"Investing in Community and Building Our Shared Future"

United Way Vanguard Leadership Reception
First Floor Lobby, Musical Arts Center
IU Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana
February 18, 2008


Thank you for that introduction, Kirk.

Laurie and I are delighted to be here this evening to celebrate the remarkable generosity of this great community. As I have said on many occasions, our goal as a university is to pursue our two fundamental missions of excellence in education and research. The United Way campaign takes that excellence to another level, extending the best values of this institution across Monroe County.

On behalf of the university, I would like to thank you all for your generous investment in our community.

I would also like to offer a special word of thanks to all of our campus campaign team captains who help communicate the United Way message to their colleagues and students. Another word of thanks to this year’s IU campaign manager, Kirk White, Director of IU’s Community Relations, and to campaign co-chairs, Gwyn Richards, Dean of the Jacobs School of Music, and Heidi Gealt, Director of the IU Art Museum.

This is Gwyn’s second year co-chairing our campus campaign. We have a special gift to recognize his United Way leadership: a framed piece of art work, handmade by a client at our Stonebelt Center.

Would you please join me in thanking them for their efforts?

Brief History of IU’s United Way Campaign

Our campus campaign dates back to the 1950s and is the single philanthropic effort endorsed by the IU Bloomington campus.

As many of you know, in the late ‘80s, the campaign reached a turning point when Ellen Ehrlich made it her top priority. Her tremendous and legendary energy helped propel the campaign to a new level, allowing the university to give back even more to our surrounding community. This energy also helped establish recognition for everyone here this evening: Vanguard Leadership Givers.

Just last year contributions from IU faculty, staff, and students provided nearly half of the total funds raised during the 2006-07 campaign. This, along with the generous gifts of community members, has made a difference in thousands of Hoosier lives. Your remarkable generosity has supported crisis lines, homeless shelters, youth mentoring and after school programs, food pantries, services to persons with disabilities, and much more.

Over 4,000 elderly residents remained independent; more than 4,500 young people participated in organized activities; and over 274,000 meals were provided to local residents: all thanks to the efforts of Monroe County United Way agencies.

Conclusion: This Year’s Campaign

This year, the IU campaign is currently at 97% of our $670,000 goal. In fact, I am pleased to note that nearly 60 IU departments have exceeded their anticipated goals for this campaign. The IU Annuitants have pledged more than they ever have in the past—$91,000! I understand that Barry Lessow likes to say that “they retired all previous giving records.” I have no doubt that this kind of generosity will help us climb that last 3% to reach this year’s goal.

This is an investment that grows out of the integrity, determination, honesty, and hard work that define Hoosier values.

It is an investment in the strength of our community.

It is an investment in our shared future.

Thank you very much for all that you have given and continue to give to this great community.

It is now my pleasure to introduce Jim Grandorf, Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting in the Kelley School and chair of the community Vanguard Campaign.