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1998 Charitable Campaign Kickoff

by Will Osuna, Public Affairs
posted November 11, 1998

With a symbolic football "kickoff" at the Oct. 24 Bears-Bruins football game, Chancellor Robert Berdahl began Berkeley's 1998 Charitable Campaign.

This year's campaign offers more gift choices than ever before. And by special arrangement, 100 percent of staff and faculty gifts go to their chosen charitable causes.

The campaign pledge package mailing includes a booklet listing hundreds of charitable causes from which employees can choose. Alternatively, faculty and staff can designate gifts for:

• the Berkeley Pledge program, praised by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley as a model for K-12 educational outreach;

• the United Way Community Impact Fund, which distributes gifts to organizations working together on different aspects of serious community problems;

• the Combined Health Appeal of California, which channels to organizations working on health issues;

• the University YWCA, offering educational, cultural, and recreational programs for our students and the Berkeley community.

"The Campaign is particularly exciting this year since 100

percent of our gifts will go to the causes we choose to support," said Marily Howekamp, interim executive director for public affairs. "We need the whole campus community to get behind this campaign. If we double our participation, it will send a strong message that UC Berkeley staff and faculty are concerned with the welfare of our community."

The 1998 Charitable Campaign pledge package was delivered via campus mail during the week of Nov. 9.

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