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Charities Benefit from UWHC Employee-Directed Giving

Holiday ornamentsFor the past two years, UW Hospital and Clinics has made a sizable holiday contribution on behalf of employees to a community organization that supports the fundamentals of a healthy life.


Earlier this year, the hospital asked nominees for its Community Service Award to serve on a committee to select one or more community organizations that would receive this year’s gift on behalf of staff.  
President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky asked committee members to confer with colleagues, apply UWHC values, and consider decisions that would resonate with fellow employees.


The committee agreed to focus on meeting basic needs and training of basic skills, which resulted in the selection of three charitable organizations:

  • Porchlight: For providing both basic needs and skills through emergency shelter, food, employment services, counseling and affordable transitional and permanent housing to homeless people in the Dane County area. Donation from UWHC: $10,000
  • SHARE: For enabling communities throughout Wisconsin to respond to basic needs and providing access to good, nutritious food at reduced cost through a self-help distribution system. Donation from UWHC: $5,000
  • Literacy Network: for teaching reading, writing and speaking skills to Dane County adults and families so they can achieve financial independence, good health and involvement in community life through individual tutoring and small classes. Donation from UWHC: $5,000

The executive directors of each organization - Steve Schooler, Porchlight; Paulette Flynn, SHARE; and Jeff Burkhart, Literacy Network - were contacted on December 14 to let them know they’d be receiving a donation from UWHC.
"It was such a great surprise to get the phone call!" says Flynn. "To be selected is such an incredible honor because it comes from the community - your organization and its employees. To be worthy of such a wonderful gift that will make a significant impact, is truly humbling. We are so unbelievably thankful."
"The entire committee took this task very seriously and dedicated significant thought to each decision," says Thom Weiss, UWHC director of compensation and benefits, and committee facilitator. “The resulting donations will make a difference in the communities served by UW Health and those in which our patients and employees live and work."
Janice K. Bultema, UWHC senior vice president for human resources, concurred.


"The collective work of UWHC staff and this committee will benefit hundreds this holiday season and into the new year," she said. "This is an example of our vision in action: Working together, UW Health will be a national leader in health care, advancing the well-being of the people of Wisconsin and beyond."