Campaign surpasses funding goals
Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm in News
The Good Neighbors Campaign, exceeding its fundraising goal for the 20th year in a row, raised more than $1.6 million for local communities this year, USC announced Wednesday.
The campaign, which aims to raise money to support residents living near both the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus, has raised $16 million since former USC President Steven Sample established the program in 1994.
The Good Neighbors Campaign was created on the premise that the university has a responsibility to give back to its city and the extended Trojan family.
The annual campaign kicks off every October and accepts donations throughout the year.Â When staff members are hired by USC, a letter invites them to pledge a portion of their paychecks to the campaign.
The campaign requested donations from university faculty, staff and alumni.Â This year, 5,565 university employees donated.
All proceeds from the campaign are donated to non-profit organizations.Â Contributors choose to give their money to either the United Way or the University Neighborhood Outreach, which awards grants to programs in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles.
Many grants made by United Neighborhood Outreach benefit families in the neighborhood by helping fund through art, education, health and legal programs.
Last year, the Good Neighbors Campaign helped fund programs, such as Troy Camp, the Thornton School of Jazz Reach, ASCS Junior Robotics Education and the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles and Troy Camp.