Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, March 15, 2019

Matthews recognized for Partners in Giving efforts

Marjorie Matthews, left, and Phyllis Fuller Marjorie Matthews, left, and Phyllis Fuller

Marjorie Matthews was honored with the Doug Palm Community Service Award for her work as the La Follette School’s Partners in Giving coordinator. Matthews joined the La Follette School in 2011 and serves as a university services associate.

The annual Partners in Giving campaign is a collaboration between the state of Wisconsin, the University, and UW Health. Employees in Dane County work together to raise money for charity. Last fall Partners in Giving celebrated its 45th year (see La Follette School photo at 0:26).

UW Police Chief Kristen Roman, who served as co-chair of UW–Madison’s Partners in Giving 2018 campaign welcomed guests to the volunteer awards ceremony. Partners in Giving has raised $80 million to date. “It’s a sign of success owed to our volunteers,” Roman said. “Today I am honored to join you in recognizing these volunteers.”

The Doug Palm Community Service Award is awarded to a volunteer demonstrating creativity, resourcefulness, enthusiasm, integrity, and outstanding achievement.

Tammy Kuhn Martin of the College of Engineering, who serves on the Partners in Giving Board, presented the award to Matthews. Reading from the nomination, she stated, “Marjorie fills this role [of coordinator] with passion and flare like none other. In addition to solidifying up to $10,000 of matching donation funds from anonymous faculty donors, Marjorie also spearheaded a schoolwide ‘Penny War’ with the La Follette School Student Association.

“She helped the faculty/staff with strategy, purchasing rolls of pennies to contribute to the ‘war effort,’ and donated her time to diligently monitor the monies raised by the Penny War.”

Through the Penny Way, the La Follette School raised nearly $600 from spare change, much of it thanks to Matthews’ enthusiasm and encouragement. The La Follette School’s total, including the matched funds she helped secure, was nearly $14,000, an outstanding achievement for such a small unit.

Kuhn Martin also thanked Matthews personally for her many years of service, highlighting her willingness to always help train new coordinators.