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Bring hope: Be a partner in giving ... today

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Progress toward our goal.

In most cases, the power of giving does not lie within a single gift. Rather, the opportunity to make the greatest difference lies in the combined support offered by many people.

Make a commitment to be a part of that difference.

With gifts of any amount, you can support any of more than 520 participating charitable organizations through the State, University and UWHC Employees Combined Campaign of Dane County. This annual campaign runs October 10 through November 30, 2011. Donate securely online now or use the paper pledge form in the info packet you received to give by cash, check or payroll contribution.

First offered in 1973 as the State Employees Combined Campaign, the initiative has raised $59 million for charitable causes. In 2011, organizers of the volunteer-run effort hope to raise $2.8 million.

In 2010, the College of Engineering had the second-highest increase in participation rate at UW-Madison and raised $73,161 for the campaign through 170 donations. 

This year, the college goal is to raise $73,000 through 200 pledges, says College of Engineering campaign chair Tammy Kuhn Martin, a research administrator in the college dean's office. "The power to improve our world rests with each of us, and it begins with a personal commitment," she says. "Every year, the Partners in Giving Campaign shows what can happen when caring people make such a commitment."

For example, just $2 per month provides 12 dinners for a family of four, while $26 per year can fund a hot meal for 50 people at a soup kitchen, provide a free white cane to someone who is blind or visually impaired, or purchase a speech pathology session for a stroke survivor relearning to communicate.

To increase overall contributions to Partners in Giving, the College of Engineering is hosting two special events. At "Thanks-4-Giving to the Campaign," November 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Engineering Hall lobby, purchase a slice of pie and a beverage for a $1 (or more) donation. College faculty and staff who complete and return pledge forms will receive a coupon for a free slice of pie.

The college also is sponsoring a silent auction. Check the list of items below and place your bids by E-mailing Kuhn Martin, We'll post the highest bid amounts daily, right here.

Additionally, each College of Engineering faculty or staff member who completes and returns a pledge form in a given week will be entered into that week's prize drawing. At the campaign close, all contributors will be entered into an additional drawing.

Whether a repeat donor or a first-time pledger, every gift magnifies our impact, says Kuhn Martin. "Every gift, regardless of amount, makes a difference," she says. "Every act of personal commitment turns hope into reality."

Bid now on these silent auction items!

Silent auction items

Bid now on any or all of these silent auction items. E-mail Tammy Kuhn Martin,, to place your bid!

Mystery Bag

Filled with six items sure to please! Make a bid and be pleasantly surprised with what you receive.


Minimum bid—$15

Current bid—$40

Chocolate Lover's Basket

Fulfill your guilty chocolate pleasure with this basket stuffed with items such as Toblerone and Godiva and everything in between!


Minimum bid—$5

Current bid—$30

Spa Basket

Bid on this basket to enjoy the ultimate relaxation of Sea Source Detox Spa by Arbonne.


Minimum bid—$30

Current bid—$35

Wisconsin Fan

Let your inner Badger show with a Wisconsin baseball cap, Wisconsin folding stadium seat, and an autographed 2011 Rose Bowl football.


Minimum bid—$15
Current bid—$90

Golf Green

Enjoy a round of golf with a friend at The Oaks. This basket also comes with three tee sets and two Wisconsin golf towels.


Minimum bid—$20

Current bid—$25

Movie Basket

Enjoy a night at the movies with a $20 gift card and popcorn tin filled to the brim with candy.


Minimum bid—$5
Current bid—$25

Renee Meiller