The University of New Mexico 2013 United Way fundraising campaign begins Monday, Nov. 4 and runs through Friday, Dec. 13. The goal is to reach last year’s amount of $1 million, with a greater push for overall increase in campus involvement.

President Robert Frank said, “In addition to the contributions that many across campus continue to provide to the United Way, we are looking to individuals and areas that have either not contributed or might contribute at higher levels.”

United Way donations can be earmarked for specific agencies, many of which exist on campus. There are over 2,000 individual UNM funds where donors can designate their contributions. Following are but a few:

Agora-UNM Crisis Center                             
Center for Disability & Development
Children's Psychiatric Center
David J. Northrop Memorial Internship Fund
Emergency Eye Care Program
Extended Learning                            
Graduate Scholarship Fund
Need-Based Scholarship Fund
Presidential Scholarship Program
University Hospitals/UNMH
UNM Scholarship Fund
UNM Unmet Student Financial Need Fund

For a more comprehensive list, visit UNM Designations. If you have questions regarding a possible fund designation, contact Margaret Ortega at 277-0689.

Donors may also direct their contribution to the United Way Community or any 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The Community Fund supports dozens of local organizations throughout Central New Mexico working with at-risk children, the elderly, victims of family violence and other neighbors in need.

And thanks to the Corporate Cornerstones Programs, which underwrites administrative costs, 100 percent of the money donated goes to the designated organizations.

Pledge options include a monthly payroll deduction, a one-time annual gift via check or credit card or pledging online. If you're currently giving through a monthly payroll deduction, your contribution will automatically rollover. If you'd like to increase your contribution, change your designation or make adjustments, visit GIVE NOW.

Students have a chance to contribute as well. Paper Paws are on sale for $1 in the UNM Student Union Building, Starbuck’s and the Student Resource Center Commons area. 

Students can use cash or LOBOcash on their UNM IDs to donate at all of the Chartwell venues in the SUB through the month of November.  All of the money collected will go to United Way’s Community Fund which supports various organizations in Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

“We ask you to consider making a contribution,” Frank said. “Whether it is through a $5 monthly payroll deduction, or something larger, your gift makes a difference.”

This year’s honorary chairs are Doug Brown, Dean, Anderson School of Management; Steve McKernan, CEO, Health Sciences; Valerie Romero Leggott, Associate Dean: School of Medicine, and Paul Krebs, Vice-president, athletics.

For more information contact Campaign Coordinator, Connie Beimer at (505) 277-0204 or e-mail