The Gift of Employee-Directed Giving

Madison, Wisconsin - The season of giving presents a special opportunity for community organizations that align with UW Hospital and Clinics' mission, to receive donations designated by UW Hospital and Clinics employees.


For the past six years, UW Hospital and Clinics has made a holiday contribution on behalf of employees to community organizations that support the health and well-being of the communities we serve. For the past four years, the hospital has appointed an Employee-directed Giving Committee to select one or more community organizations to receive the contribution on behalf of all staff.


Individuals are selected each year from active employee charitable campaign coordinators who represent a variety of experience, jobs and work locations.


The 2013 committee included:

  • Elizabeth Armstrong, Psychiatry
  • Patricia Borgrud, Wisconsin Dialysis
  • Jennifer Buchli, Research Park Clinic
  • Julie Diffee, Health Information Management
  • Lisa Engel, e-Health
  • Lori Mickelson, Burn Unit
  • Patricia Moran, Clinical Research Center
  • Justin Olson, Human Resources
  • Jana Saavedra-Lincoln, OB GYN Clinic 
  • Eric Shanley, Environmental Services

"It was an honor and privilege to be part of the Employee-directed Giving Committee and to represent UW Hospital and Clinics," states Tricia Borgrud, senior administrative secretary, Wisconsin Dialysis, Inc. "I have a renewed spirit from this experience that even in times when we seem to be surrounded by a hectic world, there are still caring people who are doing good things for others."


Each committee member sought feedback and suggestions ahead of time from their co-workers and came to the meeting prepared to nominate one or more charitable organizations. At the meeting, committee members discussed the missions of each group, who they help, and the geographic reach. The committee focused on organizations that provide local and regional benefit and on services particularly needed during the holiday season.


"Everyone was very engaged and came with ideas based on their own experiences," says committee member Justin Olson, a human resources assistant. "Knowing that I was helping to make a contribution that will have a very measurable impact on an organization was very fulfilling."


After thorough review of many causes and thoughtful deliberation, the committee came to a unanimous agreement and committee members hand-delivered checks in the following amounts to these organizations the week of December 9:

Read a thank you letter from the Community Action Coalition (pdf)


Delivering the Gifts


UW Hospital and Clinics employee-directed giving: CAC

"We were thrilled to get the phone call, and really appreciate the support,” stated Greta Hansen, executive director for CAC, pictured left with committee members Engel (center) and Borgrud. “This has been an especially challenging year for CAC in terms of raising funds to continue our programs affected by federal cuts. This gift will help our food security program procure and deliver healthy food to more than 50 food pantries and community meal sites around Dane County. On behalf of people affected by poverty, thank you. Your support helps improve lives that are riddled with challenges.”


Read a thank you letter from the Community Action Coalition (pdf)



UW Hospital and Clinics employee-directed giving: Dry Hootch
“We were absolutely thrilled when we learned of the employee-directed donation from UW Hospitals and Clinics!” states Jeromy Sanders, Director of Operations-Marine Corps Veteran (pictured center with committee members (left to right) Diffee, Borgrud, Shanley, Olson, Moran and Engel). “This very generous donation will ensure that Veterans have access to critical services and resources designed to help them leave the war behind. As a Veteran myself, I can tell you that there is not an end-all-be-all organization when it comes to Veteran services, so it’s critical for places like Dryhootch to maintain a presence in our community and continue our outreach efforts, so that we can be proactive in our approach to helping Veterans of all eras.” 



UW Hospital and Clinics employee-directed giving: Journey Mental Health
“Journey Mental Health Center served 13,000 people in Dane County in 2012, and we fully anticipate that we will exceed that number this year,” says William Greer, President and CEO (pictured center with committee members (left to right), Borgrud, Engel, Diffee and Olson). “This $6,700 year-end gift comes as a wonderful surprise. We are humbled that UW Hospital and Clinics recognizes the work we do — sharing the path from hope to recovery for those challenged by the diseases of mental illness and substance abuse.”

Date Published: 12/20/2013

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