Dane County Pledges to “Live United” by Achieving and Possibly Surpassing Campaign Goal of $16,600,000

November 17, 2011

Dane County residents prove “Together, our goals are reachable”

United Way of DaneCounty announced it’s projecting to reach its $16,600,000 and has high hopes of surpassing the goal to improve the community through the Agenda for Change.

“Dane County is standing together to end family homelessness, keep our seniors independent and safe, ensure our children are prepared and eager to learn as they enter school and so much more,” said Greg Dombrowski, Campaign Chair and President of Johnson Bank, “Your contribution to the United Way Campaign is changing lives in our community and is making sure that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, has a chance to succeed.”

Dombrowski kicked off this year’s campaign at the end of August with the announcement of a challenging goal.  The community responded with more than 38,000 individual and 1,100 corporate donations.

More than 1,000 local philanthropists, including community and business leaders, attended the Celebration at the Monona Terrace.  The focus was on achievement of the overall goal, and special attention was paid to a phenomenal effort by American Family Insurance.  Employees of the Madison-based company donated more than $1.1 million to United Way, an increase of 10%.  United Way President & CEO Leslie Ann Howard applauded American Family Insurance and the many other companies that helped reach the final goal, “Congratulations to all organizations for this incredible achievement. The generosity and out-pouring of support from Dane County is the driving force behind creating meaningful and lasting change in our community. Without the partnership of businesses, organizations, agencies, local leaders and individuals within the community we could never achieve what we have. Thank you.” Businesses & local organizations were also recognized for their exemplary campaigns.

Also announced at Celebration, was the winner of the Lexus Sweepstakes. Starr Burke from The Management Group won a2011 Lexus CT Hybrid from Lexus of Madison and Jon Lancaster Toyota Scion.  Starr was one of more than 12 thousand people eligible who were automatically entered by making a first-time donation of at least $25 or increasing their donation over last year by at least $25.  The Sweepstakes was made possible by Lexus of Madison, Jon Lancaster Toyota Scion, WPS Health Insurance and Johnson Bank.

United Way makes use of annual donations to create lasting solutions and measurable results in the community through the Agenda for Change.

  • In the past six years, tutoring initiatives have connected over 20,000 students in Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Oregon andVerona with trained volunteers ― ensuring all students succeed academically and graduate from high school.
  • 2,000 Dane County families will maintain stable housing in 2011 ― decreasing family homelessness.
  • 2,400 sixth-graders across Dane County screened to identify and address anger, trauma, anxiety and depression in youth ― assuring their health issues are identified and treated early and keeping them engaged in school.

“We couldn’t have made the progress in our community that we have without your help and commitment to reaching our goals,” said Dombrowski, “We’re projecting to raise more money than last year, but we still need your support to make sure we hit that number. Dane County’s need doesn’t end today, every dollar counts and has a transformational effect on lives in Dane County. By uniting the efforts of 103 agency partners, 264 programs, more than 38,000 donors and thousands of volunteers, we are making real, measurable progress in creating change in Dane County. Together, our goals are reachable.”