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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 7, 2004

UI To Conduct 2004 Charitable Giving Campaign Online

The University of Iowa's 2004 Charitable Giving Campaign, in which staff and faculty are encouraged to contribute to three local charitable agencies, will be conducted using e-mail and web sites rather than using printed brochures and the Campus Mail system.

All staff and faculty at the university will receive an e-mail on Wednesday, Sept. 8, notifying them of the change in process and providing them with information and links connecting them to the agencies web sites and to the UI Human Resources self-service site where they can set up an automatic transfer from their monthly salary. In the past, the agencies provided printed materials, which were then stuffed into envelopes, addressed and sent by the university's campus mail system to some 14,000 employees.

Iowa Shares, Community Health Charities of Iowa, and United Way of Johnson County each participate in the university's fall combined campaign for charitable giving.

"We're very pleased to be able to go electronic with the campaign," says Steve Parrott, UI director for University Relations, who will send Wednesday's mass e-mail. "It saves money and resources for both the university and the agencies that can be used elsewhere, and we hope and expect the return to be better because it's so much easier to give online."

The annual campaign is governed by a policy on on-campus solicitation by non-university agencies. The policy requires UI approval of bona fide charitable agencies and restricts such solicitation to the annual combined campaign.

"We hope our faculty and staff are pleased with this change and, of course that they will generously support these local agencies that benefit us all through the efforts they support," Parrott says.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048,; Program: Steve Parrott, 319-335-0552,

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.