UT Charitable Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the UT Charitable Campaign the same as the annual United Way campaign?
Yes, it is, except you may now designate other charities to support with your pledge. The campaign enables you to choose from among nearly 220 charities represented by four federations: United Way of Greater Toledo, Community Health Charities, Community Shares Northwest Ohio and EarthShare Ohio.

Where can I find a list of charities supported by this campaign?
A complete list is available on this webpage; see the names of the four federations. When you fill out your ePledge form, you may designate the specific charity (or several charities) that you want your gift to support. There are many to choose from, so it's easy to align your passion with a purpose!

How do I give to the UT Charitable Campaign?
See your email; you will receive a weekly email that has a link to your personalized ePledge form online. Once you complete and submit your pledge form, you will no longer receive additional emails. (NOTE: Please do not forward this email to anyone else, as it contains your personal ePledge form.)

Why can't I access the ePledge form on this website?
The dollars we donate are managed confidentially by an organization outside the University (via United Way), which then distributes the money to all of the various charities. This helps to ensure our gifts remain secure. When you complete the ePledge form (accessible via a link provided in weekly emails to you) and then submit it, it electronically goes directly to that site vs. to a UT department. We appreciate you following this process so that all of our gifts are fully accounted for and none are misplaced.

Once I make a pledge, when will I actually be charged for it?
When you complete the ePledge form online, you may choose among several payment options, such as a credit card, cash or payroll deduction. If choosing payroll deduction, you can spread out your payments, which do not begin until January of next year.

What is the average gift size?
In previous years, the average gift size per person was approximately $250, which is less than $10 per month. However, you are strongly encouraged to give ANY amount, large or small – even if it's just $10. This year's theme – "Unity for Community" – captures the spirit of the campaign: Each of us is part of our community, locally and globally. While there are many issues throughout this country and abroad that perhaps we can't directly influence, by working together we can make a collective and significant impact on the community we call home.

Is there a certain amount that faculty or employees are expected to give?
No. Every UT faculty, staff and retiree is asked to pledge whatever amount they can afford to help those in need. Every single dollar helps! And, all gifts are tax-deductible.

Are there various incentives for giving at different levels?
No. Each person who pledges a gift, no matter the amount, will receive a complimentary gift from UT plus an invitation to a breakfast buffet hosted by President Sharon L. Gaber in January 2019. During the donor breakfast celebration, there will be many drawings for prizes, such as gift cards, UT memorabilia and apparel, and much more!

How do I receive my free gift for making a donation?
This year's gift will be distributed at the January 2019 breakfast buffet. If you cannot attend the donor breakfast, you may pick it up at the University. Please watch for more information.

Can UT retirees give to the UT Charitable Campaign?
Yes, we greatly appreciate their support, and our retirees have been sent a letter with instructions on how to give to this year's campaign. Their ongoing engagement with the University is truly valued, and we are extremely grateful for their contributions to this crucial community campaign!

Thanks so much for helping us to show "Unity for Community" by making your pledge today!

Last Updated: 6/30/19