Launch of the U of A United Way campaign and includes two campus challenges


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The 91st U of A United Way campaign is officially underway, from October 3 to November 4, and early renewals have already accounted for more than $18,764 in donations.

The campaign co-chairs this year are Peter MacKeith, Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design; Deacue Fields, vice president for agriculture for the U of A system; and Rick Thorpe, assistant athletic director for external engagement at Razorback Athletics.

“The University of Arkansas has an impressive academic, research and athletic record, and Fayetteville is one of the best places to live in the country,” Thorpe said. “But we know that even here in northwest Arkansas people are struggling.”

Through United Way, 98 cents of every donated dollar stays in Northwest Arkansas to support programs that help local children, families and individuals in the areas of education, housing, access to healthy food, childhood development and physical and mental well-being.

“We want to harness that power right here on campus,” MacKeith said. “Our goal this year is $100,000, and we have a challenge for you.”

For the second year, a Dean’s Challenge Award will go to the college with the highest percentage of employees who contribute, and a Department Challenge Award will go to the single department with the highest percentage of employees who donate.

“The University of Arkansas is steeped in tradition, and in that spirit of tradition, the university and United Way have partnered for 91 years to support our community,” Fields said. “Our students, faculty and staff benefit from United Way programs.”

Payroll deductions, recurring donations or one-time credit card donations can be made online at Payroll deductions are reauthorized each year and deductions begin in January 2023. Faculty and staff can donate to a specific organization through United Way of Northwest Arkansas. Any donation of $100 or more to a 501(c)(3) organization, as defined by the IRS, and serving Northwest Arkansas, will go directly to that organization.

Donation cards are distributed to campus staff who do not have regular internet access and should be returned to a campus coordinator. A full list of Campus Coordinators as well as progress toward the campaign goal can be viewed at

United Way of Northwest Arkansas has served the area since 1931 with the goal of harnessing the collective strength and generosity of the community to enable everyone in the area to prosper.

To learn more about United Way of NWA’s work in our community, visit

About Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design: The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is home to professional design undergraduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior architecture and design, as well as a program of liberal studies. The school also offers a Masters in Design Studies, with concentrations in Health and Wellness Design, Resilience Design, Integrated Wood Design, and Retail and Hospitality Design. . The DesignIntelligence The 2019 School Ranking Survey ranked the school among the most hired architecture, landscape architecture and interior design schools, ranking 10th, 14th and eighth respectively, as well as 28th among schools most admired architecture.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion for Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world in Arkansas Research News.


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