2018 CAMPAIGN UPDATE -Last Push
United Way Campaign cabinet volunteers reach out to the community to help meet their $5.3 Million goal
November 9, 2018
Lafayette, Ind. – Campaign Cabinet volunteers and community members spent their lunch hour last Tuesday and Friday “dialing for dollars”. The group gathered at the United Way of Greater Lafayette’s office today to offer support to Campaign Chair, Tom Murtaugh in final days of the 2018 community campaign. With less than a week of campaign left, the push is on to reach the $5.3 million goal. Tuesday’s efforts launched with just over $800,000 dollars in pledges to acquire to fill the gap. Thanks to volunteer efforts and the generosity of the Greater Lafayette community, Friday’s phone bank closed with only $442,000 left to go. Here is what Tom had to say about the progress:
“I am cautiously optimistic… We have a dedicated, persistent campaign cabinet who are hitting the streets and making calls to spread the message of the UW. We have an engaged board that has stepped in to lend a hand. In addition, we are doing more UW presentations than ever before. We have been successful in initiating several brand-new company campaigns as well. I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who is working so hard for this UW campaign and our community. With just 6 days left, I would love see us raise $100,000 a day.”
All campaign divisions are reporting strong numbers which will add to the United Way’s goal to continue to help fund each partner agency’s community work as well as expand work to address emerging community challenges. Murtaugh pointed out the sentiment behind the annual campaign. “This is not United Way’s campaign. This campaign belongs to everyone in Greater Lafayette. We listen to community to understand growing needs and areas where work can be improved and then pull together resources.” Said Murtaugh, who is also a past United Way Community Investment Committee Chair. Murtaugh pointed to a recent example of this work in the opening of funding channels to address mental health, substance use disorder, and middle school and older youth development. To Murtaugh it is about more than the money raised.
“It is about saying yes to being an agent of change. It is saying yes to investing in the future of Greater Lafayette. It is saying yes to helping every member of our community succeed. We appreciate our leadership givers and could not do this work without them, but it is not only about the big gifts. Every dollar counts and every dollar is put to good use. One dollar a week contributed by several people really adds up.”
Murtaugh adds that this is an exciting one year for first-time donors and donors who are increasing their pledge. Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., every new or increased gift of $100 or more will be matched dollar for dollar.
United Way CEO, Michael Budd, applauds Murtaugh and all of the campaign volunteers for their efforts so far. “We cannot do what we do without the help of an amazing corps of volunteer leaders. These are individuals from our community who lend their time and expertise toward improving lives. As we work to close out the 2018 United Way of Greater Lafayette Campaign, I am reminded of the thousands of people here in Tippecanoe County who are touched each year by United Way and our partners. This campaign is helping our neighbors, friends, family members and even ourselves find a bright future. For our community to achieve this goal, we need everyone who cares about this work to give what they can, because every gift matters and every gift will contribute to what makes Greater Lafayette a fantastic place to live and work,” said Budd.
Dollars raised during the campaign fund community partners and initiatives that support United Way’s Cradle to Career Commitment. In pursuit of the $5,300,000, the United Way will continue to provide funding for its current partner organizations and align with others who target community needs in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and middle school/high school youth development.
United Way staff and volunteers express their gratitude towards all donors at every level. To make a pledge, please call Stephanie Patacsil at 765-742-9077 ext. 230 or visit www.uwlafayette.org/donate.
Campaign Progress by Division
Purdue University $712,647
Contractor/Tippecanoe Building Trades $50,775
Health Services $205,690
Industry & Union $2,662,615
Public Service $199,186
Special Gifts $161,603
Percentage to Goal: 92%
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!