Partners for Change 2013
Co-chairs Paul Karch, Godfrey and Kahn, and Sverre D. Roang, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, kicked off this year’s Partners for Change campaign at the end of September, asking these law firms in Dane County to get involved in the United Way initiative at a higher level.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2013

Partners for Change initiative generates a 31% increase in donor participation for United Way Campaign

 On November 20, United Way of Dane County’s Partners for Change campaign, led by the 11 largest firms in our legal community, announced it secured pledges of over $293,800 to benefit Dane County’s Agenda for Change. Co-chairs Paul Karch, Godfrey and Kahn, and Sverre D. Roang, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, kicked off this year’s Partners for Change campaign at the end of September, asking these law firms in Dane County to get involved in the United Way initiative at a higher level.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues who joined together to change the lives of everyone in our community through this work,” said Paul Karch, Co-Chair of the Partners for Change campaign. “I am happy to see the  generosity of Dane County lawyers and am proud that we have increased the total number of donors in our law firms by 31.08%.”

More than 70 attorneys from the law firms across Dane County attended the Partners for Change reception hosted by all eleven firms and held at the Madison Club. Firms competed over the last several weeks in various categories which include: Highest percent in Leadership Giving, Highest Increase in Dollars Raised, Highest percent in Participation, and Highest Increase in Participation (See attached for a list of winners). Boardman & Clark, DeWitt Ross &  Stevens, Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, Michael Best & Friedrich, Murphy Desmond, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart  Boerner Van Deuren, Stafford Rosenbaum and Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek were all part of this competition.

“What brought the Partners for Change together was a wonderful collaboration toward a common goal. We hope that the energy and generosity shown by these firms will lead to even greater things in years to come,” said Sverre Roang, Co-Chair of the Partners for Change campaign. “While some good, old-fashioned competition helped to raise the level of engagement, the firms’ commitment to improving the communities in which we work and live really shined. As attorneys, we are always looking for more ways to reach those in need through volunteerism, donations and advocacy, and the United Way is ideally positioned to provide excellent opportunities to do all three.”

How to Get Involved

If your firm is interested in getting involved in the Partners for Change campaign, please contact Maggie Molter at 608-246-4375 or mmolter@uwdc.org.

 2013 PARTNERS FOR CHANGE TOP AWARD WINNERS

Leadership Giving Award:
Recognizes firms that have the largest average gift per employee.

  1. Whyte Hirschboeck & Dudek
  2. Michael Best & Friedrich
  3. Perkins Coie

Highest Increase in Dollars Raised Award:
Recognizes firms that generate the largest percentage increase in employee giving.

  1. Whyte Hirschboeck & Dudek
  2. Michael Best & Friedrich
  3. Perkins Coie

Highest Percent in Participation Award:
Recognizes firms that have the largest overall participation.

  1. DeWitt, Ross & Stevens
  2. Whyte Hirschboeck & Dudek
  3. Perkins Coie

Highest Growth in Rosenberry:
Recognizes firms that have the largest percent increase in the number of new Rosenberry Society members.

    Foley & Lardner- 12 new members
    Michael Best & Friedich- 12 new members
    Perkins Coie- 5 new members

About our Community’s Agenda for Change
EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • 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.

About 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.