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Season of giving begins with Charity Choice 2010

Tyler Hoffman

Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: News
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Residing within an urban bubble, students and faculty of Case Western Reserve University are often isolated from the greater Cleveland metropolitan area. Locked in the bustling campus atmosphere, it is easy to forget the prominent need within Cleveland and Ohio. Launched on Sept. 17, the Charity Choice Campaign hopes to bridge the gap between campus and community, granting both students and staff the opportunity to make an impact outside of University Circle.

The Charity Choice Campaign, led this year by provost and executive vice president W.A. "Bud" Baeslack and associate provost for international affairs David Fleshler, provides a chance for each member of CWRU to donate money and time to grateful nonprofit organizations. The co-chairs of the event serve on a rotation for two years. This will be Fleshler's first year with the event and Baeslack's second. The initiative began on Case for Community Day, allowing the program to be propelled by an atmosphere of selflessness and civic engagement.

This year, co-chairs Baeslack and Fleshler hope to increase campus involvement by more than 10 percent and bypass last year's donation total of $204,300. The campaign has many unique benefits and a sense of ease that sets it apart from other philanthropic options. Fleshler said that "[t]he second and [most] important role this year is to get as many people as possible to participate." To this end, the campaign is encouraging individual schools within the university to become involved. "The university is a fairly diffuse place, where each of the different schools focus on their own goals," Fleshler said. "We are encouraging the different schools to raise involvement by hosting their own events." He went on to note that e-mail messages will be sent to the campus community throughout the duration of the program.

Establishing the priorities for the year, Fleshler stressed the importance of connecting givers with those who benefit from their generosity. "We wish to connect [donors] with individual stories and the people who are helped because of volunteering and donations," he explained. "We want to give people a sense of where their money goes. This way, people realize their money is not going to some amorphous institution, but instead it reaches people with real needs."
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