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.

Message from the Chair and Vice-Chair

Dear UB Colleagues,

We are humbled and honored to be the Chair and Vice Chair of UB’s 2018 Employees Campaign for the Community. UB is among the nation’s most generous universities, based on employee giving. Your generous support for the Campaign for the Community has improved the lives of countless people in Western New York, reflecting the spirit of volunteerism and charitable giving that infuses our university community. Our special thanks go to Graham Hammill, chair of last year’s campaign, for his hard work and diligence in leading the UB community’s efforts to improve the lives of those supported by the Campaign. We hope to do the same this year.

This past summer, Rema Hanash, Director of Resource Development at the United Way, organized visits for the Chair to several of the agencies that our campaign supports in order to provide a firsthand view of 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. Our wish is that each of you could experience the goodness and kindness in these settings. To that end, we will 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 2018 UB Employees Campaign. To make your donation, please visit the United Way website.

With best regards,

Joseph J. Zambon, DDS, PhD

Dean, School of Dental Medicine

Chair, 2018 Employees Campaign for the Community

Dean Zambon

Nancy J. Smyth, LCSW, PhD

Dean, School of Social Work

Vice Chair, 2018 Employees Campaign for the Community

Dean Smyth