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United Way’s Most “Outstanding Corporation”

Make no mistake: Johns Hopkins Medicine is a key player in the United Way of Central Maryland’s annual campaign.

Last year, JHM raised $263,000 more for the United Way than it did the year before. What’s more, 10 Hopkins Medicine employees joined the local charity’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a select group of super-givers who each contribute at least $10,000 a year. That brings JHM’s de Tocqueville total to 19, the fourth highest in the region after Constellation Energy, Legg Mason and T. Rowe Price. Not bad for a nonprofit operation.

Taken together, the Johns Hopkins institutions raise more money than any other corporation in central Maryland. (This year’s combined goal is $2,568,000.) That’s why United Way will present Johns Hopkins with the Outstanding Corporation for 2004 award.

The United Way is focusing hard on its primary mission, “safety net” services for those in need. Its Community Safety Net, the network of agencies it helps fund, is the local charity’s top priority. As of last year, donors could no longer designate their dollars for organizations without a health and human services focus. This year, for the first time, designated gifts have to be at least $50.

In East Baltimore there is no shortage of Community Safety Net organizations, says Patricia Brown, president of JH Health Care and chairman of the campaign for JHM. “We have spent a lot of time talking about improving our campus and building new buildings, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that every community needs a safety net. One way to ensure that East Baltimore’s safety net is both available and thriving is to invest in United Way.”

Anne Bennett Swingle

2005 United Way Campaign Oct. 10–Oct. 21

Oct. 10: Campaign Kick-Off. Banners, balloons and United Way information.

Oct. 14 & 21: Hot Dog Lunches. Free hot dogs, soda, chips and cookies in exchange for your completed campaign pledge form. Turner Plaza, noon to 1:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 14 only.

Oct. 19: Breakfast. Campaign coordinators, team captains and leadership from all seven JHM entities invited. Turner Concourse, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.




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