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 43 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,

Dean O’Donnell and I are delighted to have the opportunity to serve as your chair and vice chair of the 2019 UB Employees Campaign for the Community.  The University at Buffalo continues to rank among the nation’s most generous universities, based on employee giving, thanks to your generous support for the campaign. 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.

Over the years, funds raised during the campaign have been put to use improving the lives of countless people in Western New York—a testament to the spirit of volunteerism and charitable giving that infuses our university community. It is because of each of you that the UB Employees Campaign for the Community has been such a continued success. Last year, more than 2,200 employees contributed to the campaign and helped us reach our goal, raising $853,788. Your generosity and care for others is what makes the campaign one of the largest of in Western New York, and a model nationally. We are grateful 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.

Our special thanks go to Dr. Joseph J. Zambon, 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.

Please join your colleagues in supporting the 2019 UB Employees Campaign for the Community. To make your donation, please visit the United Way website.

With best regards,

Nancy J. Smyth, LCSW, PhD

Dean, School of Social Work

Chair, 2019 Employees Campaign for the Community

Dean Smyth.

James O'Donnell, PhD

Dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Scienes

Vice Chair, 2019 Employees Campaign for the Community

Dean James O'Donnell.