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 2023 effort through gifts and through attendance at our special events. Together we can be proud that we rallied to support our Rochester community!

2024 Campaign Goals

Our 2024 monetary goal is set at $285,000.





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Reasons to Give

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

Message from Prabu David, RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Matt Huenerfauth, Dean of Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Message from Gerard Buckley, President NTID/Vice President and Dean RIT, and Judy Buckley

David Munson

Dr. David C. Munson Jr.


Hello Tiger Family,

Our local community is faced with complex challenges. But I believe we are Better United when we organize as one. We can change many lives in our community by uniting as Tigers Together.

Nancy and I want you to join us in providing your active support for RIT's 2024 United Way fundraising campaign.

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.

Your consistent support has been the mainstay of United Way. Our local organizations are the fabric of our community. They are united in their commitment and determination to help those in crisis. And right now, they need 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 have set an RIT goal of raising $285,000.

Nancy and I feel it's essential 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 for all 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

Youth Success

Children and youth have equitable resources for success

Financial Security

Upward mobility for a prosperous community

Healthy Community

Creating pathways for accessible healthy living

Community Resiliency

Fortifying our communities to persevere sustainably

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 5, 2024. Gather a foursome to help benefitting the community of Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.
More info to come

Spring Pie Sale

Celebrate Spring Holidays 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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Ellen Johnson
Senior Staff Accountant

Campaign Chair

Nicole Prahler
Associate Director, Conferences and Special Events

Campaign Coordinator

Debbie Kiel
Associate Director, Conferences and Special Events

Campaign Coordinator