United Way Campaign

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As one of Rochester’s major employers, RIT takes great pride in our community involvement, and in particular, in our award-winning employee workplace campaign.


For more than two decades, RIT constituents have shown their compassion and supported those less fortunate in the community by giving generously through our United Way Campaign, raising over $2 Million in 5 years.

On behalf of the nearly 200 campaign volunteers, thank you to everyone who supported the 2020 effort through gifts and through attendance at our special events. Together we can be proud that we rallied to support our Rochester community!

2022 Campaign Goals

Our 2022 monetary goal is set at $314,159 or π - a number imbued with special significance, just like the need it represents.





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Reasons to Give

Message from Dr. David C. Munson Jr., RIT President and Nancy Munson


Message from Dr. Ellen Granberg, RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Jaime Saunders, President and CEO at United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

David Munson

Dr. David C. Munson Jr.

Hello Tiger Family,

Nancy and I invite you to participate in RIT’s 2022 United Way fundraising campaign!

It looks as though 2022 will be another year of unique challenges, but we are so proud of how each and every one of you ­– our students, our faculty, and our staff ­– have continued to step up during this global pandemic. It is because of your perseverance, resilience, strength, and grit that we have been able to keep our campus open, our classes in-person, and our campus community safe. Your extraordinary efforts provide hope in a brighter future.

But the response to the pandemic is not just about us. It’s also about our Rochester community and the struggle so many continue to face. Each year our commitment to the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes presents us with the opportunity to directly help our friends and neighbors persevere through a range of difficulties and challenges.


Our local organizations are the fabric of our community. They are a tapestry woven together by their commitment and determination to help those in crisis. And right now, they are in need of your support–support that will help them serve the families and individuals in our community who continue to lean on these organizations for assistance, relief, and hope.

This year, I’m asking for your continued generosity in rallying around the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes. We were so impressed with your generosity last year, that we’ve set the same monetary goal for RIT’s 2022 United Way Campaign - $314,159 or pi - a number imbued with special significance, just like the need it represents.

The Greater Rochester community and RIT have a rich history of supporting the United Way — dating back 100 years to the extraordinary leadership of George Eastman, whose philanthropy in health care, education, and more, served to enrich and strengthen our community.

Nancy and I feel it’s so important to make a charitable investment in assisting our neighbors, friends, and family members who need our help. So, won’t you please join us in supporting the United Way? We thank you in advance for your generosity. And we thank you all for your participation in past campaigns. Let’s continue our tradition and turn our passion for the community into compassion for those in need.

Yours in Tiger pride,
David Munson

Every Gift
Changes Someone's World


A safe place for a child to go after school


A ride for an elderly resident to a doctor's appointment

Economic Mobility

Food and clothing for a family experiencing unexpected hardship

The RIT Community knows what it takes
to make change happen.

Thank you for helping RIT to invest, connect, and serve with United Way
to make an impact in the Rochester community.

Ways to Give

Student fundraising events and partnering with the RIT United Way Campaign

Whenever student groups plan fundraising events for local charities that fall under the umbrella of agencies supported by the United Way of Greater Rochester, it opens up a way for us to partner to mutually benefit your student group and the RIT United Way Campaign. The contribution would be recognized as being raised by the student group but the funds would be processed through the campus campaign to help us reach our collective goal.

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Have questions? Contact: unitedway@rit.edu

Impact Stories

Why I Give 1

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Twyla Cummings


Dean and Professor
Graduate Education

I have a responsibility to give back to those less fortunate than myself, whether it be expertise, knowledge, or money. Making contributions to the YWCA of Rochester and PathStone through United Way allows me to help women and children gain self-sufficiency, independence, and a positive future. It is truly a great feeling to know that I am able to do something, no matter how small, to help make someone else’s life just a little bit better.

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Maria Ocasio


NTID Employee Administrator
Office of the President

I truly believe that every little bit helps, and if we stand ‘United’ we can make this world a better place! Give comfort to those who need it during hard times. We all have struggles in life. It’s okay to ask for help, and the United Way can be there to help individuals start in the right direction.

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Howard Ward


RIT Retiree
Student Auxiliary Services

I happily give my resources to the United Way because as a young man growing up in rural Orleans County, I personally witnessed the services provided that benefited many in our community. I also consider the United Way as a much-needed investment in our diverse community because at any given time either you or I may need assistance and care from this compassionate organization.

Why I Give

Key Activities

CHAIRity Auction

Bid on one-of-a-kind collectible chairs designed by RIT "artists". The funds raised from the individual chairs will be donated to the local United Way agency selected by the artist.
Read More about the CHAIRity Auction

Day of Caring

RIT is proud to have participated in the Day of Caring for many years and is looking forward to doing so again this year. The Day of Caring is a day-long event that offers thousands of people an opportunity to contribute to our community by volunteering at area health and human service agencies.
Read More about the Day of Caring

Golf Tournament

Please join us at Shadow Lake Golf Club for the Annual RIT United Way Golf Tournament On September 8, 2022. Gather a foursome to help benefitting the community of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.
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Pies for Pi(e) Day

Celebrate Pi(e) Day by ordering delicious pies baked by the Special Touch Bakery at the School of the Holy Childhood!
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Steering Committee

Steering Committee members represent all of the colleges and divisions on campus. This team donates time to plan, organize, strategize and implement a highly creative and innovative campaign.
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Key Captains

Key Captains are the heart of the campaign and are responsible for the outreach to each department across campus. These 130 volunteers are responsible for communicating the campaign message and following up during the donation process with co-workers. Our continual success can be credited in large part to the outstanding leadership of this wonderful cadre of volunteers who bring new and innovative ideas, energy and excitement to this endeavor each year.
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Victor Santiago
Associate Director Alumni Relations, Young Alumni and Student

Campaign Chair

Shane Durgee
Gallery Coordinator

Vice Chair

Lynn Rowoth
Associate Vice President, Community Relations and Special Events

Campaign Coordinator

Nicole Prahler
Associate Director, Conferences and Special Events

Campaign Coordinator