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2012 CCC kicks into gear; Temple Grandin CSU's honorary chair

November 29, 2012

Temple Grandin asks a simple question when deciding where she will make a charitable donation: Is it going to do something real?

“People want to know that their money is going to something real,” Grandin said.

Grandin, a professor of Animal Science at CSU, is the honorary chair of CSU's Colorado Combined Campaign drive this year. The Colorado Combined Campaign is the one opportunity for CSU faculty and staff each year to support their favorite community charities — including United Way — via payroll deduction.

Help CSU reach its goal

This year's campaign runs through the months of November and December, with a goal of raising $135,000 to help worthy non-profit organizations and people in need across Colorado.

This is the only charitable payroll deduction authorized by the state of Colorado, and it is designed to help state employees easily contribute to the charities of their choice. CSU has been donating to the Colorado Combined Campaign since 2000 and has consistently been a statewide leader in contributing to agencies that benefit Colorado.

Grandin said she is a strong support of charities that help young people learn new skills. “We’ve got to get to kids when they are young and give them technical skills,” she said.

Many ways to donate

CSU employees can choose to donate by check, cash, or credit card — but the easiest way is by automatic payroll deduction. With a payroll deduction, the first monthly contribution will begin Jan. 1, 2013. The decision to give through the Colorado Combined Campaign is personal and up to the employee.

Someone must first need to register (even if they gave online last year, they have to register again — to protect donors' personal information, the Campaign requires a new registration for each donor every year).

Then an employee can either search the list of available charities from the more than 700 agencies participating in the Campaign — or browse through the 2012 Campaign Resource Guide sent to each department to see what your options are. From there, the easy-to-follow online giving form will walk you through all necessary steps to make your gift. (A hard copy of the Campaign Resource Guide has been sent to each department office at CSU.)

Paper pledge forms were bundled and sent to each department office. If you did not receive a paper pledge form, please contact Katie Woodcox in the Office of the President at 491-6211.

Opportunity to win prizes

In thanks to those who give back to our community, CSU faculty and staff who contribute to the Colorado Combined Campaign will have an opportunity to win some great incentive prizes. Prize drawings will be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 28 -- and everyone who has made a pledge by the time of the drawing will be eligible to win.

For more on CSU's 2012 CCC drive, visit