United Way of Central Indiana and Corporate Philanthropy

United Way thanks early fund-raisers

November 3, 2008
United Way of Central Indiana has raised $22.9 million, or 57 percent, of the $40 million goal announced for this fall's annual campaign. Helping the agency out of the gate were 100 companies that started "Pacesetter" campaigns before the official Sept. 12 kickoff.

UWCI is recognizing eight of those companies: Satellite TV installer Defender Direct had the largest first-time campaign. The company offered a two-for-one match of employee dollars. Redcats USA posted the biggest increase in employee gifts, which went up 66 percent in part because of a special event that brought in $25,000 for the Early Readers Club. Indianapolis Airport Authority attracted 97 new donors by holding a contest among departments to increase participation. The airport authority's overall giving went up 90 percent from 2007.

Citizens Energy Group and BKD LLP tied for the largest increase in leadership giving, i.e. big money. The local utility had a 30-percent increase in gifts of $1,500 or more. At the accounting firm BKD, six people gave Tocqueville Society gifts of $10,000 or more. Law firm Parr Richey Obremskey & Morton gets the award for largest increase in unrestricted giving. The Boone County firm produced an 85-percent increase in unrestricted gifts with a dollar-for-dollar match of employee contributions.

Hamilton County accounting firm Katz Sapper & Miller now offers a match for employee giving, and thereby increased its corporate gift 41 percent. Finally, UWCI named market researcher Walker Information as its "Distinguished Pacesetter" for posting significant increases in giving for eight consecutive years.
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