UMass Amherst Community Campaign Kicks Off with Goal to Raise $435,000 for Nonprofits

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AMHERST, Mass. – The UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC), a workplace giving program that allows UMass faculty, staff and retirees to donate to any nonprofit organization, will launch the 2017-18 campaign on Oct. 10. This year’s goal is to raise $435,000 for local, national and global nonprofit organizations.

Contributions are made through payroll deduction, check or credit card. Employees and retirees choose the organizations they want to support, and none of the donations stay at UMass.

“Through UMACC, the university demonstrates its commitment to caring both locally and worldwide, says Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “Working together, our faculty and staff, including our retirees, achieve so much more than any of us could do alone, and I am immensely proud to be part of a campus that gives so generously to those in need.

Last year, more than 640 employees and retirees pledged more than $430,000 to nonprofits, and over 60 percent of that went to organizations in western Massachusetts. Employees and retirees can choose to donate to a variety of nonprofits, from local organizations like the United Way of Hampshire County and Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, to national efforts like Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

The campaign chair again this year is Willie Hill, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Center. “I truly believe that we rise by lifting others,” he says. “I’m grateful and proud to be part of a campus that comes together to lift our community. I am overwhelmed by the strong participation, generosity, and community spirit of the UMass employees and retirees who have made the UMass Amherst Community Campaign such a great success.”

UMACC will officially launch on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with a kick-off event and charity fair, plus refreshments and live music, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

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