United Way of Greater Cincinnati topped its 2016 goal to raise $62.1 million, projecting a final total of $62,115,000. The funds raised will support 2017 strategic initiatives and programs throughout United Way’s 10-county region.
“Many organizations and individuals increased their gifts to meet this goal, and I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s campaign,” said Ted Torbeck, campaign chair and CEO of Cincinnati Bell. “We did this together.”
Torbeck announced the result to more than 650 volunteers, donors, advocates, agency and community partners, and staff attending the Oct. 28 finale luncheon at Duke Energy Convention Center.
“Reaching this goal is a shining example of our community coming together to create life-changing moments for individuals and families,” said Robert C. Reifsnyder, president of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We are committed to ensuring children get off to a strong start and achieve success in school, helping families build financial stability and providing people with the ability to live healthier lives.”
Campaign results by geographic area are:
Northern Kentucky, $4,424,998, chaired by Andrew T. Hawking, regional president, BB&T.
Eastern Area (Clermont/Brown counties), $1,507,564, chaired by David C. McNutt, senior vice president, American Modern Insurance Group.
Middletown Area, $1,350,256, chaired by Anita Scott Jones, hospital relations manager/community outreach, Atrium Medical Center.
Dearborn and Ohio counties, $109,443.
Major gifts provided a boost to the fund drive. The campaign total includes gifts from one new Million Dollar Roundtable member, one new member of the William Cooper Procter Roundtable ($500,000), and four new members of the Frederick A. Geier Roundtable ($250,000). More than 11 new members joined United Way’s Centennial Society (gifts of $25,000), and 80 new members joined the Tocqueville Society ($10,000 or more).
The Vora Group was recognized as the top new business participant in the campaign, with P&G once again holding the No. 1 spot among the Top 25 supporters and Katz Teller the No. 1 Tremendous 25 supporter (the 25 highest per-capita giving companies with at least 25 employees and 55 percent participation).
Among WOW Campaigns recognized for incredible achievement, AdvancePierre Foods was highlighted. The Top New Business supporter for 2015 increased its campaign contribution from $85,000 in 2015 to $258,000 this year.
United Way and the Health Collaborative partnered in the 2016 Step Up Challenge to benefit Gen-H, a communitywide health agenda. A total of 19 companies participated to raise $229,500 for Gen-H. Michelman was the winner among companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, and GE won among companies with more than 1,000.
A volunteer, Randy Dunham, received the Clement L. Buenger Award for Leadership in Education. Dunham serves as the treasurer of GRAD Cincinnati and has helped raise more than $50,000 in donations and sponsorships to support GRAD scholarships and programs
LyondellBasell received the Corporate Heroes award for the highest per-capita number of volunteer hours accumulated for a company with 10-199 employees, EY was honored for a company with 200-499 employees and Ethicon for a company with more than 500 employees.
Gary T. “Doc” Huffman, president and CEO of Ohio National Financial Services, will chair the 2017 campaign.