Carnegie Mellon University
February 15, 2021

Launch of CMU's 2021 United Way Campaign

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Carnegie Mellon University’s long-standing partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has historically been one of the most meaningful ways that we make a positive and lasting impact in our region. This year, our community is facing multiple challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who have never needed help meeting basic needs have had their lives turned upside down, while those who have always been at the most risk continue to struggle. Now more than ever, we are eager to mobilize the entire campus in supporting United Way’s vital services and programs that help Pittsburgh and the greater region. 

Today, we are launching CMU’s 2021 United Way Campaign, and I hope each of you will join me in participating. You can visit the United Way Campaign website to donate by means of a one-time gift or through a continuing payroll deduction. On the website you will also find information about how you can direct your donation, the impact even the smallest amount can make, and contact information should you have questions. 

Once again, the campaign’s leadership co-chairs are Jim Garrett, provost and chief academic officer, and Angela Blanton, vice president for finance and chief financial officer. We remain grateful for their commitment and example. Jim and Angela will be supported by a campaign committee led by the Office of Human Resources and a network of champions in several areas across campus. Our goal for 2021 is to increase participation from last year and ensure that the university’s contributions are responsive to the level of need in our community. Collectively, we can achieve results that no one can accomplish alone. 

While the work of United Way continues year round, our 2021 campaign runs for 40 days — from February 15 to March 26 — so please don’t wait to donate. 

As good neighbors and community partners, and in alignment with our Strategic Plan 2025 goal of having a positive regional impact, CMU consistently contributes to the quality of life in our communities. I am proud of our these contributions and our ongoing commitment to our region over the decades. I look forward to celebrating our results this year and, more importantly, recognizing that we helped to lift our community up during this unprecedented time of need. 


Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman President's Chair