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United Way

“Together we transform lives and strengthen communities.”

This is the inspiration of Drake University, and thereby, we are proud partners with the United Way of Central Iowa. Together, United Way and Drake University strengthens our local community by leading the fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans.

Once a year, in an effort to fund these labors, Drake University faculty and staff hold a fundraising campaign. In 2018, we wrapped up our campaign on Friday, November 16, and we raised $56,757.77 from 437 donors, representing 42% of our full-time employees. The latter is another record success! Year after year, our employee’s generosity earns Drake University the distinction of being the #1 United Way campaign among colleges and universities in central Iowa.

For those who’ve given in the past, thank you, and we ask you to please consider a 3% increase to your 2018 contribution. For those who have not given in the past, we invite you to consider contributing $5 per month. Every donation makes a difference!


2018 Campaign Information

2018 Campaign Captains

A special thank you to our 2018 Campaign Captains!



Bridget Arrasmith School of Education
Laura Bjurstrom University Advancement
Kendra Colbert School of Education
John Edwards Drake Law School
Joe Lenz  College of Arts and Sciences
Clauda Frazer Cowles Library
Sarah Grady College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Sara Heijerman Drake Public Safety
Mary Alice Hill Human Resources
Terri Howard Drake Law School
Jay Koloseus Drake Athletics
Anthony Leto Finance Office
Alicia Mann Information Technology Services
Leslie Merriman Drake Head Start
Matthew Mitchell College of Business and Public Administration
Sharyn O'Connor Student Affairs
Jenny Reitano College of Business and Public Administration
Kathleen Richardson School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Emily Schettler Harkin Institute
Amy Smit Ray Center
Katelyn Sobotka Drake Athletics
Manny Toribio Facilities
Sofia Turnbull College of Arts and Sciences
Drinda Williams Provost's Office
Ryan Arnold Campaign Chairperson

2018 Campaign Incentives

Giving at the levels below means you receive the incentives at and below that level!

Giving Level:  “If You Give”

Incentive:  “You Receive”

If Drake University Achieves the Campaign Goal

Campus closed for a whole day of Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 21st (instead of a ½ day)

$1,032 total (or $86/month)

Leadership Level

  • VIP Bucksbaum Lecture Series experience: dinner, VIP seating, and a meet and greet with our featured guest.

  • (Plus all incentives below)

$504 total (or $42/month)

  • VIP Bucksbaum Lecture Series seating

  • (Plus all incentives below)

$252 total (or $21/month)

  • Invitation to the President’s Home on Monday, November 19th from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for appetizers & beverages.

  • (Plus all incentives below)

$60 total (or $5/month)

  • Free Drake Merchandise - First come, first served, and while supplies last. Pick up at any time in Nate's Office, Old Main 211.
  • (Plus all incentives below)

One-time Donation (or any amount less than $60)

One Entry into a drawing to receive:

  • One of two free annual parking passes for 2019-2020

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100% of donations will stay within central Iowa, and these monies support 24 organizations who are key partners with Drake University, including the Ray Center, Drake Head Start, and the Boys and Girls Clubs.





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