Investing for Impact
How can you invest your money for the most impact in your community? Learn about the Heart of Missouri United way process for agency verification with proper guidelines and documentation. Learn how community impact investments actually work.
Leadership Circle & Alexis de Tocqueville
The national United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society was founded in 1984 in order to deepen the understanding, commitment, and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors. Locally, Bo Fraser, Ann and Stan Kroenke, Greg and Virginia Mattli, Dan Stubler, and an anonymous donor established our Society in 1999.
The University of Missouri gives you the option of simply donating online
University of Missouri Employees
Pacesetters are local companies and partner agencies that commit to completing early, high-performing fundraising campaigns for Heart of Missouri United Way. This prestigious group sets the pace early for the overall community campaign and motivates other companies to take initiative in raising funds to address needs in our community.
During the 2021 community campaign, Pacesetters collectively pledged $1,500,842 to United Way’s campaign supporting equity in Health, Education and Financial Stability for everyone in our community. This total represents a 27.5% increase over the same companies and agencies from their campaign efforts last year.
Heart of Missouri United Way is extremely grateful to this dedicated group!
How To Become A Pacesetter
To become a Pacesetter, a company commits to pledging a combined corporate and employee gift of more than $4,000, and to conducting workplace giving campaigns that achieve at least two of the following benchmarks:
- 80% of employees donate through payroll deduction
- 10% increase in employee participation over the previous year
- 8% increase in total corporate and employee pledges over the previous year
- 80% of employees pledging to donate
- 8% increase in an average gift from employees over the previous year
- 10% increase in corporate gift over the previous year
- Participate in United Way’s annual Day of Caring volunteer event
BMW of Columbia
Boone County Family Resources
Central Bank of Boone County
Columbia Insurance Group
Daniel Boone Regional Library
First State Community Bank
Mercedes-Benz of Columbia
Missouri Employers Mutual
PTC Laboratories, Inc.
Simon Oswald Architecture
The Bank of Missouri
The Callaway Bank
The Giving Branch
Veterans United Foundation
First Chance for Children
Grade A Plus, Inc.
Heart of Missouri CASA
Heart of Missouri United Way
Lutheran Family & Children’s Services
Mid-Missouri Legal Services
Services for Independent Living
United Community Builders
Voluntary Action Center
LU 365 SMALL BUSINESS CIRCLE
LIVE UNITED 365 is an opportunity for Columbia’s small businesses to support Heart of Missouri United Way. For only one dollar a day, or $365 a year, your business becomes a member of the LIVE UNITED 365 Small Business Circle. We are so grateful to these select businesses for being a part of this elite circle.
Century 21 Advantage — Freddy Spencer
Horton Animal Hospital — Forum
House of Brokers Realty Inc. — WandaNorthway and Julie Wesley
Plaza Realty — Mike Grellner
Reece & Nichols Mid Missouri — Andy Babel
ReMax Realty — Jane Boles and Donna Neil
Select Realty Group — Alissa Gerke
Weichert Realtors First Tier — Marshelle Clark
Torchlighters are Columbia Public Schools that have run employee campaigns totaling $1,000 or more. Additionally, Torchlighters achieve at least two of the following benchmarks:
- 70% of donors used payroll deduction
- 10% increase in employee participation
- 8% increase in total pledges
- 80% of employees participating pledging
- 8% increase in an average gift from employees
- Columbia Area Career Center
- Fredrick Douglass High School
- Fairview Elementary School
- Rock Bridge Elementary School
- West Middle School