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Release: Sept. 30, 1999

Iowa Shares sets 1999 University of Iowa campaign goal of $20,000

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa employees again have the opportunity to support 17 Iowa human service and social justice organizations through the annual Iowa Shares payroll deduction campaign now underway on the UI campus. Iowa Shares, an umbrella group that raises funds for non-profit groups across Iowa, is seeking to raise $20,000 in its university campaign to help the agencies.

David Leshtz, a program associate at University Hospital School and an Iowa Shares contributor, said, "This is the easiest way I know to support the causes I believe in." In 1998, statewide workplace giving to Iowa Shares topped $79,000, lending significant financial support to the programs that depend on these contributions.

As with other campaigns, UI employees may contribute by payroll deduction or by check directly to Iowa Shares. These gifts qualify for itemized tax deductions. UI employees recently received a packet in campus mail from Iowa Shares with forms to complete and return. Contributors may designate gifts to a specific agency or make a gift with the donations divided between the 17 groups.

Iowa Shares member groups in Johnson County include the UI Women's Resource and Action Center, Environmental Advocates and the Iowa Renewable Energy Association. A complete list of the member groups is included in the packets that UI employees received. To receive another packet, or for additional information about Iowa Shares, call Monique DiCarlo at (319) 335-1486 or Del Holland at (319) 338-5220.