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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.