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Scottsdale employees step up for community charities

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  Original publication date: Nov. 20, 2013
  Updated: Dec. 10, 2013
 
  Contacts: Campaign co-chair Brad Hartig, 480-312-7615;
                 bhartig@ScottsdaleAz.gov 
                 Campaign co-chair Bill Murphy, 480-312-7954;
                 bmurphy@ScottsdaleAz.gov
 

Scottsdale employees step up for community charities

Scottsdale employees contributed more than $90,000 to community charities this year through the city’s annual Charitable Choices Campaign.

It’s the largest employee contribution to the campaign in more than a dozen years and far exceeded the program’s goal.

In all, 539 employees contributed through the program, raising $93,304* for a variety of charitable causes affiliated with the campaign. That’s an increase of 184 donors and roughly $30,000 from the previous year. This year’s goal was to raise $71,000.

“Scottsdale employees demonstrated once again great care and compassion for the citizens and community they serve,” said Bill Murphy, the campaign’s co-chair and the city’s executive director for Community Services.

“I’m proud and impressed with the generosity of Scottsdale employees,” said Brad Hartig, the campaign’s other co-chair and the city’s chief information officer. “They really stepped up and made this one of the most successful programs in years.”

The Charitable Choices Campaign is a city partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way to make it easy for employees to make charitable contributions to the community.

The pledge campaign runs at the end of each year for donations that will be collected the following year. The campaign helps fund non-profit health and human service agencies, medical research providers, environmental land trust charities and other organizations which contribute to the community’s quality of life.

Employees choose the organizations they want to assist.

This year 30 percent of all donations went to the United Way ($30,069); 70 percent went to more than 130 individual agencies. Top individual agencies were 100 Club of Arizona, POSA Outreach, Partners for Paiute and STARS.

"A roof over our head, food on the table and a good education for our children are the basic things we want for everyone in Maricopa County," said Nancy Dean, Valley of the Sun United Way's senior vice president of resource development and chief development officer. "Thanks to the city of Scottsdale's generosity and that of its dedicated employees we are transforming individual lives and entire communities every day."

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* This figure was originally reported as $98,765. A final review of contributions led to the adjusted number.