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Dear RIT colleagues,

As I recently stated in the 2021 President’s Report, 2020 threw the book at us during a global pandemic. I’m proud to say RIT faced it all head on and our university family continues to embody perseverance, resilience, strength, and grit.

Together, we will navigate these turbulent times. But it is also a time to look beyond our campus and rally around our community. The United Way of Greater Rochester is asking for our generosity to help meet the new challenges faced by our region.

RIT always has had a passion for the community in which we live and learn. This year our community, the community of Rochester, has reached critical levels of need. With so many unable to work, go to school, and who have had their lives turned upside down, the situation is more serious than it has been in recent memory.

This year our monetary goal to make a dramatic difference in the lives of those in the Rochester community is $314,159. Does our goal look familiar? Yes, it symbolizes pi - a number imbued with special meaning and significance, just like the need it represents.

In some ways, every year is a circle, bringing us back to the known and familiar. While many things change, the need in the community does not. Contributing to the United Way is the easiest and most efficient way to meet community needs in Monroe and the five surrounding counties. 

The Greater Rochester community and RIT have a rich history supporting the United Way — dating back 100 years to the early vision and contributions of George Eastman.  It’s important to me and my wife, Nancy, to make a charitable investment in assisting those neighbors, friends, and family members who need our support.

Please join me in supporting the United Way. Nancy and I thank you in advance for your generosity. 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