Donations to United Way of Champaign County are up more than 4%, with the latest campaign (2011) raising $3,473,893. The United Way Board of Directors set a goal back in the fall of $3.3 million. With an 11.2% increase over the last 4 years, this speaks volumes about our community’s incredible willingness to help others in need. View a video of the press conference.
2011 Campaign Co-Chair Lynne Barnes said, “A successful United Way campaign results in a healthier community in 2012. We finished our local campaign strong and demonstrated that Champaign County businesses and residents respond when called to action.”
While we have seen an increase in donations, we continue to see increases in the need for human care services throughout the county. Higher numbers of people living at or below poverty results in more people needing access to food pantries and seeking other income supplements, waiting lists at the local shelters and increasing numbers of homeless school children.
Last month we released information on our Community Investment Package totaling over $2.8 million and discussed our newly adopted community goals: Community Basics, Education, Health & Well-Being and Financial Stability. We are investing our time and resources to ensure we are being the best possible stewards of our donor dollars.
“Our agencies do everything possible to get beyond band-aids into long-term solutions that address problems early and this funding is critical for that work,” said Tony Clements; 2011 Campaign Co-Chair.
Through the generous gifts to our Community Impact Fund, we are able to fund 37 local non-profits and 67 programs and initiatives like our Kindergarten Readiness Initiative, Dental Clinic Initiative and working towards a new initiative on Emergency Family Shelter.
“We are very encouraged to see how this community has come together to support those in need,” said Lyn Jones; President/CEO United Way of Champaign County. “We live, work, play and innovate in one of the greatest communities in the country, and we are blessed to have philanthropic-minded individuals, companies, organizations and agencies who give of their time and resources to build a stronger community for all.”
Additional dollars raised from the Community Impact Fund will be allocated through a request for proposal and/or to support community impact initiatives.
Top Workplace Campaigns giving in 2011 are:
- University of Illinois
Carle Foundation Hospital
City of Champaign
Coventry Health Care
The Downey Group
Caterpillar Logistic Services
Provena Covenant Medical Center
Those business campaigns with 100% employee participation are:
- BankChampaign, N.A.
- Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates
- RK Dixon
Those workplaces with significant campaign increases are:
- Board of Certified Safety Professionals increased by 35% over last year
- Busey Bank with over $14,00 in new dollars
- Carle Foundation Hospital increased 199 donors over last year
- Human Kinetics 123% increase in their overall campaign total and increased participation by 12%
- Meijer-Urbana with 32 new donors and 42% increase
- O’Brien Auto Park with a 43% increase over last year
- Coventry Health Care with 54% participation and a 21% increase over last year
- Provena Covenant Medical Center increased by 31% over last with 36 new donors
- The News-Gazette increased by 294% with 52 new donors
New and Renewed Workplace Campaigns in 2011 are:
- American Oil Chemist Society
- Applied Research Associates
- Benefit Planning Consultants
- Champaign Country Club
- Rantoul City Schools
- Soy Capital Bank & Trust
- State Farm Research
- Thomasboro School District