This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Since 1994, USC faculty, staff, and friends have been coming together every October to help USC be a good neighbor. In all, they have donated more than $17.7 million dollars in support of university-community partnerships. 100% of contributions are distributed via USC Good Neighbors grants (formerly USC Neighborhood Outreach or UNO). Supported partnerships strive to enhance educational opportunities, promote health and fitness, enhance public safety, and support economic development. Nearly 550 grants have been given to community organizations to enhance educational opportunities, promote good health and fitness, support economic development, and improve safety.


September 16, 2014

President’s Leadership Circle gala celebrates Trojan generosity

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias welcomed the President’s Leadership Circle — the most generous employee donors to the 2013 USC Good Neighbors Campaign — to a celebratory dinner at their San Marino home.

Now in its 20th year, the President’s Leadership Circle is a group of employees who have pledged 1 percent or more of their salaries to the previous year’s Good Neighbors Campaign, the university’s annual fundraiser in support of university-community partnerships.

“You embody all that is excellent about USC and about our continued commitment to our surrounding communities,” Nikias told the donors.

“Your support helps provide medical services and cultural enrichment as well as educational opportunities for young students … students who might otherwise not have access to life-changing, life-enhancing experiences.”

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Neighbors Campaign, which supports programs in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Science campuses.

Last year, more than 500 employees contributed a total of $700,000 toward the record-setting tally of $1.7 million. This year’s campaign begins on Oct. 1.

Over the years, the campaign has raised more than $17.7 million — with 100 percent of proceeds funding nearly 600 community partnerships, including the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, FitFamilies and the USC Thornton Outreach Program.

Nikias encouraged donors to raise the overall total to $19.7 million.

“I hope you will share your enthusiasm for the Good Neighbors Campaign with others and help us achieve this year’s goal, which is more ambitious than ever, in recognition of our 20th anniversary: $2 million for 20 years.”

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April 9, 2014

1.7 million reasons to celebrate good neighbors

More than 5,500 Trojan faculty and staff raised $1.7 million in last fall’s 19th annual USC Good Neighbors Campaign (GNC).

Since 1994, USC faculty and staff have helped the communities around the university to thrive through the fundraising drive.

In all, GNC donors have contributed more than $17.7 million to the campaign, funding more than 551 partnerships around the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.

One hundred percent of the funds raised each year support university-community based partnerships that serve the residents of South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

“USC’s faculty and staff take tremendous pride in our community partnerships, so it’s no surprise that the Trojan Family exceeded [the] goal,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “In strengthening our connections with our local neighborhoods, we build exceptional programs that benefit everyone, while bringing additional creativity and intellectual curiosity to our campuses.” more here


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