Jacobs School Reaches Goal in Campaign for the Community

Published February 28, 2019

Thanks to contributions from faculty and staff, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences passed its fundraising milestone in the 2018 UB Employees Campaign for the Community.

“Faculty and staff in the Jacobs School are not just providing health care to Western New York, they also take their commitment to the overall health of the community seriously by putting their money where their mouth is. ”
Associate dean for support services
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Faculty, Staff Contribute More Than $200,000

The Jacobs School surpassed the $200,000 mark in reaching its goal; donations currently stand at $201,405.

“Faculty and staff in the Jacobs School are not just providing health care to Western New York, they also take their commitment to the overall health of the community seriously by putting their money where their mouth is,” said Raymond P. Dannenhoffer, PhD, associate dean for support services and Jacobs School representative to the campaign’s steering committee.

This year’s goal was an aggressive target, up more than 7 percent from the previous year.

“I thought it was impressive that we hit $200,000,” Dannenhoffer said. “That was more than a $15,000 jump from last year.”

Key Role in UB Surpassing Fundraising Goal

The Jacobs School’s contribution had a major impact on UB reaching its overall goal of $850,000.

UB ranked No. 4 in contributions among the 800 Western New York companies, schools and organizations with campaigns run by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

UB is consistently ranked as one of the five largest university giving campaigns in the nation.

“This is an impressive performance, and there aren’t that many universities that have this kind of performance when it comes to charitable giving,” said Michael Weiner, president and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and a clinical instructor
in the Department of Psychiatry.

Commitment to Give Back to the Community

If the Jacobs School — by far the largest contributor to the UB campaign — were a separate entity, its fundraising total would rank 10th in Western New York.

“The faculty and staff of the Jacobs School realize their relative good fortune and have demonstrated their commitment to give back to the community for the support we get — as well as being good citizens in the community,” Dannenhoffer said.

Campaign contributions benefit some 12,000 agencies involved with United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.