January 21, 2000

Area charities reap Community Giving Campaign’s rewards

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Chancellor Joe Wyatt spoke to Community Giving Campaign solicitors at a reception last week. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Area charities reap Community Giving Campaign's rewards

The recently concluded Vanderbilt Community Giving Campaign raised $755,320 to benefit charities in the Nashville area.

Of that total figure, Vanderbilt University Medical Center raised $495,103.

"I grew up in a rural community after the depression," said Chancellor Joe B. Wyatt during a speech to campaign solicitors. "During that time, there was not much else to depend on except for the people around you. It makes me very proud that the staff and faculty at Vanderbilt continue the tradition of being people that the community can depend upon for help."

Areas in the medical center receiving Chancellor's Awards and honorable mentions included Respiratory Care, Medical Information Services, Neurosurgery, Admitting, Children's Hospital Outpatient Clinic, Linen Services, Outpatient Registration, 6 North patient care area, and Pediatrics.

Chancellor's Awards are given to the departments with the highest percentage of participation.

"Everyone at Vanderbilt University can be very proud of the money raised for the United Way, Combined Health Appeal, and Community Shares," said Tish Maddox, director of Internal Campaigns.

Some of the money raised at VUMC is spent on programs that directly involve medical center staff and faculty.

Vanderbilt-based organizations that offer direct social services to the Nashville community can apply for funds retained by Vanderbilt from the campaign. Last year, grants totaling $43,501 were made to 31 programs at Vanderbilt University.

Organizations interested in applying should contact the Internal Campaigns Office at 343-8759.