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Annual charitable giving campaign opens

STANFORD -- The 1995 Stanford Charitable Giving Campaign officially has begun with a letter from President Casper asking all university, Stanford Health Services and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center employees to participate.

Faculty and staff are asked to help support a number of local community service organizations that are concerned with the arts, social services, health care and the environment.

Last year, donors pledged $196,139, a 10 percent increase over 1993. This year's goal is to increase both the number of givers and the dollars raised.

"This campaign is a wonderful opportunity for Stanford employees to reach beyond the campus borders and make a difference in all of our communities," said Barbara Butterfield, campaign chairwoman and vice president for faculty and staff services.

"This year, our biggest campaign goal is to increase participation," said Butterfield, who chairs the campaign for the second straight year. "The gift of giving is what is most important -- not the size of the donation. Just giving a few dollars each paycheck truly has a significant and lasting impact."

Donations can be made by check or through payroll deductions. Butterfield said she encourages the latter method, where a predetermined amount is withheld each month.

The groups participating this year are the Arts Council of Santa Clara County, Bay Area Black United Fund, Combined Health Appeal of California, Earth Share of California and the United Way of Santa Clara County.

  • The Arts Council of Santa Clara County is a privately funded, non-profit organization that supports 75 diverse visual and performing arts groups. Established in 1983, the Arts Council is now the second largest private arts council in California.
  • The Bay Area Black United Fund aids Bay Area black communities by helping them to become self-sufficient. The fund serves as a vehicle for community growth and development.
  • The Combined Health Appeal of California is a coalition of 31 voluntary health agencies, including the American Diabetes Association, the National Kidney Foundation, the Easter Seal Society and Planned Parenthood, among others.
  • Earth Share of California supports 84 groups working to create a cleaner and more healthful environment. It was founded in 1982 by 12 environmental groups.
  • The United Way of Santa Clara County supports more than 300 health and human care programs for citizens of Santa Clara County. Last year, one in three county residents used their services.

The 1994 Charitable Giving Campaign will run through Monday, Oct. 30. For more information, call campaign coordinator Sally Pinkner in the Office of Government and Community Relations at 725-3330.



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