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October 31, 2014

United Way Campaign Results Announced At Finale Celebration

Raising a ruckus with the clanging of cowbells, a cheering crowd celebrated the $61 million raised by the community in United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 2014 campaign.

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"Thanks to the tremendous generosity of those in our region, our campaign results represent continuing strong support for critical programs and strategic initiatives essential to achieve the Bold Goals,” said United Way campaign chair James L. Wainscott, chairman, president and CEO of AK Steel. “It’s been a privilege for me to chair United Way’s 99th campaign and meet so many people who help make the Greater Cincinnati area a vibrant place to live and work. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s campaign, to our campaign cabinet volunteers and the United Way staff.”

 See the Corporate Leaders of the 2014 United Way Campaign

Thank You for helping make real change

Wainscott announced the result October 30 to more than 800 energetic volunteers, donors, advocates, agency and community partners, and staff attending the finale luncheon at Duke Energy Center.

“Our community has made tremendous progress in providing quality starts for young children and increasing family financial stability. United Way is very proud of the gains that have been made, gains that result from the incredible generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers throughout our region,” said Rob Reifsnyder, United Way president. “Whether you contributed a major gift or a dollar a week, we thank you for helping us sustain these gains.”

Accelerating Progress

Wainscott also helped United Way introduce a new Accelerator Fund that allows donors to make targeted, multi-year investments in proven strategies designed to produce lasting change. To date, more than $1.1 million has been committed to the fund by:

  • AK Steel

  • Atrium Medical Center

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • Convergys Corporation

  • Drees Homes

  • Thomas J. Emery Memorial Trust

  • Duke Energy

  • Farmer Family Foundation

  • Fifth Third Bank

  • GE Aviation

  • The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

  • Interact for Health

  • Macy’s Inc.

  • Ohio National Financial Services

  • Peterloon Foundation

  • PNC Bank

  • Towne Properties

  • UC Health

  • University of Cincinnati

  • James L. and Darla S. Wainscott

To date, United Way’s Tocqueville Society and Women’s Leadership Council (donors of $10,000 or more) have attracted 101 and 22 new members respectively. The Herbert R. Brown Society has gained 37 new members and United Way Emerging Leaders 243. More than 410 young professionals have registered with United Way’s new millennial group, LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change).

Still work to be done, And opportunity to make an impact

As is the case every year, the dollar total announced includes contributions already turned in or reported, as well as estimated or conservative projected final figures on a number of campaigns still underway. About 80 percent of the campaign has been processed or officially reported. The remaining amount is projected and must be finalized in the next few months.

“It’s important to realize that there’s still time left to make an impact. Companies and individuals who haven’t finished their campaigns or pledged yet still have the opportunity to do so,” Reifsnyder said. “If there are individuals in workplaces that don’t have United Way campaigns, our new website makes it easy to contribute a one-time donation or set up a monthly recurring gift.