Jacqueline R. Menendez
Vice President, University Communications
United Way TeamUM 2016 Campaign Chair

Dear Colleagues,


For nearly 40 years, the University of Miami has supported the United Way—a tangible demonstration of our commitment to our community and mission to strengthen local quality of life. Team UM's 2016 United Way Campaign kicks off today, and I am honored to chair this year’s campaign.


I will be joined by Alexandra Jorgensen, Associate Vice President for Human Resources at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, who will lead their component of the United Way Campaign. Working together and with your generous support, we will make our 2016 campaign a success.


Last year TeamUM raised a record $1.2 million for the United Way of Miami-Dade, with participation from more than 3,700 faculty and staff throughout the University. On behalf of the UM family, I would extend my deepest thanks to Larry Marbert, vice president of real estate and facilities, for his outstanding leadership chairing the campaign the last two years.


Our campaign goals for this year include:

  • Continue to serve as a community leader, and again raise more than $1 million in contributions
  • Increase overall faculty and staff participation
  • Increase undesignated giving
    • NOTE: Undesignated contributions help the United Way respond quickly to emergencies and provide support to a variety of agencies with the greatest need. Each unrestricted dollar you contribute to the United Way is matched by federal and state grant programs, turning your dollar into $2.30.

The University of Miami’s 2016 United Way Campaign runs through December 31. We will update our progress regularly in e-Veritas, and on the TeamUM United Way website.


Simply log on to Workday, click on the “GIVE” icon on the homepage, then follow the instructions to make your donation. United Way will distribute your donation according to your wishes. You can assign your United Way contribution in three ways:

  • Unrestricted to United Way – directing it to education, health, or financial stability
  • Designating it to a University of Miami fund
  • Designating it to a specific not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization

Please make your gift today on Workday as a recurrent payroll deduction from your salary or as a one-time gift through payroll deduction, check, or credit card.

If you have any questions concerning your United Way gift, please contact your department’s ambassador. You may also contact me via email at unitedway@miami.edu, or contact your campus co-chair.


Thank you for all you do for the University of Miami and for your support of our TeamUM United Way campaign. Your gift helps improve people's lives every day in the community we call home.


Best regards,






Jacqueline R. Menendez
Vice President, University Communications
United Way TeamUM 2016 Campaign Chair