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United Way Ranked #1 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Once again, United Way is ranked #1 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in its “Philanthropy 400” list, which was recently published.  United Way has been ranked #1 for the past several years.  United Way raised $5.14 billion in 2011-2012, reflecting $3.903 billion in the U.S. and $1.237 billion from our partners and members around the world, making United Way the world’s largest privately-supported charity.

Against a backdrop of a tough economic environment, United Way had much success.  The new data from the annual Database 2 survey show that in 2011:

  • United Way’s Current Year Support (which includes contributions from the campaign and  beyond the campaign such as government grants, gifts to initiatives, bequests, sponsorship, gifts to endowment) increased by + 0.4% in the U.S. and 3.0% worldwide.
  • In the U.S., the workplace campaign experienced a turnaround, growing 0.3% for the first time since the start of the recession in 2008.  GCL companies experienced a 2.6% increase in campaigns and raised more than $1 billion.
  • Resources Under Management—funds that United Ways have discretion over where they are invested—represented three-quarters of all contributions garnered.  These funds give United Way the greatest leverage to make progress against critical education, income and health work in the community.
  • Giving to Affinity Groups such as Women’s Leadership Councils and Young Leaders Groups grew at a double-digit rate of growth (12%), and reached a new high of $225.7 million.  Affinity Groups continue to show the importance and effectiveness of strong relationship management skills.
  • Endowment/Planned Giving increased overall by 40%.
  • The vast majority of United Ways embrace and utilize the LIVE UNITED brand asset marks, with 58% of the major market United Ways in the U.S. providing a critical threshold LIVE UNITED experience as measured on the new LIVE UNITED index.
  • Volunteer engagement continues to grow.  The number of people in the U.S. who volunteered for United Way increased 8% in 2011.

All of this was accomplished during continued tough economic times—unemployment remains high, family household income and family net worth decreased, and consumer confidence is at a near-historic low.

Locally, United Way of the CSRA raised $4,129,623 last year through the generosity of many individuals and corporate partners.  Those contributions were used to provide funding for over 40 vital health and human service programs focused on helping youth succeed, providing basic needs, strengthening families and individuals, and promoting health, wellness and safety.   Through the community’s support and the work of our 23 partner agencies, we are making a difference in the lives of local citizens every day.

We would like to thank our many donors, volunteers and partners who make all our successes possible.  Without you, we couldn’t do the wonderful things that we are able to do for our community.

Loaned Professional Training

Title: Loaned Professional Training
Location: United Way Conference Center
Description: Contact United Way at 706-724-5544 for further details on all events.
Start Date: 2013-08-19
Start Time: 8:30
End Date: 2013-08-23
End Time: 17:00

UNITED WAY RANKED AS ALL-STAR CHARITY

United Way Leads Forbes’ List As Largest U.S. Charity

United Way Worldwide today announced its selection by Forbes magazine as the largest U.S charity. In addition, United Way has been named one of “Forbes Picks: All-Star Charities,” a newly created category that reflects the organization’s dedication to quality programs, community impact and organizational efficiency.

“It is an honor for United Way and the thousands of community impact professionals working throughout our network to be recognized as a top charity for our resources, community impact, program quality and organizational efficiency,” said Stacey D. Stewart, president of United Way U.S.A.  “After 125 years of creating long-term change in communities, United Way continues to create opportunities for a better life for all throughout the United States and around the world.”

For inclusion on the Forbes list, United Way was judged based on the amount of private donations made to the organization; either by individual donors, corporations, partnerships and other nonprofits. Forbes included United Way as a financial efficiency all-star based on the overall percentage of donations used in program implementation.

 

Employee Campaign Manager Trainings

Title: Employee Campaign Manager Trainings
Location: (Locations and times to be announced.)
Description: Contact United Way at 706-724-5544 for further details on all events.
Date: 2013-08-15

Employee Campaign Manager Trainings

Title: Employee Campaign Manager Trainings
Location: (Locations and times to be announced.)
Description: Contact United Way at 706-724-5544 for further details on all events.
Date: 2013-08-06

Search the WEB and Support United Way of the CSRA!

Thank you to all the supporters of United Way of the CSRA who used goodsearch.com this past year to search the web, goodshop.com to shop online and gooddining.com to dine out.

Goodsearch has raised more than $9 million for causes like ours, and we’d love to have you help us make next year’s check much bigger.  How?  Well, the holiday season is coming and we will all be doing our fair share of shopping. Just remember to go to goodshop.com, and up to 20% of virtually everything you buy from 2,800 participating stores (from Amazon to Zazzle) will be donated to our cause.  It’s that easy.

REMEMBER goodsearch.com now and all year as your search engine choice for shopping and help United Way of the CSRA receive a bigger check next year. Happy shopping!