U of A United Way campaign is about to begin, campus challenges are created

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The 91st U of A United Way campaign kicks off on Monday October 3 and runs until November 4. Renewals are in progress accepted online now.

The campaign co-chairs this year are Peter MacKeith, Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design; Deacue Fields, vice president for agriculture for the U of A system; and Rick Thorpe, assistant athletic director for external engagement at Razorback Athletics.

“As co-chair of the campaign, I know the United Way takes community building seriously with a focus on improving education, financial stability and health for all,” MacKeith said. “United Way of Northwest Arkansas’ investment in our community this year totals more than $4.2 million through community investment grants and direct programs that encourage and strengthen children and families of the region.”

The co-chairs announced a campaign goal of $100,000 along with two campus challenges. For the second year, a Dean’s Challenge Award will go to the college with the highest percentage of employees who contribute, and a Department Challenge Award will go to the single department with the highest percentage of employees who donate.

“It is an honor to represent the university and support an organization that does so much to help individuals and families in need right here in our community,” Fields said.

“All U of A campaign donations go to the United Way of Northwest Arkansas,” said Christina Hinds, the organization’s vice president of business development. “And 98% of those funds directly support local programs that help children, families and individuals in the areas of education, housing, access to healthy food, childhood development and physical and mental well-being.”

“United Way supports community centers, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and educational programs. These programs build character and build community, which is why I support United Way,” said Thorpe.

Payroll deductions, recurring donations or one-time credit card donations can be made online at unitedway.uark.edu. Payroll deductions are reauthorized each year and deductions begin in January 2023. Faculty and staff can donate to a specific organization through United Way of Northwest Arkansas. Any donation of $100 or more to a 501(c)(3) organization, as defined by the IRS, and serving Northwest Arkansas will be forwarded directly to that organization.

Donation cards are distributed to campus staff who do not have regular internet access and should be returned to a campus coordinator. A full list of campus coordinators can be found at unitedway.uark.edu.

United Way of Northwest Arkansas has served the area since 1931 with the goal of harnessing the collective strength and generosity of the community to enable everyone in the area to prosper.

To learn more about United Way of NWA’s work in our community, visit unitedwaynwa.org.

About Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design: The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is home to professional design undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior architecture and design, as well as a program of liberal studies. The school also offers a Masters in Design Studies, with concentrations in Health and Wellness Design, Resilience Design, Integrated Wood Design, and Retail and Hospitality Design. . The DesignIntelligence The 2019 School Ranking Survey ranked the school among the most hired architecture, landscape architecture and interior design schools, ranking 10th, 14th and eighth respectively, as well as 28th among schools most admired architecture.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.

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