Do your bit for the United Way

November 02, 2006, volume 37, no. 5
By Stuart Colcleugh

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You would think a well-educated relatively well-off bunch like the faculty and staff at SFU would have one of the highest United Way donation rates in the Lower Mainland.

But you would be wrong, says Paulette Johnston, co-chair of SFU's 2006 United Way campaign, which features a full month of fundraising and related activities beginning Nov. 1.

"The people who do donate are great," says Johnston. "But our donation rate is much, much lower than UBC or BCIT or even Capilano College."

Johnston says the monetary goal for 2006 is $200,000, a significant increase from last year when the campus campaign raised about $137,000.

"But what we really want to do is raise the donation rate. We had about 300 donors last year, which is very low, so this year we want to get about 500 or more."

That's a modest target, she says, considering the university had 461 donors 10 years ago with only one campus and far less staffers and faculty.


To achieve this year's goals, campaign volunteers have
organized a number of United Way activities including:

Nov. 2 Book sale at SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Nov. 7-8 Book/CD/DVD sale at SFU Burnaby

Nov. 8 Book sale only continues at SFU Burnaby

Nov. 15 The annual bake sale — bigger than ever with a bounty of baked goods — in the SFU Burnaby south concourse, near the art gallery. 9:00 am - 12 noon
(or until sold-out)

Mid-November Watch for news of a wine and beer tasting at SFU Surrey

Nov. 20-23 The annual silent auction, both online and at SFU Burnaby, education building EDB 8500 (Centre for Educational Technology). 8:15 am - 7:00 pm

Nov. 29 Asian Market at SFU Surrey in the grand hall. Crafts, small business products, baked goods and more for sale.

The SFU Cookbook, at a campus bookstore near you. Half the proceeds from the $12 cookbook will go to the United Way, and half to the student bursary fund.

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