UMass Amherst Employees, Retirees Contribute $434,000 to Charities

AMHERST, Mass. – The annual UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) raised $434,975 for local, national and global nonprofits as university faculty, staff and retirees surpassed the campaign goal of $430,000 and eclipsed last year’s total by 7 percent.

“Throughout the Pioneer Valley, across the Commonwealth, nationally and globally, nonprofits play a vital role in supporting communities, conducting important research and protecting the environment,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “Nonprofits are hard at work serving the needy, safeguarding our rights, and protecting our planet from the impacts of climate change. I am proud to be part of this campus-wide effort to support the organizations who are doing so much for all of us.”

UMACC contributions are made through payroll deduction or by cash, check or credit card. Employees and retirees choose the organizations they want to give to, and no donations stay at UMass.

The top 10 organizations in dollars designated were the following: Amherst Survival Center, United Way of Hampshire County, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Doctors Without Borders, St. Brigid’s Church, Dakin Humane Society, Planned Parenthood Foundation, Amherst Committee for a Better Chance, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. Planned Parenthood Foundation saw a 68 percent increase in designations, and rose from No. 10 last year to No. 7 this year, while the ACLU Foundation received eight times more in donations compared with last year, and broke into the top 10.

From larger organizations like the United Way of Hampshire County to smaller organizations like the Kestrel Land Trust, six of every 10 dollars was designated for local nonprofits.

Willie Hill, Jr., director of the Fine Arts Center and this year’s UMACC campaign chair, said, “At a time when hope seems in short supply and uncertainty paints our tomorrows, I am uplifted by the generosity of UMass faculty, staff and retirees. Their action upholds the ideal that individuals will sacrifice their own interests for the good of the community. I really believe that when we seek to improve our community, and the lives of others, we all benefit.”

An annual report of this year’s UMACC campaign, including statistics on number of participants, dollars raised and non-profits served, will be available in March.