Campus Giving Campaign

Drake University is proud of its role and the results that have been achieved through United Way of Central Iowa and Iowa Shares. Drake partners with over 35 different organizations who benefit from the support of United Way and Iowa Shares funding including our own Drake Adult Literacy Center.  In the past, Drake University Legal Clinic and Adult Literacy Center have received funding from United Way to support our community outreach and student learning opportunities. Together, we are impacting the lives of Central Iowans and living our mission by providing an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

Make a gift to United Way             
Make a gift to Iowa Shares

2015 Goals

  • United Way Giving: $45,000 + Iowa Shares Giving: $7,000= $52,000 total giving
  • 100 new participants (315 total donors: 31.25% of total full-time employee + retirees)
  • Leadership giving ($1000+): 14 people total

Incentives —

  • Increased pledges, by minimum of $24
    • Automatically entered in a drawing for a FREE 2016-2017 Parking Pass.
      Automatically entered in a drawing for one FLEX pack (4 tickets) to a Drake Women’s Basketball game.
  • First 100 donors (minimum $24 pledge):
    • Receive a voucher, good for two tickets, to any December or January Drake Men’s or Women’s Basketball game.
  • All Donors:
    • Automatically entered into a drawing for gift cards from local businesses (Gazali's, Fernando's, Mars, Jimmy Johns, Jethros, Drake Diner, etc), a Drake Community Events Pass, $10 in Bulldog Bucks, or a coupon for a Jeans Day.

Please join us this year and make your United Way and/or Iowa Shares contribution count. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Sedlacek, Interim Director of Community Engagement & Service-Learning at or ext. 2454.

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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. See detailed information in the 2015 Community Impact Report.

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 detailed information about this year's members in the 2015 Iowa Shares brochure.

Why Give?

Drake’s commitment to the community runs deep and is a vital part of the Strategic Plan 2013–2017. Forty percent of the organizations funded through the campaigns strategically partner with Drake; without support for these organizations students would lose valuable service-learning and community engagement opportunities and children and their families are put at greater risk for not meeting their basic needs.

Here are just a few ways Drake is strengthening engagement in Greater Des Moines and beyond:

  • Drake collaborates with more than 80 nonprofits each academic year.
  • 80% of Drake students engage in community service and service-learning by the time they graduate.
  • 70% of Faculty and Staff volunteer 1-5 hours a week in the community.
  • Last year, Drake students, faculty, and staff contributed more than $1.5 million (calculated using’s value of a volunteer hour, $21.75 for Iowa) worth of service (locally, nationally, and globally)
  • Drake hosts eight outreach programs & organizations on campus, including: Character Counts, Adult Literacy Center, I Have A Dream Foundation, and "Sprout": The Des Moines Urban Youth Learning Garden and Greater Des Moines Buy Fresh Buy Local