Letter from the Honorary Chair

Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” The Hearts of Texas Campaign at The University of Texas at Austin is an opportunity for each of us to do a little bit of good. Collectively, however, we can have a great impact. Last year the faculty and staff at UT Austin raised more than $600,000 for those in need in Central Texas. In 2011 and 2012 the State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign (SECC) awarded the university the Highest Per Capita Gift award, which speaks volumes about the generosity of The University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff.

The 2014 Hearts of Texas Campaign gets underway October 1 and runs through October 31. With more than 500 charities to choose from, from Doctors Without Borders to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, you can select a cause that has particular meaning to you. Since 1996, the Hearts of Texas has proven that we make our contributions go further and have a greater impact when we donate as a community.

To donate or to learn more about the worthy organizations you can help support, please visit Hearts of Texas at http://www.utexas.edu/events/secc/ or contact your departmental representative.

The campaign’s primary goal is to make it possible for charities to serve more people. A gift from you, large or small, will make a tremendous difference by allowing a charity to feed one more child, provide one more night of shelter for a homeless family, rescue one more animal or conserve one more acre of forest.  Every dollar makes a difference.

Your gift will help address our community’s most critical needs. Please make a gift today.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
Honorary Chair, Hearts of Texas Campaign