2017 United Way Campaign

The Continuous Improvement Plan for Drake University calls upon all of us to ‘strengthen our strategic engagement with community partners’.  As part of this commitment, Drake is proud to partner with United Way of Central Iowa. 100% of the funds donated stay in central Iowa with over 6,000 people served last year in the 50311 zip code. United Way financially supports 33 organizations that are key partners for Drake University.

Together, we build a stronger community by working toward bold goals in education, income and health.  For those that have contributed in the past, please consider contributing again.  For those that have not given in the past, please consider contributing $5/month.

We have worked hard to make this years’ incentives the best yet, including the opportunity to have the full day off on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Also, new this year is that each giving level has generous incentives.  For more information, see the incentives page

2017 Campaign Goals:  
$55,000 total giving or 200+ Participants

Kick-Off Event:
Monday November 6th - 3:30pm in Shivers

  • Employee social and information sharing
  • Free beverages and snacks!
  • Guest Speakers: Toby O’Berry from IHYC and representatives from United Way

Iowa Shares:  You can also choose to donate to Iowa Shares.  Click here for more information and for the donation link.

Please join us this year in fulfilling our University commitment to strengthen our engagement with community partners. If you have any questions, please contact Nate Reagen, at nate.reagen@drake.edu or ext. 2949.

About our Campaign Partners

United Way of Central Iowa: United Way focuses on bold goals for the community in education, income, and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life. When we contribute to United Way, we build a thriving community, with healthy, productive individuals and families. For more information, see the United Way of Central Iowa page.

Iowa Shares: The mission of Iowa Shares is to address the root causes of problems; help member organizations build better communities in Iowa; and promote a positive, progressive message that is empowering and inclusive of all people. Iowa Shares members give direct services and create long-lasting resources for our children and communities. See more information on the Iowa Shares page.

Why Give?

Drake’s commitment to the community is in alignment with our inspiration statement and our Continuous Improvement Plan. United Way financially supports 33 organizations that are key partners for Drake University.  Without support for these organizations, students would lose valuable service-learning and community engagement opportunities and families in need are put at greater risk.  Other reasons to support United Way of Central Iowa are:

  • 100% of the funds donated stays in central Iowa (Polk, Dallas and Warren counties).   This includes marketing and administration costs!
  • Over 6,000 people were served last year in the 50311 zip code from United Way
  • United Way funds programs that support education, financial self-sufficiency and community health
  • For more information, please see the Drake and United Way Presentation
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