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1 UNITED WAY SUCCESS ENGAGE & GET INVOLVED

2 BEST PRACTICES CEO Endorsement: Send out letters and/or s from your top local management endorsing the United Way workplace campaign and arrange for top local management to endorse the campaign in person during United Way presentations. Set a goal: Set a local workplace campaign goal (Get help from your local United Way representative to set a realistic yet challenging goal). Select a committee: Work with a campaign committee to champion the workplace campaign activities. Agency tour: Arrange for a United Way tour of local nonprofit organizations currently receiving United Way funding. Presentations: Host presentations by local United Way representatives for all employees to learn about their local United Way community s needs and resources. Hosting multiple presentations (approximately 15 minutes) can help reach all employees. Incentives: Provide Incentives designed to promote increased giving through payroll deduction. Fundraisers: Conduct special fundraisers to add fun to the campaign and help generate additional campaign dollars. Corporate match/gift: If you are a for profit company, advertise a matching corporate gift (e.g. dollar for dollar/50 cents on the dollar) to encourage employee giving. Thank You: Conduct a brief thank you event with local United Way representation at the conclusion of the campaign to thank the employees for their generosity. 1

3 FUN-RAISING IDEAS American Idol Contest Employees can conduct an Idol contest, based on the hit TV show American Idol. Employees make a donation to vote for the talent of their choice. The winner with the most votes will perform in front of their fellow employees. Executive Prison Transform an office into a jail cell. Arrest managers and executives and allow them to make phone calls to their staff members to bail them out (or manager pays their own bail at a higher cost). All bail proceeds go to United Way. Balloon Darts Balloons are blown up and pieces of paper with prizes are placed inside. Some of the prizes are minimal and several are more valuable. Employees purchase three darts for $5 dollars. They win whatever prize is inside the balloon they are able to pop. Garage Sale Find a volunteer willing to loan garage space or work site. Two or three weeks before the sale employees bring in sale items which volunteers price and sell the day of the event. Advertise within the company and outer community. Bingo Print bingo cards from Charge $5 per card & choose a day for the bingo contest. On that day bingo numbers every 15 minutes until someone yells (or s BINGO. Prices are given to the winner. Chili Cook-Off Five or more staff members make big pots of chili. $5 for a bowl plus cornbread. $5 for a taster of each. Very fun! Books, CDs and Videos Sale Employees donate their gently used books and videos for one big sale where all employees may hunt for bargains and raise dollars for United Way. Dunk Tank Arrange for a dunk tank to be set up on site. Arrange for volunteers to take shifts in the tank and post a schedule of their assigned times. Have employees pay $1 a ball to sink their coworkers. 2

4 UNITED WAY SUCCESS REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY 32,244 Beds were provided to the homeless. Hot meals were provided to feed the hungry. 27,053 21,660 Academic and/or social interventions were conducted to help at-risk youth. 6,872 Healthcare visits were provided to low income individuals. 3

5 ARE YOU READY TO PUT YOUR GLOVES ON? V O L U N T E E R C O N N E C T I O N VOLUNTEER CONNECTION is part of United Way of Thurston County s ongoing efforts to strengthen volunteerism in our community. This resource serves as an online hub where individuals can seek volunteer opportunities and organizations can post volunteer needs focused in education, income, and health. The goal is to ensure that everyone looking to get involved can find the resources they need to take on pressing challenges. Call our Volunteer Connection team at x22 to set up a group project for your workplace employees. Individuals ages 55 and up are eligible to join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Call x21 to find information about opportunities. visit 4

6 UNITED WAY ANNUAL EVENTS DAY OF CARING September 27, 2013 All Day At locations throughout Thurston County LEADERSHIP GIVING CIRCLE RECEPTION November 21, p.m. to 7 p.m. Schmidt House SHELTER SHOWER December 5, 2013 Date to be determined STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART WINEMAKER DINNER January 25, 2014 To Be Announced Lucky Eagle Casino Events Center SPIRIT OF GIVING ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION May 30, :30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Worthington Center 5

7 COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2013 Day of Caring September 27, 2013 Available Sponsorship Levels: $5,000 $2,500 $1,500 This much anticipated annual community service one-day event involves, on average, more than 600 volunteers as they tackle hand-on improvement projects for nonprofit organizations throughout Thurston County. Volunteers individuals and workplace teams look forward to the team tasks and to wearing their United Way Day of Caring t-shirts on the day of the event and then throughout the year. Day of Caring has received radio and newspaper coverage every year and is always featured in our newsletter Leadership Giving Circle Reception November 21, 2013 Two Sponsorships Available at $1,000 Each The 2013 Holiday Leadership Giving Circle Party is our way of saying Thank you! to our donors who have supported United Way at the Leadership level. Festive and relaxed, this soiree provides our most generous donors the opportunity to enjoy good food, good wine and good company. This exclusive event is one where we ask our guests to leave their checkbooks home! Women s Leadership Council s Shelter Shower December 5, 2013 Two Sponsorships Available at $1,000 Each The Women s Leadership Council s annual Shelter Shower gives Thurston County women an opportunity to celebrate the holidays by donating much-needed items to a selected local nonprofit organization, network, and raise funds for local initiatives focused on the financial stability of women and girls in Thurston County. Entering its fifth year, this festive annual event is well-attended by local business and professional women and aspiring students. Straight from the Heart Winemaker s Dinner Jan 25, 2014 Sponsorship Levels: $2,500, $2,700, $3,000, $4,200, $4,800, $5,200, $6,200 Now considered the premier Don t miss! event, this upscale fundraiser offers a live cooking demonstration, remarkable food and wine pairings, and an opportunity to support United Way through donation, a robust silent auction and a spectacular, three-item live auction. This annual event is attended by 300+ local community and business leaders. Spirit of Giving Awards Celebration May 30, 2014 Available Sponsorship Levels: $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,000 Held at Saint Martin s University Worthington Center, the Spirit of Giving Awards Celebration gives our community a chance to come together and celebrate the past year s fundraising efforts to support the mission of United Way of Thurston County. It is a much-anticipated celebration to honor workplace campaigns, corporate and individual philanthropy, and outstanding volunteerism. 6

8 COMMUNITY OUTREACH & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2013 Report to the Community Fall 2013 One sponsorship available at $4,000 Each year United Way s Report to the Community is distributed with the Sunday edition of The Olympian in mid-september. This annual publication is well-received by the community and gives important information about the state of the community and explains United Way is doing to improve lives in Thurston County. The Olympian s distribution is approximately 39,500 on Sundays with a readership estimated at 89,300. In a ddition to the Sunday distribution, the Report to the Community is distributed to business leaders and individuals throughout the Fall/Spring of each year. UnitedWayWorks! (Account Executive and VISTA support) Fall 2013 Three sponsorships available at $4,500 Through a sponsorship of UnitedWayWorks! you help United Way get important work in the community done and help provide jobs and professional training for upcoming leaders in our community. Account Executives and VISTAs meet with hundreds of individuals in local businesses throughout the annual campaign and make numerous presentations, as well. VOLUNTEER CONNECTION Available Sponsorship Levels: $1,000 $3,000 $5,000 Volunteer connection is an online hub where individuals can seek volunteer opportunities and organizations can post volunteer needs. This is a new service, provided by United Way of Thurston County, will help increase volunteerism in our community and help make our community that much stronger and connected. Your sponsorship dollars would help support this exciting new service. Sponsorship benefits include some of the following: Logo on all related printed materials Public acknowledgement at related presentations/meetings Logo on United Way of Thurston County website Logo on United Way of Thurston County Facebook Complimentary seating at one signature United Way event Feature story in United Way newsletter For more information contact Toni Verbon at or at x 17. Thank you for your consideration! 7

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