Wendy Reuer, Published February 01 2013
United Way surpasses 2012 fundraising goal of $5.1M
$5.1 million, officials said Friday.
The capital campaign collected $5,121,724, said Michelle Killoran, 2012 campaign chairwoman and Scheels CFO.
“This celebration is about people,” she said Friday. “It’s about our community uniting and working together to accomplish something.”
The total surpasses the 2011 campaign, which raised $5,010,429, a 2.2 percent increase from the 2010 campaign.
Campaign funds will be invested locally in 43 nonprofits and 75 local programs.
“We connect people to people, needs to resources, experts to advocates that get real commitment from individuals and organizations across the country,” said Sherri Thomsen, United Way of Cass-Clay president.
Programs that can fulfill basic needs of children and families such as emergency shelters and legal and caregiver services are supplemented by the United Way funds. Child development, counseling and mental health programs also receive United Way funding.
Sixty-eight percent of the money raised this year came from 13,000 private donors, 28 percent was from corporate donations and 4 percent was raised by special events.
The first local United Way campaign was conducted in 1927. The then-titled Community Chest campaign surpassed its goal of $60,000 and raised $68,397 for 13 human service agencies.
Thomsen said the United Way’s annual meeting March 28. Some strategic changes planned for the 2013 campaign are expected to be discussed.
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