William O. Beeman
"The University is both IN the Twin Cities and OF the Twin Cities. Giving back to the wonderful community in which we live and work is a privilege. Our contributions help insure the quality of life that we all enjoy and provide support for those areas of public life that need it. A rising tide raises all boats, and with our help we will raise the tide for everyone."
Ann Thuy Tran
" Because I lucky to have a job and a house to live. I feel the pain of other less fortunate."
Christopher Matthew Groth
"I love This Community!"
Academic Support Resources
"There are so many needs, and so ways to build community, it can be overwhelming. Giving via the Community Fund Drive is one way I can regularly fit helping others into my work life and budget. It is easy and feels right."
Financial Services, CSOM
"There are so many needs and also great programs and Art in the Twin Cities. Giving to through the Community Fund Drive makes it easy to support these needs and activities. I go in knowing some organizations I support regularly, like the Ananya Dance Theatre, and also lets me look through and find organizations that serve people in my immediate community/neighborhood like the American Indian Women's Resource Center."
"Those groups you've thought about supporting, this is your opportunity to do it."
Inter-College Program CCE
"Life is precious. Making always possible for everyone something to eat and a safe and warm place to stay is a moral imperative for me and requires a small sacrifice on my part."
"I am luckier than most."
Classical and Near Eastern Studies
"To give back into the world."
Center for Austrian Studies
"I have been doing this for over 20 years, and I don't intend to stop. The Community Fund Drive gives me the opportunity to give a little bit to a diverse group of organizations working to improve society."
Katharine Nease Bonneson
School of Nursing
"To support efforts that are near and dear to my heart!"
General Internal Medicine
"I appreciate the payroll deduction. It makes donation easy. It is so important to be grateful for those fighting for social justice and helping them financially while we do our day jobs helps all of society."
Amy L. Olson
Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
"We have a history of generosity to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Be thankful and lend a hand or a dollar! It is our duty as citizens of this world to help others who need it!"
French and Italian
"To give back."
Office for Diversity in Graduate Education
"I contribute to the fund drive because I believe if everyone can give, even just a little, the positive impact on our community is something from which we would all benefit."
Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
"I give because we are all part of one big community, and these organizations do so much to improve and enrich our lives. The drive gives me an opportunity to do my part."
College of Veterinary Medicine
"I have given in the past 10 years to the scholarship foundation at the inner ring suburb high school that my daughters attended, as they both received scholarships from that foundation. I feel confident that any contribution that I give them is greatly appreciated, no matter how small, and has helped many students of diverse backgrounds attend the University of Minnesota,"
UMN Extension's Minnesota 4-H Foundation
"I give in support of Pillsbury United Communities because I have seen the results of their work to "attack Minnesota's achievement gap through creativity, perseverance, and research-based innovative programming and services." Their Pillsbury Theatre and Early Learning Center is a wonderful place for my child to learn and grow. In addition to paying tuition for our child to attend, we gladly give extra to ensure other children have the same wonderful experience ours does."
Department of Music
"I am coming from the country in which people survived difficult times only because they were willing to share and give to each other. I feel that if we can share always, not only in challenging times, we are growing as a community. I give because I feel grateful for help I was provided."
Institute on the Environment
"Giving is a way for us to care for our communities and to reflect on what we have received."
Mary Moreno Lien
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & Life Sciences
"I give to Open your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, because NO ONE in the United States of America should be hungry or not have a safe place to sleep."
"I want to donate to Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota."
"It is like the presence of the Sankofa Bird - Reach back and give!"
"I give because I can and it's the right thing to do. I have seen how many organizations help those in need. They do what they can even if the donations are not optimal, so the more we give the more they help and support."
" My small gift goes to United Negro College to be used for educational purposes.I am sure my small gift will make a difference in some body's life together with the rest of donations.'
Betty B. Gilchrist
"It feels right to help my community."
"I give because future generations need a maintained natural environment to enjoy, and my contributions will help make this possible."
"It feels good to give."
"Its the right thing to do to assist those less fortunate than ourselves."
CLA Student Services
" I always donate because it's the right thing to do, and I'm honored to be able to help my community. Personally, I always give to two areas - one from the list, and one that I add as a 'pledge not listed for my contribution.' The second one is the Animal Humane Society - I know AHS does great things for animals, and for humans. I'm a better person because of my dog."
Office for the General Counsel
"I give to the CFD because I would not be where I am today without help from the community, and I will never forget that or take it for granted. I want to give back and this is my way of doing that."
University Recreation and Wellness
"I'm thankful for being able to do what I love as a career...the fact that I get paid to promote health and wellness is such a blessing. I give to the Community Fund Drive because I believe it is important to do my part in helping other Minnesotans that are in need. Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life - my small gift will hopefully keep that momentum going for another day."
Mae Seely Sylvester
"I believe that we are one community and that the need of anyone in the community is my need as well. So when I contribute, it is not just to honor our responsibility to each other, but also to strengthen the community in which we all share."
Libby Nickel Baker
University of Minnesota Foundation
"I pledged to two agencies via United Way this year, Second Harvest Heartland and ServeMinnesota. My family volunteers quarterly at Second Harvest Heartland and I know how far they can stretch a dollar to help those facing food insecurity, so it's a pleasure to support their work. ServeMinnesota is Minnesota's AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps was a pivotal experience for me after my graduation from the University of Minnesota, setting me on a career path in non-profit fundraising, and it's my pleasure to support their work, as well."
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
This quote from Hubert H. Humphrey means so much to me, "there is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable."
That is why I give and I'm glad to do so.
CFANS Student Services Office
"The Community Fund Drive is set up to make it easy to give, and to allocate giving to my particular interests, although all are good causes. I also like aiding to the U of M's contribution to the community."
"It's a good way to give back to society, to promote the common good, to help those less fortunate than us."
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
"Share when you can, how you can". We all need help in our lives, one time or another. I have felt the compassion and empathy of others who have shared their resources with me as well as my family. When I am able to share my resources, I do so because it is always the "right thing to do, for the right reasons, at the right time". The University of Minnesota is a land grant institution, we represent the state in higher education, what better way to show we care by when we share. The Community Fund Drive is more than donating money for me, it is about directing dollars where they are needed most. I give because I can.
College of Science and Engineering Student Services
"I give each year as a way to pay-it-forward for the kindness, support and generosity we received when our daughter passed away. There are so many amazing people and organizations that swoop in to keep you going when the unimaginable happens; and, I want to do my part to ensure that other families continue to find strength in the resources available in our community."
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."