More than 600 university employees donated $440,334 to 411 local, national and global nonprofit organizations through the UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC). The campaign enables faculty and staff to donate to any registered nonprofit of their choice.
“Once again, I am proud our campus community has contributed so generously to the greater good,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “Our faculty and staff, including retirees, supported causes of their choice that make a real difference in so many people’s lives.”
Over $260,000 of the donations were pledged to western Massachusetts nonprofits. The 10 nonprofits that received the most money are the Amherst Survival Center, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Doctors Without Borders, United Way of Hampshire County, Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Planned Parenthood Association of America, United Way of Pioneer Valley, American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“We are so grateful for all who participated and the community support we received,” said Jen Gallant, campaign manager. “Witnessing the level of thought and care that UMass donors put into deciding who their donations will go to is truly inspirational.”
Willie Hill, the campaign chair for the last four years, retired on Feb. 4. Under his tenure the campaign raised over $1.7 million. A new chair will be announced before next year’s campaign kickoff in September 2019.