is an investment that yields many happy returns."
Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
"I give every year and earmark my donation to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities because I was a single parent of two wonderful sons. Each of them had a big brother thru this program and it helped me tremendously. My oldest son kept in contact with his Big Brother right up until he passed away and then was a pall bearer at his funeral. My younger son still has contact with his Big Brother. It's a wonderful program that I will continue donating to."
Institute on Community Integration
"I contribute to the U of M Community Fund Drive because I know that my donation will almost entirely serve individuals directly and won't be used for marketing or other non-essential expenses. "
Office of the General Counsel
"I give because it feels good………there is need everywhere………if we don’t help others, how can we ultimately nourish our spirits? How can we not give of ourselves?"
Libraries Archives and Special Collections
"I give to the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and Caring Bridge. I have had epilepsy since I was 12. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota provides programs to connect and empower those affected by seizures and epilepsy. Adult and family connect groups, an art and writing contest, and education in schools are just a few of the many programs the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota provide. The summer of 2011 my seizure rate increased and I was evaluated to see if surgery could be an option for me. During this time, I used Caring Bridge to stay in touch with family and friends. It was awesome to be able to connect with friends in this way and get the messages from friends on the Caring Bridge page. In early 2012, I had brain surgery to eliminate the seizures and both the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and Caring Bridge were there for me."
"I give back to these charities so that the next person to deal with what I went through, can have these tools to help them."
Family Medicine and Community Health
"Each year I designate a contribution to the United Way's Plymouth Youth Center (PYC) due to their commitment to help at-risk youth succeed. It's great to be part of this University effort and to join my peers in this important endeavor."
Carlson School of Management
"I give because it is these kinds of organizations that helped my friends and me growing up and it is good to know that others will benefit and hopefully grow in some way due to my contribution."
Facilities Management, Landcare Department
"I have given to the Community Fund Drive for the past couple of years and I earmark my funds to go directly to The Diaper Drive, Minnesota's first and only non-profit Diaper Bank that my wife and I founded and currently serve on the Board of Directors. The Diaper Drive gives new diapers (disposable or cloth) to Minnesota babies and adults in need. My donation is conveniently withdrawn from my paycheck every 2 weeks, and I know the funds are going directly to help families right here in the Twin Cities and around the state of Minnesota. The Community Fund Drive is a wonderful program that I will continue to donate to."
Capital Planning/Project Management
"I have given annually as long a I've been in the workforce because I believe that "to whom much is given, much is required." As I look back over my life, it is confirmed that I have been given gifts and talents that are best used in service to others. Much has been given to me along the way by others who came before me, and it is only when I am in service to others that I am my best self. So, I give monetarily and of my time in my community and I find as I do that the reward is so much greater than I could have imagined."
College of Liberal Arts, Student Services
I give each year to the Minneapolis Public Schools through the Greater Twin Cities United Way because it is my small way of supporting the school district that gave me so much from Kindergarten to 12th grade. As an educated person in the world, I have to ask myself what am I doing for my community? Giving is a small way to show my community that I care."
University Information Security
"'Blessed to be a blessing' sums it up. There's so much need, why not share with others when I can?"
"I've been a contributor for years, during the CFD, and always because I believed it was the right thing to do. However, in May of 2011, my 21-month old son passed away from a rare mitochondrial disease. After losing Charlie, the reasons why I give have taken on a more personal meaning than ever before."
"Through the UMN Community Fund Drive, I support CaringBridge and Faith's Lodge. CaringBridge provided a connection to everyone that was following Charlie's story during those precious last six-months and without that vehicle for communication I would've felt terribly isolated."
"After his passing, I attended a special mom’s weekend at Faith's Lodge in Siren, WI, to share with other moms who had lost a child where I began unpacking my grief and started working towards healing."
"I will continue to support causes that provide such invaluable resources for families and are there for them when the unthinkable happens: losing a child."
Office of Institutional Compliance
"I give because I think it is extremely important to extend the generosity we receive as members of the University community to others. I serve on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that supports women who are homeless or otherwise in transition or in need of support in their lives with the goal of helping each of them achieve the highest level of independence possible for their unique situations. Contributing to Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless provides another avenue to support this effort."
Janice L. Sickbertr
University of Minnesota Foundation
I give because it is a privilege to do so. These amazing organizations have a profound impact on the community in which I live and work."
Institute on the Environment
"Giving lets us support those working to make the world a better place. It matters to me that we give together as part of a community here on the U of M Twin Cities campus, as our gifts accumulated CAN create an affordable home for a family, a meal program at a non-profit community organization, a full scholarship, new artwork or the conservation of a precious natural area."
Program in Physical Therapy
"I give to the U of M Community Fund Drive because I sincerely believe in the work that the agencies that I donate to. I also feel that it is our responsibility to support our community for the betterment of all."
School of Kinesiology
"Our society, therefore our world, is better when we help others when there is a need. I give to UNCF and have for years because as their slogan says 'a mind is a terrible thing to waste'. If it were not for the help of others I would not have had the financial capacity to receive my undergraduate education, so I continue to give the gift of educational assistance."
Medical School - Emergency Medicine
"I give to Community Health Charities Minnesota (CHCM) and Trust for Public Lands (TPL) because I am very familiar with the work these agencies do every day for Minnesotans. CHCM provides hope and resources to people with acute and chronic health conditions. Some health charities also support important research being done here at U of M. CHCM also does a superb job of selecting charities that deserve our support. TPL provides all of us with recreational spaces in the cities and around the state."
Jo Ann Hendricks
"I certainly am not wealthy, but I am happy to give a very small financial sharing if it will benefit others in my community. I believe if we all just giv,e even a small amount, it will add up so much that the charities will be overwhelmed. There would be shouts of joy and a lot more meetings on how best to spend it to fulfill their mission!"
Office of Human Resources
"I gave to the United Negro College Fund because I believe that all people regardless of race, gender, age, or economic status should have the opportunity to pursue a college education."