FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2011

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

United Way of Dane County 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.

“Together 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 1,500 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. (see attached)

Also announced at Celebration, was the winner of the Lexus Sweepstakes. Starr Burke from The Management Group won a 2011 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 and Verona 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.”

Our community’s Agenda for Change

• Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
• Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.
• There is a decrease in family homelessness.
• There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.
• People’s health issues are indentified and treated early.
• Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.
• Strong nonprofits and increased volunteerism create measurable results.

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is creating real, long-lasting solutions through the Agenda for Change, the seven goals identified by the community as most critical.
By targeting specific goals, United Way is able to forge partnerships, focus resources and unite the community to tackle the root causes of problems. We’re changing the way our community operates by uniting people to create a lasting impact.

(Companies with 100 or More Employees)

Community Impact Award:
Recognizes organizations for having the largest total giving to the campaign.

1. American Family Insurance
2. Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods
UFCW Local 538 and Teamsters Local 695
3. CUNA Mutual Group
4. Alliant Energy
IBEW Local 965
5. WPS Health Insurance

Community Growth Award:
Recognizes organizations that have the largest percent increase in the number of new donors.

1. Coca-Cola Bottling Company
2. Jon Lancaster
3. Stoughton Trailers, LLC

Community Chest Award:
Recognizes organizations that generate the largest percentage increase in employee giving.

1. Royle Printing
2. Suttle Straus, Inc.
3. Stoughton Trailers, LLC

Employee Engagement Award:
Recognizes organizations with the highest percentage of participation in their employee campaign.

1. Jon Lancaster
2. Johnson Bank
3. Zimbrick, Inc.

Employee Leadership Award:
Recognizes companies that have the largest average gift per employee.

1. Foley & Lardner, LLP
2. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
3. Employee Benefits Corporation

Red Feather Award
Recognizes organizations that have the largest dollar increases in their employee campaigns.

1. American Family Insurance
2. Total Administrative Services Corporation
3. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Innovation Award:
Celebrates one organization’s commitment to raising awareness and resources during campaign. Past winners have found ways to increase participation, retention and the undesignated support that helps us advance the Agenda for Change. They make leadership giving a priority, and for these inventive organizations, the Campaign Best Practices are just a starting point.

UW Credit Union