2016 campaign recap + Investing in health programs

As you are probably aware by now, we concluded the 2016 Heart of Missouri United Way campaign about six weeks ago with exciting news that we exceeded our $3 million goal! With a total of $3,007,109 raised, we thank you for your support and look forward to continuing the fight against poverty in our community in 2017.

While dollar goals are an historic and important part of our campaign, there are other barometers we consider in gauging the community’s support of our efforts. These include Pacesetter campaigns, Leadership Circle donors and our top 10 fundraising companies. Our top 10 fundraising companies are:

  • University of Missouri
  • Veterans United Home Loans
  • Shelter Insurance
  • Landmark Bank
  • JES Holdings LLC
  • 3M
  • Columbia Public Schools
  • Central Bank of Boone County
  • Boone Hospital Center
  • Columbia Insurance Group
  • Joe Machens (all dealerships combined)

We saw incredible increases in giving and engagement across these three areas. Check out the statistics below for a recap of these campaign successes!

And while we’re on the subject of donations, you may be aware that 2017 marks the beginning of the grant cycle for local health agencies. United Way volunteers are close to determining which health agencies will receive funding raised during the 2016 campaign.

United Way operates on a three-year grant cycle, alternating between the funded areas of education, health and income (financial stability), and a two-year grant cycle for safety net (basic needs). United Way currently funds programs and services offered by 33 local agencies across these four areas, including eight agencies in health.

In December, 16 agencies submitted their requests for United Way funding to support one or more of their health programs. These programs help those in need access physical, mental and dental health care; avoid substance abuse, smoking and teen pregnancy; and live healthy, active lifestyles. We are proud of the partnership trust demonstrated by this large number of requests, which also shows the significant need for these services in our community.

The dedicated volunteers who have been reviewing the funding requests since January have faced the tough challenge of recommending which agency programs to fund. The United Way Board of Directors will review and vote on those recommendations in April, so stay tuned for important updates. We are confident that our investment of your monetary support will have a huge impact on our community!

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