For the second year in a row, United Way of Allen County projects that it will break the $5 million mark in fundraising through its annual campaign.
Although fundraising continues, United Way officials estimate that the community campaign will raise about $5 million. This year's total is the second consecutive year of results over the thresh hold of $5 million, the organization said in a news release.
United Way of Allen County President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Stephenson and Campaign Chair Chris Sosebee announced community campaign results at a celebration breakfast Thursday at the Grand Wayne Center.
More than 250 workplace campaigns and 12,000 donors contributed to United Way's annual Community Campaign. Additionally, the Robert Goldstine Foundation contributed a grant which matched net new or increased leadership level giving of $1,000 or more. Since 2008, leadership level donors have been on the decline; however, this incentive gift helped increase giving by more than 50 new donors and $60,000, the organization said.
Donations to United Way support community outcomes in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs. In addition to supporting services at 34 agency partners, United Way's Community Campaign funds initiatives and programs within the organization, such as early childhood education programs and 2-1-1 Services. To make the most long-term impact, United Way officials said, partnerships are focused on creating opportunities for a good education, economic stability and independence, and basic needs, such as food, shelter, and access to healthcare.
•BF Goodrich Tire Mfg./United Steel Workers Local 715 earned United Way of Allen County's top workplace campaign honor, the Spirit of Giving award. They increased employee participation and their corporate gift, adding more than $15,000 to their workplace campaign in 2012-13.
•Cornerstone awards are given to companies that have at least 65 percent employee participation, follow campaign best practices and experience growth in their campaign. The winners are 1st Source Bank, Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana/Allen County Council on Aging, Baden Retirement Plan Services, Ferguson Advertising, GE Power Conversion, iAB Financial Bank, Lake City Bank, Leonard J. Andorfer & Co., MLK Montessori School, Seven-Up American Bottling Company, Summit Brands & Pro Products, the Bair CPA Group and UPS.
•The Pillar of Support awards are earned by companies that have at least 50 percent employee participation, have campaign growth and also follow best practices. Those companies and organizations are Allen County Public Library, Baden, Gage & Schroeder, BF Goodrich Tire Mfg./USW Local 715, BKD LLP, Comcast Cablevision, Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Do it Best Corp., Fort Wayne Convention & Visitors Bureau, Fort Wayne Metals, GM/FWA Truck Assembly Plant/UAW Local 2209, Hylant Group Inc., Indiana Stamp, Irmscher Inc., Meijer Inc., O'Daniel Automotive Group Inc., Old National Insurance, Summit Reinsurance Services, Swiss Re Life & Health America, Tower Bank and Visiting Nurse.
•Outstanding Campaign Committee was earned by GM/FWA Truck Assembly Plant/UAW Local 2209.
•Most Improved Campaign went to Park Center and GAI Consultants Inc.
•Outstanding Agency Partner award was earned by Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana/Allen County Council on Aging.
•Ben Schlicther of Frontier Communications and Mark Searles of Erie Insurance were honored with the Golden Paintbrush Award for outstanding service during the 2012 Day of Caring. Lisa Goodman, Bruce Menshy of Raytheon, and Chris Sosebee of Weigand Construction were honored as the top Workplace Campaign Ambassadors.