“I am so appreciative of the people and companies in our community who have supported the good work of United Way in the face of very difficult economic times,” said Steve Krull, 2008 campaign chair and Owens Corning senior vice president, secretary, & general counsel.
According to United Way, several workplace campaigns stepped up in a big way this year including:
•BP, a company that didn’t run a campaign last year because they were retrofitting their plant, raised more than $175,000 in 2008;
•Libbey, Inc. and HCR Manor Care, raising $337,000 and $231,211, respectively.
•O-I, who increased their employee campaign by 11 percent, including a dollar-for-dollar corporate match and in some cases, a $1.25 match for leadership gifts;
•Smucker’s, whose campaign increased by $23,787 (55 percent);
•Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, who surpassed their goal by 10 percent; and
•Glass City Federal Credit Union, whose employee campaign saw an increase of 23 percent.
Also adding campaign dollars was the $50,000 New Donor Challenge, sponsored by Owens Corning, which raised $680,000 and the $25,000 Small Business Challenge, sponsored by The Blade, which raised nearly $133,000.
Bill Kitson, United Way of Greater Toledo president & CEO, cautions that some difficult decisions are ahead of us.
“We’re thrilled our community was able to give as much as they did,” Kitson said, “but the reality is we raised less than we did last year. Like any business facing these difficult times, we will have to make challenging budget decisions.”
Money raised in the 2008 Campaign will be invested in United Way ’s recently launched Agenda for Change, which focuses on education, income, & health. For more information, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org/agenda and read the full plan.