2017 Victory Celebration



United Way Campaign cabinet volunteers and staff thank Greater Lafayette community as they exceed their goal their $5.25m, raising $5,252,525!


Lafayette, Ind. – Campaign volunteers and community members gathered today at Carnahan Hall to celebrate the culmination of the 2017 Campaign season. The Victory celebration included highlights from the campaign, recognition of campaign leadership and volunteers, live entertainment, and the final reveal of dollars raised for the community.

Campaign Chair, Dr.  Bob Hagen with Debbie Hagen

The campaign cabinet spent much of their time traveling from company to company, visiting with CEOs, explaining United Way’s impact on the community and how they can get involved. This year the cabinet had the honor of visiting principals of local schools as well as deans at Purdue University.

The theme “United We Fight, United We Win” asked the community “What do you fight for?” and gave a nod to local community heroes who have benefited from United Way initiatives who now serve our community in various ways.

Dollars raised during the campaign fund community partners and initiatives that support work along the cradle to career continuum. Exceeding the goal allows United Way to continue providing funding for its current partner organizations and examine ways in which it can expand its work to continuously improve lives in Greater Lafayette.

United Way CEO, Michael Budd, discussed the campaign progress and the impact of its success on the community. United Way is looking to expand its work along the Cradle to Career Continuum and is especially interested in increasing efforts surrounding community challenges in the mental health arena.

United Way of Greater Lafayette extends gratitude to its corporate sponsors who underwrite campaign events and give above and beyond their usual campaign contributions including:


·       The Journal & Courier

·       Neuhoff Media

·       WLFI TV-18



Campaign Progress by Division



Purdue University                                                       $785,986

                                Commerce                                                                  $783,502                    

          Contractor/Tippecanoe Building Trades                  $45,970          

Health Services                                                           $217,285

Industry & Union                                                       $2,886,211

Professional                                                                $123,127

Public Service                                                             $220,345

Special Gifts                                                                $189,520


                                                            Total Gifts:               $5,252,525

                                                                     Goal:               $5,250,000


About United Way of Greater Lafayette: United Way of Greater Lafayette is on a mission to empower every person in this community to find their path to success from Cradle to Career.  At United Way, we are more than fundraisers, we are the hand-raisers.  We look for the community’s toughest challenges and bring people together to develop long-lasting impactful solutions. We believe that everyone can play a role in impacting the community.  United we win!