United Way at 69% of fundraising goal
Capital Area United Way has raised just over $6.2 million this year, says CEO Darrin Goss, which is more than two-thirds of the way to its $9.05 million goal. The deadline for the current workforce campaign, which kicked off in September, has been moved up from next spring to Dec. 31. Most workplaces wrap up their efforts by early December, Goss says. "If we're going to be down, we can communicate [that fact] as early in the year next year as possible to our community partners," Goss explains. CAUW is optimistic about reversing the downward slide of recent years and at least matching last year's total of about $8.7 million. "We've had some big wins this year," Goss says. Methanex, a new company in the Capital Region, raised $70,000 in a four-day campaign, Goss says. According to Goss, CB&I employees pledged $402,000, compared to $8,000 raised last year by The Shaw Group, which was recently acquired by CB&I. Dow, BASF, LSU and Our Lady of the Lake are all trending up, according to Goss, who attributes the gains to "top-level leadership" within the companies and the work of campaign managers that "hit the ground running." Some workplace campaigns are flat or a little down, he adds. Last year, CAUW's workforce campaign was supported by about 600 area companies, which donated approximately $8.7 million. That was down from about $11 million raised by CAUW four years ago. Read Daily Report PM today for news about CAUW's plans for a new business model. —David Jacobs
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