More than $37 Million Raised for
Greater Kansas City
The awards show-themed Victory Celebration was hosted by Kansas City comedian David Naster and featured interviews with families who have worked with United Way partner agencies including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, Children’s Mercy Hospital, CASA and more.
Highlight of the awards presentation was the “Excellence in Employee Campaign Management Award”, given to the employee at each company who led the organization’s campaign activities. This year’s winners included:
Small Company (1-99 employees):
Gina Riekhof of Gilmore and Bell –
The United Way campaign led by Riekhof excelled in all categories, including a 24% increase in employee giving, a 53% increase in leadership giving and a 110% increase in the total amount of funds raised.
Medium Company (100-999 employees):
Brooke Yoder and Lisa Cambridge of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences –
“Bringing It Home” was the theme of the KCUMB campaign, focusing on United Way agencies serving the families in their neighborhood. Yoder and Cambridge created a campaign that included hosting a trick-or-treat Halloween event for the children at Della Lamb and a variety of special events and incentives for giving.
Large Company (1,000 or more employees):
Rebecca Caldwell of Sprint –
Under Caldwell’s leadership this year, Sprint became only the second company in Kansas City to reach the $2 million mark, a 12% increase over
the amount raised by Sprint employees last year and a 16% increase in employee giving. Every department hosted its own fund-raising events, and a Sprint family told their personal story of the help they’ve received from United Way agencies.
Other award winners included:
Excellence in Executive Support
Small Company – Jeff Mallin of Mallin Brothers – The percentage of employees participating in Mallin Brothers’ campaign this year did not increase, since the company was already at 100% participation and met that goal again this year. Under Mallin’s leadership, employees increased the total amount raised by more than 8%.
Medium Company – Dennis Pierce of CommunityAmerica – Pierce promised an increase in the corporate gift to United Way if employees would also increase their gift, and his challenge succeeded. Under his leadership, employee giving increased by more than 10% and the corporate gift from CommunityAmerica increased to $25,000.
Large Company – Len Rodman of Black & Veatch – Under Rodman’s leadership, Black & Veatch again surpassed the million-dollar mark this year, increasing the total amount raised by 13%, to $1,271,098. The company also increased its corporate gift by more than 14%.
Excellence in Leadership Giving
Small Company – Cereal Food Processors – A strong focus on the needs of our community led Cereal Food Processors to an increased campaign for the fourth year in a row, including a 13% increase in the amount of leadership gifts raised.
Medium Company – Polsinelli Shugart – Innovative incentives and a strong focus on leadership giving in this year’s campaign led to a more than 25% increase in leadership gifts, making up 91% of the total amount raised at Polsinelli Shugart.
Large Company – Burns and McDonnell – The employees at Burns and Mac raised almost a million dollars ($994,506), with a 10% increase in leadership giving and 70% of the total amount raised coming from leadership gifts.
Excellence in Employee Giving
Small Company – Economic Development of Corp. of Kansas City – A wide variety of events made up EDCKC’s campaign, from tailgating to a magic show to dress up your boss day and even a volunteer outing at a local nonprofit agency. This enthusiasm led to a 74% increase in employee giving this year, and the amount of money raised for United Way doubled.
Medium Company – People’s Bank – An Olympics-themed campaign led to an increase of more than 2000% in the funds donated by People’s Bank employees this year.
Large Company – Garmin – What better way to promote a United Way campaign than with a flash mob? Garmin’s employees, led by a large and creative committee, danced their way to an 11% increase in total funds raised to continue their leadership role as one of United Way’s largest donors in Greater Kansas City.
Excellence in Employee Participation
Small Company – Power Group – An increase in employee giving of 154% put Power Group at the top of this list in this category. Competition between employee teams also led to a 20% increase in the total amount raised for United Way.
Medium Company – Argosy Casino – The number of Argosy employees who donated to this year’s campaign increased by 220%, leading to a final total more than twice as large as last year’s campaign.
Large Company – Lockton Companies – A Western theme highlighted Lockton’s campaign this year, complete with bull-riding contest. Nearly 95% of all Lockton employees donated to the campaign, which raised a total of $788,151.
A new award presented this year was the “Excellence in Collaboration” award, given jointly to Black & Veatch, Johnson County Community College, Midwest Trust Co. and Financial Counselors, Inc. The four organizations, all with locations in Johnson County, joined together to host an informational networking event to raise awareness and
encourage participation in leadership giving to United Way. (Leadership gifts are those of $1200 or more.)
Also key to the community-wide fundraising effort was the $4.35 million pledged to support local non-profit agencies by federal employees through the annual Heartland Combined Federal Campaign.
This year’s United Way campaign was kicked off in September, led by the contributions of the 10 Pacesetter companies that held early campaigns and raised a total of $4.1 million. This year’s Pacesetters included Bank of Kansas City, Garmin, Hallmark, HNTB Inc., New Directions Behavioral Health, ReDiscover, Saint Luke’s Health System, Sheraton Kansas City Hotel Crown Center and Westin Crown Center, and Waddell & Reed and Ivy Funds.
The funds raised during this year’s campaign will provide support for more than 300 health and human services programs at 145 partner nonprofit agencies throughout the metro area, as well as providing funding for United Way initiatives designed to increase access to resources in education, income and health for the less fortunate in our