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Goal Set for State Giving

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

As it enters its 23rd year, a goal of $235,000 has been set for East Carolina University’s share of the annual State Employees Combined Campaign.

With roughly 900 community organizations and charities to choose from, the annual fundraiser provides ECU employees an opportunity to donate to causes and programs that matches their beliefs and interests through Oct. 31.

“The combination of our individual efforts makes a big difference for our communities,” ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said. “ECU has the opportunity, once again, to emphasize leadership and compassion for our neighbors.”

In 2007, ECU employees contributed more than $218,000 to these causes. This year’s campaign co-chairs, Lathan Turner (East Campus) and Jeff Coghill (West Campus), are seeking nearly an 8 percent increase in giving from last year.

The charities range from health-related and service organizations to after school and social programs. Payment is available through payroll deduction, check, cash, credit card or PayPal.

The SECC is conducted every fall so that charitable contributions are solicited from state employees only once per year. The resource guide, which can be downloaded from, provides information on eligible charities.

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at