Campaign for the Community

Message from the Chair

Photo of 2018 Campaign Chair, Graham Hammill.

Dear UB Colleagues, 

I am humbled and honored to be the Chair for UB’s 2017 Employees Campaign for the Community. For several decades, UB has taken its place among the nation’s most generous universities, based on employee giving. Your gifts and contributions have positively influenced countless lives in the Western New York Region, reflecting the spirit of

volunteerism and charitable giving that infuses our university community. My special thanks go to Bob Genco, chair of last year’s campaign, for his hard work and diligence in supporting the UB community’s efforts to make a significant impact on the lives of those in need. I hope to do the same this year. 

This past summer, Rema Hanash, Director of Resource Development at United Way, organized visits for me to several of the agencies that our campaign supports. I was able to see firsthand the commitment and dedication of professionals working with the populations they serve and to hear directly the stories of individuals and families whose lives are changed for the better because of their efforts. My wish is that each of you could experience the goodness and kindness in these settings. To that end, I hope to share stories of different agencies with you over the course of our campaign through videos and presentations. 

It is because of each of you that the UB Employees Campaign for the Community has been such a success. Last year, more than 2,200 employees contributed to the UB Campaign. Your generosity and care for others is what makes our Employees Campaign the largest of its kind in Western New York, and a model nationally. Most importantly, thank you for your support as we make a difference in the lives of those most in need. There are so many ways you give—through your time, your expertise and your participation in charitable organizations. This year, through our combined gifts, we have the opportunity once more to support the community of which we are a part, and to demonstrate how deeply we value that community. 

Please join your colleagues in supporting the 2017 UB Employees Campaign. To make your donation, please visit www.buffalo.edu/community/about-us/progams/SEFA/donate.html

Graham Hammill
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate School
Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education
Chair, 2017 Employees Campaign for the Community

About the Campaign

The UB Employees Campaign for the Community started in 1976 as part of the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA). For over 35 years, the campaign has given all university employees and retirees a way to make a meaningful contribution to charitable organizations worldwide.

Our campaign consistently ranks among the most successful of its kind among the nation’s colleges and universities. UB donors can choose to contribute to any of more than 2,800 health, human service, educational, environmental and cultural organizations. Historically, over 80 percent of the money raised through the campaign has been designed for agencies in the Buffalo-Niagara region. These donations help tens of thousands of our fellow community members by providing services that align closely with UB’s priorities for community engagement in the areas of health and wellness, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and pre-K-16 education.