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'If not me, then who? If not now, then when?'

By Trish Olson, Interim Associate Dean

The Community Fund Drive has been extended to November 7. This effort is the University of Minnesota's annual charitable giving campaign that provides an easy way for employees to donate to nonprofits that enrich the community. The Community Fund Drive was started by President James Morrill during the Great Depression in 1931. Since 1995, the Community Fund Drive has raised $17.8 million. In 2013, 36 percent of employees on the Twin Cities campus donated more than $1.3 million to the community.

Faculty and staff can donate online or via a paper form, and make either a one-time gift or have their donation taken out of their paycheck each pay period. Gifts can be made to a federation, an agency/agencies within a federation, an external charity, or a combination of all of three.

I selected two organizations to support. I chose Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). I know this agency provided great support to Kim Coffee's family, a colleague we lost to suicide.

The 2012 SAVE Run. My daughter Aubrey, I, Ross, Ali, and Weiyang participated with Kim's family.
The other agency I am supporting is Prepare + Prosper. This agency provides free tax service for thousands of low-income families. With the money saved from not paying for expensive tax preparation, families are able to pay bills, buy groceries, or start saving for their goals. This agency was not on the designated list, but I could add it as an agency I wanted to support.

Various people are credited with saying the words that title this blog post - "If not me, then who? If not now, then when?" Whoever said those words, they fit the moment: I encourage you to give to the Community Fund Drive today.
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