At a campaign wrap-up event, the University of South Alabama announced the total of their 2016 United Way campaign of $259,263. A total of 2,618 employees and retirees made gifts, an increase of 144 donors over last year’s campaign.
A total of 128 Leadership Level Donors, who each donated $500 or more, made South the local leader in that donor category. At least 49 members of the Women United of Southwest Alabama donated $1,000 or more annually to United Way.
USA President Tony Waldrop praised the efforts of campaign leaders and unit volunteers, saying “USA’s involvement in the United Way Campaign is a key component of one of the University’s five strategic priorities – university-community engagement – and gives our employees and retirees an opportunity to help make our community a better place to live and work.”
The campaign also showed a significant 15 percent increase among University retirees, who have been part of the annual campaign for nine years. A total of 47 retirees raised $12,611, including five Leadership Level donors and three Women United members.
Since 1998, USA employees have donated more than $4.5 million to United Way. Many health and human service programs have been funded with this money and countless lives have been changed because South employees gave from their hearts.
To close the program, members of the Volunteers of America Community Enrichment Choir entertained guests: