BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has launched its 2013
UB Employees Campaign for the Community, with a goal of raising
$850,000 for charitable organizations in the community.
UB’s campaign is the most successful one of its kind in
New York State and one of the top campaigns by a public university
in the country.
Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, serves as
campaign chair and is leading the university in the 37th year of
the annual employee fundraising initiative.
“This annual campaign provides a unique opportunity for
each of us to make an impact on the lives of many in our
community,” Booth said. “Our personal contributions
reflect the commitment we have to those who live and work in
Western New York. We are very fortunate to live in a community
where people truly care about their neighbors.”
Begun in 1976 as the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA),
the campaign provides the means for all UB employees to make
contributions to qualified, nonprofit, charitable organizations
rendering services to health, welfare and recreational programs
throughout the region, state and world. The campaign theme is
“Our Generosity Reaches Others.” Over the past 10
years, UB employees have donated more than $8.7 million through the
campaign to help people in need.
“UB employees are consistent in their outpouring of
generosity and I am grateful to work at a university that cares for
its community in such a meaningful way,” Booth said.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi noted that more than 65 percent
of money raised by UB employees is designated for use in the
Buffalo-Niagara region. “This represents a truly significant
engagement with our community,” he said. “This campaign
sets the example of achievement that public universities should
All employees are encouraged to participate in the campaign:
Even a small donation can have a large impact in the community. A
gift of $2 a week can provide one child with 52 days of
high-quality, after-school programming; a gift of $5 a week can
provide financial education to five low-income