2012 United Way Campaign Chair and President of Oscar Mayer, Nick Meriggioli, reveals this year’s campaign total with the help of students from Falk Elementary.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2012

Over 38,000 individuals and 1,100 corporations are projected to donate to reach and exceed United Way’s campaign goal.

Today, United Way of Dane County announced it’s projecting to reach $17.6 million for its 2012 Campaign. Nick Meriggioli, 2012 United Way Campaign Chair and President of Oscar Mayer, kicked off this year’s campaign at the Days of Caring at the end of August with the announcement of a challenging goal of $17,500,000. The community responded with more than 38,000 individual and 1,100 corporate donations. The event was generously sponsored by American Family Insurance.

“Thank you to everyone who responded to our call, ‘There is Work to be Done’, opened their wallets and hearts, and made this Campaign our most successful,” said Meriggioli. “Every single dollar makes a difference in our community’s Education, Safety, and Health goals.”

More than 900 local philanthropists including community and business leaders attended the Celebration at the Monona Terrace. The event’s focus was on the impact of the work of our Agenda for Change in the lives of our youngest citizens. Thirty-five kindergarteners from Falk Elementary opened the event by reading a story, “Once There was a Community, and it loved a Little Boy,” written for and inspired by them. Later in the program, these same kindergarteners illustrated the importance of literacy and work in early childhood when they performed a story and song called, “The Turkey Tango” demonstrating how important it is for children to have fun while learning.

Businesses, local organizations, and Campaign volunteers were also recognized for their exemplary campaigns. (see attached)

United Way President & CEO Leslie Ann Howard applauded all donors and individuals who 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 lasting change in our community. We can only change the human condition with the partnership of businesses, organizations, agencies, government, local leaders and individuals within the community. Thank you.”

Also announced at Celebration, was the winner of the Lexus Sweepstakes. Andy Ylvisaker from BDO, USA won a 2012 Lexus CT200h F Sport. Ylvisaker was one of more than 12,000 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, Oscar Mayer, and WPS Health Insurance.

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

• In 2011, 2,352 children were screened through Ages and Stages, a tool used to identify children with potential developmental delays. It is currently used by 14 nonprofit organizations and all three major medical providers, and all MMSD Play and Learn sites. One-third of screenings discovers at least one potential developmental delay and refers them for early treatment avoiding more severe issues later.

• This year, more than 2,100 families remained in permanent homes and avoided the instability of homelessness thanks to United Way’s housing strategies.

• A screening and intervention tool used to identify and address anger, anxiety and depression in youth reaches 2,500 of sixth-graders in 2011 in the four major school districts in Dane County giving students a greater chance at reaching graduation through in-school behavioral intervention.

“We couldn’t have made the progress in our community that we have without our community’s help and commitment to reaching our goals,” said Meriggioli, “While we’re projecting to raise more money than last year, we still need continued support to make sure we hit that number. Dane County’s need doesn’t end today, every donation counts and has a transformational effect on lives in Dane County. If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, Please give and be part of this amazing work.”

It’s not too late to get involved in with United Way. People who are interested in supporting United Way can do so in the following ways:

To Contribute to United Way Campaign:
Give through your workplace campaign, start a workplace campaign at your organization or business, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org, call (608) 246-4350, or send contributions to United Way of Dane County, PO Box 7548, Madison WI, 53707-7548. We invite every member of the Dane County community to participate!

Volunteer throughout the year:
Visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org and click on “Volunteer Now” or call United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 246-4357.

(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
3. CUNA Mutual Group
4. Alliant Energy
IBEW Local 965
5. Madison Gas and Electric Company
IBEW Local 2304
OPEIU Local 39

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

2. Wisconsin Distributors, Inc.
3. Oakbrook Corporation

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

1. Dane County Parent Council, Inc.
SEIU Local 150
2. Stoughton Area School District
3. Franklin Fueling Systems

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

1. Johnson Bank
2. Zimbrick, Inc.
3. Strand Associates, Inc.

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

1. Sani-Matic Systems
2. Foley & Lardner LLP
3. Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

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

1. CUNA Mutual Group
3. Zimbrick, Inc.

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

Zimbrick, Inc.

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 identified and treated early.
• Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition
in Dane County.