United Way of Greater Milwaukee announced that it raised $52,826,484 in its annual community campaign this year, exceeding its $52.5 million projected goal. United Way officials say they raised $1.2 million more than the $51,671,080 raised in 2012, for a 2.4% increase.
The community’s generous support will allow United Way of Greater Milwaukee to impact 1 in 4 people throughout Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties each year by strategically funding 160+ programs in Education, Income and Health at over 80 agency program partners.
“This is a wonderful achievement – we set an ambitious goal to help meet the growing needs in our community and Greater Milwaukee has generously responded,” said Linda Benfield, Managing Partner Milwaukee Office, Foley & Lardner LLP and a 2013 Community Campaign co-chair. “Thanks to the people of this community, United Way will be able to invest in programs to improve the educational outcomes for our young people.”
“Thank you to everyone who made United Way a priority this year and helped us raise this critical funding,” said Greg Oberland, Executive Vice President, Products, Sales & Marketing, Northwestern Mutual, and a 2013 Community Campaign co-chair. “The money raised will help us ensure more families and individuals achieve financial stability and reduce barriers to employment.”
“We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished. We all have a stake in creating a healthy and prosperous community,” said Brad Chapin, Executive Vice President, U.S. Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank, and a 2013 Community Campaign co-chair. “The community support will help us reach our goal to reduce Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate by 10% and the African American infant mortality rate by 15% by 2017.”
“As we celebrate our accomplishments as a community, we know that our work does not end here,” said Steve Roell, retired president and CEO of Johnson Controls, Inc. and United Way Chairman of the Board. “There is still much to do, and we will ensure that donor dollars are at work in our community, solving problems and helping people.”
· Johnson Controls set a new record, again achieving the largest annual combined workplace campaign total in United Way’s 104-year history, raising $6 million and surpassing last year’s company record total of $5.5 million.
· Nine local companies contributed over $1 million in employee gifts and corporate support, with each company increasing their contribution over 2012.
· Northwestern Mutual raised $4.1 million and increased their leadership giving for the fifth consecutive year.
· Fiduciary Management, Inc. exceeded the $2 million mark for the first time this year.
· United Way secured a $1.7 million challenge grant for a second year through the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership from the five leading hospital systems (Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary’s, Froedtert Health and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare) to help expand primary care to underserved and vulnerable populations.
· The Give & WinTM Sweepstakes was a huge success. This year 11,896 donors qualified at the $25 level and 8,757 qualified at the $50 level with four winners drawn at random.