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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 09, 2014 5:00 AM

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We Are Phil: Philanthropy at Work

In my role as president and CEO of the University of Iowa Foundation, I have the wonderful privilege of working with donors from all around the world who give to the University of Iowa to support the important work being done here. These generous people are devoted alumni and valued friends of the university, but did you know that some of our most dedicated contributors are right here on campus?

In addition to giving their time and talents to make the UI the top-notch institution that it is, many of the people who make this university tick — our remarkable faculty and staff — go above and beyond to make Iowa the absolute best it can be by giving of their treasure as well.

Last year, my colleagues and I at the UI Foundation launched our official faculty and staff giving program, We Are Phil. Several years ago, the UI and the UI Foundation adopted Phil as our nickname to represent philanthropy here at Iowa. That means everyone who donates to the university and everyone who benefits from those gifts is Phil. We Are Phil was designed to raise awareness among faculty and staff of the importance of philanthropy on our campus, and to connect them with areas within the university that they are passionate about helping.

Many faculty and staff eagerly took part in giving last fall, and their collective philanthropy made a powerful impact: Gifts of all sizes from faculty and staff added up to more than $4.5 million in support last year — not only for the departments and colleges in which they work but also for students, researchers, patients, and all those served by the University of Iowa.

Today, We Are Phil contribution packets will begin to arrive in campus mailboxes, and next week, from Oct. 13 to 17, we look forward to the second We Are Phil week. Once again, people throughout campus will come together for the sake of philanthropy and to show their ongoing commitment to helping the university reach ever higher levels of distinction.

On behalf of the UI Foundation, I want to extend our sincerest gratitude to the volunteer leaders who have planned a slate of engaging and fun activities for the upcoming week, and to all those faculty and staff who have already responded to our call to give. And to all of the UI’s extraordinary faculty and staff—thanks for all you do for Iowa!

Lynette Marshall
president and CEO
UI Foundation


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