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Donors give $16M for United Way campaign

Staff Report
Published Nov. 8, 2012

More than 36,000 donors set a new record by contributing more than $16 million for the United Way of Greenville County campaign this fall.

The annual United Way community campaign, which began this summer with more than 700 companies and 1,300 volunteers on board, ended Thursday with a total of $16,021,264 raised, the volunteers announced at the TD Convention Center.

The $16 million raised surpasses the organization’s campaign goal of $15.8 million and represents an $800,000, or 5%, increase over last year’s fundraising total of $15.2 million.

“We are inspired once again by the generous commitment made to our community this year by United Way donors,” Campaign Chair Jim Bourey of Elliott Davis said in a news release. “Their gifts will help people every day in so many ways, in addition to making our community stronger in the future.”

Currently, 87 local programs rely on United Way funding for food, housing, youth development programs and crisis counseling, among others.

Campaign contributions also fund United Way strategies designed to reduce the future level of need in Greenville County, focusing on three priority areas: school readiness for young children, high school graduation for youth and financial stability for all families in the community.

Last year, programs and initiatives funded by United Way of Greenville County affected approximately 114,000 people.

Fluor Corp. and Michelin North America both went over the $1 million mark in employee contributions. When corporate gifts are included, Fluor finished with $1.6 million and Michelin came in at more than $1.5 million. The Greenville Hospital System also hit the $1 million mark in employee contributions.

“To have that level of philanthropic leadership from those three outstanding organizations is amazing, but what makes this campaign so successful from year to year is the support we get from the entire community — from big businesses and small companies to our nonprofit partners and the public schools,” Bourey said.

Other notable campaigns

  • Nutra Manufacturing Inc., whose employee and corporate giving totaled $258,259, a 34% increase.
  • Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. contributed $152,763, a 31% increase.
  • TD Bank contributed $162,695, a 25% increase.
  • UBS contributed $66,681, a 12% increase.
  • Greenville County Schools contributed $563,902, a 7% increase.
  • GE Energy contributed $853,982, a 6% increase.
  • Baldor Electric Co. contributed $171,043, a 6% increase.
  • 3M Co. contributed $177,384, a 5% increase.
  • US&S contributed $7,920 as a first-time campaign.
  • Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. Realtors dedicated its campaign this year in memory of long-time United Way volunteer and supporter C. Dan Joyner, who passed away earlier this year. Employees contributed $75,909, for a 16% increase over last year.

Members of the public can donate here.