Last October, Valparaiso University participated in the 2011 United Way Annual Campaign. Valpo has a 54-year history of supporting the local United Way, who looks to the University for support and leadership as the leading employer in Porter County.

After decreased giving for the past five years, the 2011 Campaign urged the Valpo community to help reverse the downward trend. These efforts paid off – total VU contribution for 2012 is $45,442.70. This is an increase of $12,534.70, which equals a 38 percent increase over last year’s total.

Thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment and the Indiana Association of United Ways, new donors and loyal donors who increased their giving saw their new and increased donations matched 100 percent.

United Way does important work in the areas of education, health and financial stability. With the continuing challenges in the economy and cuts to funding to many non-profit organizations, support to the local community is more important than ever. Over 99% of contributions will stay in Porter County and will help to provide essential support to help better serve the community.

Those interested in serving on a United Way campaign committee for next year should contact Diane Noe at

More information about the 2011 United Way Annual Campaign can be found at
About Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University is a comprehensive independent Lutheran university with more than 4,000 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, service-minded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 22 years. Valparaiso University offers 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a School of Law and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Education Division. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness, and dedication to serving others.