United Way President & CEO Leslie Ann Howard announced today that United Way of Dane County anticipates its 2014 campaign will raise $19.6 million. This figure, which will be used to implement the community’s Agenda for Change, surpasses last year’s campaign by $1.6 million and this year’s goal by $600,000.
The success of this year’s campaign was due in large part to a $600,000 gain in corporate and individual donations and a $1 million contribution to The HIRE Initiative, reported United Way officials at today’s celebratory luncheon. The HIRE Initiative, a new Agenda for Change initiative, supports impoverished Dane County families through employment opportunities, early childhood and housing programming, and other resources.
“This year our theme was ‘We’re doing what works, help us do more,” said Jack Salzwedel, 2014 United Way Campaign Chair and Chairman and CEO of American Family Insurance, in a statement.
United Way also aims to use funds from this year’s campaign, which includes pledges already made and pledges projected for the rest of the year, to address gaps in student achievement.
Howard and other United Way officials recognized businesses at today’s event for their commitment to the 2014 campaign and the changes they make viable within Dane County. “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s results, and thank the residents and businesses in our community for their incredible generosity,” said Salzwedel. “With this record support, our United Way will transform lives and achieve the results we all want for our community,” he added.
As an organization funded by United Way, we at Simpson Street Free Press congratulate United Way and applaud their campaign's success.
[Source: United Way of Dane Country Press Release]