Weekly Bulletin
November 8, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 8
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News and features
Human-powered vehicles
Cancer: a complex material
Surviving change
United Way Campaign begins November 10
Nassau Notes
Arts & Exhibits
Page one
Research funding announced
Cleveland Tower liberated

United Way Campaign
begins November 10

The 1999 Princeton University United Way campaign in support of the United Way of the Greater Mercer County will be held from November 10 through December 10 on the main campus and on November 30 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. This year's fund drive chairman is Robert Durkee, vice president for public affairs, and the faculty chair is physics professor Joseph Taylor, dean of the faculty.

"Last year the University and its faculty and staff contributed nearly $150,000 to the United Way campaign," Durkee said. "This year we hope to do even better. Our gifts make an important difference to all the programs that serve the needs of people in our area."

United Way survey results

Last year 279 University faculty and staff participated in a short online survey about the United Way. The three things they most cared about were that:

• "the cost of United Way fundraising and overhead is low"; (173 replies)

• "experienced volunteers, knowledgeable about local needs, decide how the money raised will be spent";(168) and

• "people in the community where I live are helped by United Way." (154)

United Way's 10 percent expenditure for fundraising, administration and advertising is well below the 40 percent cap recommended by the National Bureau of Charities.



As in the past, the University will contribute 10 cents per dollar of all gifts by cash or check, and to encourage employees to take advantage of the payroll deduction method for supporting United Way, it will contribute 15 cents per dollar of all gifts made through that payment method. The first 400 people who make a United Way donation will also receive two free tickets to the Princeton-Lafayette basketball game at Jadwin Gym on January 8 and a free lunch at Chesapeake Bagel Company on Nassau Street.

United Way campaign volunteers will distribute pledge cards. Anyone with questions can ask their departmental campaign volunteer, see the United Way web page at or contact main campus United Way coordinator Karen Woodbridge (258-5656 or or Plasma Physics United Way campaign chair Mary Ann Brown (125-3045 or

Volunteers allocate resources

The Resource Investment Volunteers of the United Way of Greater Mercer County's evaluate needs in the community and determine which agency programs will receive grants for 2000 through 2003.

They learn about programs and initiatives that help those most in need to help themselves, evaluate program proposals, meet with others from the community to help evaluate programs, and visit programs that request grant funding.

The only background required is an interest in community service and approximately four to six hours of time per month.

To join them, call 609-637-4900.