Campaign Progress & History

Progress to Date

As of 2/9/24, the Campaign has raised $589,846. 

Campaign History

Started in 1976 as the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA), the UB Employees Campaign for the Community provides the means for all employees and retirees of the university to make a meaningful contribution to charitable organizations worldwide in a safe and easy way.

Campaign Facts

  • UB’s is the largest university campaign in NYS, raising more than $700,000 almost annually.
  • UB’s SEFA Campaign began in 1976.
  • Since the campaign started at UB, employees have donated more than $20 million to charitable organizations.
  • In the last ten years UB has raised more than $7 million.
  • Each year, about 160 liaisons volunteer to work on the campaign.
  • Employees can designate their gifts to more than 2,100 community organizations around the world.
  • In 2010 the Campaign went online, saving 120,000 pieces of paper in the process and $4,000 in printing costs.

Past Campaign Chairs & Totals Raised

2022 Chair Ann Bistanz, Dean of Undergraduate Education

Total $590.876

2021 Chair Felisha Legette-Jack, Head Coach, UB Women’s Basketball Team

Total $699,124

2020 Chair James O'Donnell, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Total $715,496

2019 Chair Nancy Smyth, Dean of the School of Social Work 

Total $759,248

2018 Chair Joseph Zambon, Dean of the School of Dental Medicine 

Total $853,788

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

Total $858,699

2016 Chair Robert Genco, Director, UB Microbiome Center

Total $864,006

2015 Chair Marsha L. Lewis, Dean of the School of Nursing
Total $894,748 

2014 Chair Sean P. Sullivan, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Budget
Total $891,002

2013 Chair H. Austin Booth, Vice Provost for University Libraries
Total $858,000

2012 Chair A. Scott Weber, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Total $850,919