34 good reasons for giving

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A woman with long black hair and wearing a purple long-sleeved shirt smiles for the camera.

By Linda Scales

How many reasons do employees have for donating to the Employee Giving program? There are at least 34 good reasons – the number of University of Ottawa staff members who are publicly supporting the 2016 campaign and featured on posters around campus. Be sure to read their stories in VirtuO.

All funds raised through the Employee Giving program go toward scholarships and activities chosen by the donor, all of which focus on improving the student experience.

Participation has increased from 16 to 31% since the grassroots program began five years ago. Employees can significantly influence the lives of students by helping to fund scholarships, conference participation and international exchanges.

More than 100 staff volunteers from across the University’s academic and administrative sectors will reach out to employees during the eight-week campaign, from February 24 to April 15. Please visit VirtuO to learn more.

This year’s “I give…” theme was chosen to highlight the motivations behind individual donations. Read three of the 34 reasons why University of Ottawa employees give:

I give to facilitate the university experience of students,” says Faculty of Science professor François Chapleau, who is supporting the Chapleau Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences.

I give so the person I support can have the chance to pay it forward,” says Daniela Gutierrez de Pineres of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, who is supporting the graduate school’s Imagination Scholarship.

I give because it’s the right thing to do,” says Risk and Insurance associate director John Lammey of the Office of Risk Management, who supports the Risk Management Bursary.

The Employee Giving program is part of the University of Ottawa’s donation campaign, Defy the Conventional, which has a goal of raising $400M.

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