Let’s boost CALS’ participation in the Partners in Giving campaign

To all CALS employees:

In October you will be receiving materials for the 2006 Partners in Giving campaign. Please take some time to read the information and consider participating in this extremely worthwhile effort. Our goal is to increase our participation rate from last year and to do better than the university as a whole.

Many of the charities and umbrella groups participating in this fall’s Partners in Giving campaign are likely to touch each of you in some way. Employees can support them by contributing through Partners in Giving in the usual way and take credit for a strong participation rate for CALS.

Organizations receiving support through Partners in Giving provide a multitude of services that enhance the quality of life in Madison and surrounding communities. I have personally reviewed the opportunities to participate in this campaign. No doubt one of the Partners in Giving organizations has touched you or your family in the past.

We have set a College goal to improve our participation rate over that of last year. Last year, 11 percent of CALS employees participated. However, this compares with an average participation rate of 18.2 percent for all employees in the University. Therefore, we are establishing a College participation goal of 35 percent. This year we want to make a concerted effort to make a significant jump in the number of our faculty and staff making a contribution.

Together we can demonstrate a better representation of our College in this important effort so any contribution is appreciated. There are so many worthy, charitable organizations that need your help. Please don’t let it set on your desk and get buried. Anyone who makes a contribution to the campaign can receive four complimentary tickets to the women’s basketball game against Purdue University on February 18th. Return the pledge card to your departmental coordinator today!

If you have questions, please contact me, Associate Dean Frank Kooistra, or your department/unit coordinator.

Thank you.

Molly M. Jahn, Dean and Director