Southern Ohio Medical Center is excited to announce the launch of its own community-giving program—the SOMC Make A Difference Fund. This new fund will take the place of SOMC’s annual United Way Campaign.
“Much like the United Way Campaign, the SOMC Make A Difference Fund will play an important role in helping our employees support the local community,” Kara Redoutey, director of SOMC Community Relations and Development, said.
The process to donate toward the SOMC Make a Difference Fund will operate the same as that of the United Way Campaign. Employees will still utilize payroll deduction to give a percentage of their paycheck to a designated local charity. However, instead of donating toward one charity encompassed by the United Way, employees will actually have the power to vote on which five organizations should be included in SOMC’s campaign for 2016.
“Because SOMC will oversee the program, we can also ensure that 100 percent of employee donations will go to the designated charities,” Redoutey explained. “This differs from the United Way, which subtracts a percentage of donations to cover their operating costs.”
The voting process for the Make A Difference Fund will launch via e-mail July ##. Employees will be asked to complete an online survey, where they will be able to vote for one local charity to be included among SOMC’s top five charities. Once the top five charities are established, employees will receive giving-cards that will allow them to donate a portion of their paycheck to the charity of their choice.
SOMC is able to manage the Make A Difference Fund in-house because of the continued growth of the SOMC Development Foundation. The Development Foundation raises funds from individual donations as well as corporate partners, and then uses those funds to address a variety of needs identified within the community.
“Having a team in place to manage programs like this affords us greater freedom in giving back,” Redoutey said. “It helps us empower local people to address local needs.”