Caring Community Helps United Way Meet Campaign Goal

 The United Way of Champaign County Campaign Co-Chairs and Board of Directors announced today that the organization has exceeded their $3.3 million campaign goal and finalized the 2012 campaign. Donations to United Way totaled $3,486,000, a new record high for the organization.
“We knew that $3.3 million would be a challenge. As they do every year, the community responded generously to support those in need,” said Donna Greene, 2012 campaign co-chair. Jennifer Vallowe, co-chair, said, “This year’s strong campaign result shows United Way’s Community Goals of Education, Health & Well-Being, Financial Stability and Community Basics are a priority for Champaign County citizens.” Employees from over 230 businesses participated in workplace giving campaigns.

United Way of Champaign County has met their campaign goal for six years in a row. “Exceeding goal enables United Way to expand their community impact work to help more people than ever before. It allows them to invest in innovative initiatives that look to solve pressing community needs, such as the Emergency Shelter for Families pilot program.” said Vallowe. Previously, the community had no shelter for families who wished to stay together when homeless.

United Way President & CEO Sue Grey said, “For the past three years, we have received very generous one-time corporate gifts in support of our initiative work. These gifts have allowed our campaign to reach new heights while investing in successful initiatives in the community such as: the Frances Nelson Dental Clinic, Emergency Shelter for Families pilot program, Ready. Set. GROW! Young Children’s Expo, and many others that are currently in the works.”The support does not stop with corporations.

Corporate demonstrations of support have inspired community members to give as well. Pillars (donors who give $500 or more yearly) continue to be the cornerstone of the campaign. This year Pillars contributed 57%, or just under $2 million, of the campaign total. “We are grateful for over 500 Pillar Plus donors who increased their giving by 10% or more this year,” said Greene.

During the last funding cycle, local programs requested over $4 million in funding. “We know the community’s needs are still not fully met,” said Grey. “At United Way we work tirelessly to raise more funds for our community each year so eventually, we can fund all requests that align with our community goals.”

United Way hopes that giving will continue to reach new heights in the coming years. Grey said, “As we see signs of economic improvement locally, we are optimistic that campaigns will grow and we will continue to be at the forefront of wonderful initiatives. The yearly support of thousands of caring people helps make our community a better and brighter place.”

“It has been an honor to serve our community as campaign co-chairs and fundraise for programs and initiatives that are working towards solutions – not band-aids - to the pressing issues in our community. We would like to thank all individuals who gave for investing in this place we all call home.” Vallowe said.

The 2013 Campaign Co-Chairs will be announced around August 1. United Way plans to kick off the 2013 campaign on August 29.

Top 20 Workplace Campaigns (Total dollars raised)  

1.       Carle Foundation Hospital
2.       University of Illinois
3.       Busey Bank
4.       Christie Clinic
5.       City of Champaign
6.       Intel Corporation
7.       Kraft Foods
8.       AmerenIP
9.       Jeld-Wen
10.    Parkland College
11.    The Downey Group, Inc.
12.    Caterpillar Logistics Services
13.    C-U Mass Transit District
14.    BankChampaign, N.A.
15.    Martin, Hood, Friese & Assoc., LLP
16.    LyondellBasell
17.    Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley Co
18.    Presence Covenant Medical Center
19.    Combined Federal Campaign
20.    The News-Gazette

 Campaign Highlights

o    Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District increased employee giving by 38%
o    LyondellBasell (Tuscola, IL) had a record campaign year, increasing employee giving by 150%
o    O’Brien Auto Park increased their campaign total by 51%
o    Schnucks Stores held a friendly competition between the three local stores to increase participation, raising a combined $38,000.
o    Labor Unions increased their United Way giving by 13% and a record number of Unions gave this past year