Employees Break Giving Record in 2017 Charitable Campaign

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Georgia Tech’s 2016-17 Charitable Campaign raised $393,460.96, breaking the Institute’s record (previously set in 2014) by almost $28,000.  

A total of 1,279 people donated to the Campaign, which supports more than 1,300 worthy causes including support for cancer research, aid to families in need, and food for animals housed in shelters.  

The effort surpassed the overall Campaign goal of $375,000. 

Campaign Chair Leanne West in the Pediatric Technology Center attributes the success to several factors, including a final push during the last two weeks of the Campaign and the belief that no contribution is too small. 

“We really stressed the benefit to these charities – even if people only gave $1 a month or maybe a one-time $5 donation,” she said. “Every dollar really helps.” 

West is thankful to the Tech community.     

“I am grateful that people could find a charity that spoke to them, and then they were so generous,” she said. “Every little bit helps, and I am so appreciative that people really took that to heart.” 

For nine consecutive years Georgia Tech has received the Governor’s Cup for having the highest contribution per employee of the state institutions in its division. The Governor’s Cup recipient for this year has not been determined. 

West was part of the Campaign leadership team that included: Christopher Burke from the Office of Government and Community Relations as co-chair for operations, Bill Todd from the Scheller College of Business as co-chair for ambassadors, and Sheri Russell from the Pediatric Technology Center as program and operations support. 

“I am so appreciative to the whole Charitable Campaign team,” West said. “Each of the team members plays a critical role to make this happen each year. I definitely could not have done it without them.” 

Members of the Campaign Support Team are: Lynn Durham, Office of the President; Dan Taylor, Division of Student Life; Greg Pridgen, Information Technology Group – Campus Services; Amelia Pavlik, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development; Jewel Coleman, Office of Information Technology; Bill Georgia, Printing and Copying Services; and Tammy Benjamin, Office of the Provost. 

Learn more about the Charitable Campaign and Tech’s efforts at


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