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News Brief - 3/16/10

Western Governors University Joins with Staff, Students, and Graduates to Contribute More than $36,000 to Haiti Relief

WGU matches student, employee, and alumni donations to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund

Salt Lake City — Like so many Americans, Western Governors University faculty, staff, students, and alumni responded to the earthquake in Haiti by generously donating to relief efforts. To help make these donations go farther, the online university has matched contributions to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief effort made by employees, students, and alumni, raising a total of $36,381. WGU matched more than $18,000 in individual donations.

"Although we’re located in all 50 states, WGU employees, students, and alumni have a strong sense of community, and it’s not surprising that so many have offered their support to this effort," said WGU President Robert Mendenhall. "We are proud of their commitment to global citizenship."

Beginning January 15, donations were accepted through WGU’s website and promoted through university-wide emails and announcements. WGU received over 300 personal contributions, with each donation averaging about $60. "Considering many of our employees and students made donations directly to other charities before we offered our matching program, the total indicates a high level of generosity within the WGU community," Mendenhall added.

All WGU proceeds will benefit Haiti through the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which focuses on four primary relief areas including health, relief, water and sanitation, and shelter. The Red Cross has helped nearly 2 million Haitians since the country's earthquake.