Act of Giving Makes All the Difference
So far this year, more than 500 employees have given to Georgia Tech’s Charitable Campaign, but the window is soon closing on this opportunity to give as a campus community.
This year’s participants have donated or pledged more than $168,000. The Institute goal, though, is for 1,500 employees to participate and to raise $375,000. Employees have until Tuesday, Nov. 15, to make a contribution or pledge.
Leanne West, chair of this year’s campaign, encourages employees to focus more on the act of giving than the amount.
“Even $1 can provide four meals to people through the Atlanta Community Food Bank, or purchase two books for First Book to give to a child who does not have access to any,” she said. “You might not think it’s much, but that meal or book can mean everything to the person who receives it. You will make a difference.”
Employees can choose from more than 1,000 local and national charities to direct their contribution to a cause that is meaningful and personal to them.
“When Georgia Tech, Atlanta, and the state work together, we all reinforce each other,” said Bill Todd, professor of the practice in the Scheller College of Business, who provided an update on the campaign at the Oct. 18 Faculty Senate meeting. “When we reinforce each other, we’re all better for it.”
Donating through TechWorks is preferred, as it is confidential and secure, and provides options for payroll deduction, credit/debit card, and WebCheck.
About the Campaign
The annual campaign collects donations for nonprofits and charitable organizations that serve communities all over the state and beyond. All state entities, including University System of Georgia (USG) schools, participate in the annual fundraiser.
Last year, more than 1,100 Tech employees pledged more than $351,000 to 390 charitable organizations. For the past nine years, Georgia Tech has been the recipient of the Governor’s Cup, which is awarded annually to the state institution with the highest average contribution per employee. Tech has won the Cup a total of 14 times.
Donations are accepted via payroll deduction on an ongoing basis, or as a one-time donation. For those who choose to give through payroll deduction, the contributions will begin in January 2017. Employees can give to a general fund or choose specific organizations to which they would like to direct their donations.