Time is ticking as the University of New Mexico's 2011 United Way campaign enters the final stretch. The last day to donate online at UNM United Way is Friday, Dec. 16. However, hard copy pledge forms will be accepted through the end of next week.

The campaign has produced $818,000 to date, which includes $275,000 from University Hospital, advancing UNM toward this year's $1 million goal.

"If last minute pledges come in as they have historically," said President Schmidly, "we stand a good chance of making it to $1 million. But it's not about UNM feeling good because we reached the goal, it's about this community and helping our neighbors in need."

Whether you choose to donate to a UNM department or program, or a specific agency, non-profit or church, the United Way will help get your entire donation (100 percent) where you want it to go. Nothing is deducted because Corporate Cornerstone companies pay the 12 percent administrative costs.

And did you know that your United Way contribution is tax deductible? Give yourself a tax deduction and help our community at the same time. It's a win-win.

For more information, contact Connie Beimer at (505) 277-0204; via e-mail, unmuw@unm.edu or visit: UNM United Way.