The University of New Mexico's 2011 United Way campaign raised over $1 million. Pledges and gifts made near the end of the campaign pushed the final fundraising achievement to $1,062,000.

UNM President David Schmidly said, "Even in the midst of personally challenging times, the UNM community continues to make a meaningful mark on those less fortunate. Our theme this year was ‘Change the Story,' and our hope is that the money raised will help change the lives of thousands of our friends and neighbors in need."

Nearly 2,000 donors helped UNM reach and surpass its goal, which ran from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Included among that number were 34 members of United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society contributing at $10,000 or more per household, and 168 members of Women in Philanthropy contributing at $1,000 or more per household.

Despite a tough economy, the UNM community really stepped up. Main campus employees contributed more than $640,000; UNMH more than $300,000; and Valencia Campus, Medical Group, Foundation and retirees brought in much of the rest.

The University's campaign is one of the top five in Central New Mexico and demonstrates UNM's support for friends, family, community and causes of support around the world. One of the many benefits of your donation exists right here at UNM. Donors can designate their gift to any number of UNM departments or programs. United Way opens the door to many educational possibilities through donor support of scholarships and undergraduate education.

Donors also were able to choose to direct their contribution to the United Way Community Fund or any 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization of choice which helps support thousands of organizations throughout the country working with at-risk children, the elderly, victims of family violence and other organizations in need.