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CSU surpasses goal in Colorado Combined Campaign

January 25, 2012

Colorado Combined Campaign total donations from 2008 to 2011. This year's total (far right bar) of more than $130,000 surpasses the goal.CSU faculty and staff pledged more than $130,000 to support Colorado charities and people in need through the 2011 Colorado Combined Campaign - surpassing the campaign's $125,000 goal.

The generosity of CSU employees even carried through to the campaign’s incentive prize drawing. Mike Culbertson, associate professor at University Libraries, won the grand prize of a $100 King Soopers gift card – and promptly turned around and donated it to a CSU student in need.

“The thoughtfulness of CSU employees is really inspiring,” said campus Campaign co-chair Cara Neth. “Our faculty and staff across the state contribute to charities and their communities in countless ways throughout the year. The Colorado Combined Campaign is just one great indicator of that commitment, and we’re pleased people are taking advantage of the options it provides for convenient giving.”

The Colorado Combined Campaign is the only opportunity CSU employees have each year to contribute to their favorite charities via payroll deduction.

Incentive prizes

The official CSU campaign, which launched in November, was extended through the end of 2011, and pledges will take effect with the January pay cycle. Incentive prize drawings to encourage Campaign participation were donated by the Lory Student Center, CSU Bookstore, James Salon, Aspen Grille, University Club, Housing and Dining Services, CSU Athletics, University Parking Services, Office of the Vice President for External Relations, and the statewide CCC office.

CSU participates in the CCC so employees have the option of contributing via payroll deduction, which is convenient and easy for a lot of people, Neth said. “Giving to a charity is a personal choice, just like choosing your benefits options. We just provide this service as a way to make it easier for those who do choose to give.”

More gifts given from more donors

Both total gifts and number of donors were up over the previous year, when the Campaign brought in $105,448. Still, only 5 percent (332) of all university employees made gifts through the Campaign.

“For years, CSU employees led the state in their charitable giving through CCC, but we saw a dip in contributions over the past few years because of the economy,” Neth said. “So it’s encouraging to see gifts trending up again this fall.”

This year’s CSU campaign was coordinated by the Office of the President, with Neth co-chairing along with Katie Woodcox and Nik Olsen, taking over from CSU staff members Linda Wardlow and Patsy Harlan who successfully led the Campaign for several years. The Campaign also received significant support from Joanne Mazzacano Robel, Sara Lopez and Nilia Walter from the University’s payroll department.

Winners in the final CCC incentive prize drawing

$100 King Soopers gift card
  • Michael Culbertson
CSU parking pass
  • Jean Jenes
CAM the Ram bobble head autographed by coach Tim Miles (2011 Honorary CCC Campaign chair)
  • Jordan Fritts
  • Barbara Musslewhite
  • Kurt Fausch
  • Mary Stromberger
  • Susan Vandewoude
RAM Cash Express
  • Gayle Roslund
  • Nancy Miller
  • Emily & Eric Wilmsen
  • Patricia Stutz-Tanenbaum
Lunch for two at the Aspen Grille
  • Dan Bush
Gift card to James Campus Salon
  • Heather Bean
Month membership to the University Club
  • Kenneth Reardon
$50 gift card to CSU Bookstore
  • Kerry Brookman
10 meals at any CSU dining hall
  • Mike Brake
CAM stuffed animal
  • Xinfeng Gao
CSU Bookstore bag
  • Lois Illick
CSU fleece blanket
  • Laura Thomas
  • Diana Hassel
Canvas bags
  • Dawn Sharkey
  • Kathy Gargan
Lunch bags
  • Sallie Sprague
  • Steven Reising