2018 Campaign Kickoff Luncheon 8.22.18

United Way kicks off $1 million campaign
Million Dollar Roundtable introduced to help achieve milestone

For immediate release
Wednesday August 22, 2018
Who wants to be a millionaire?  United Way of Logan County!  The local nonprofit kicks off its 65th annual campaign Wednesday with a milestone goal which, if achieved, will make Logan County the smallest community in the state to give $1 million to its local United Way.   
United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in Logan County.  44 programs of 28 Funded Agencies are being supported in 2018 by United Way allocations from last year’s campaign.  15 additional grants have been awarded throughout the year so far to additional organizations through our Community Impact and Youth Allocations funds.  
The organization is using a "lifeline" to assist with its $1 million endeavor, "phoning some friends" to help promote the cause.  In lieu of one Campaign Chair or couple, United Way invited past local and living Campaign Chairs to serve on a "Million Dollar Roundtable."  This all-star team of community leaders includes:
Million Dollar Roundtable Member, and the year served as Chair
  • Steve Austin, 1999
  • Tara Bair, 2013
  • Dan Berger, 1993
  • Tammy Gump, 2006
  • Jill Hatcher, 2017
  • Rick Hatcher, 2017
  • Joan Haushalter, 2014
  • Mike Minnich, 2009
  • Darin Olson, 1997
  • Tim O'Rielley, 1995
  • Jack Reser, 1996 and 2009
  • Chad Ross, 2016
  • Jamie Ross, 2016
  • Rev. Mike Sandlin, 2004
  • Terri Schneider, 1998 and 2008
  • Tom Simon, 1990
  • Ben Stahler, 2000
  • Lou Vito, 1991
  • Chad Wilkinson, 2015
  • Nita Wilkinson, 2015
  • Doug Zimmerman, 2002

Since 1955, United Way of Logan County has raised more than $22 million to support the specific social service needs of our community.  Campaign totals have increased six straight years from 2012 to 2017 for a 53% increase in annual giving.

  • - 2011:  $622,411
  • - 2012:  $663,401
  • - 2013:  $677,860
  • - 2014:  $700,689
  • - 2015:  $725,268
  • - 2016:  $830,199
  • - 2017:  $951,806
  • - 2018 Goal:  $1,000,000
More than 3,400 individuals and 164 businesses contributed to United Way of Logan County last year, making it a primary way people give back to the community.
United Way has invested the following donor dollars for the following needs this year alone in Logan County:
  • - Youth - $203,999 (for safe, supervised after-school and summer activities, early childhood literacy, clothing, and educational opportunties)  
  • - Financial Stability - $130,467 (among fiancial assistance programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelter, and income tax return preparation program)
  • - Hunger - $100,400 (for local food distribution programs and meals-on-wheels)
  • - Drugs - $74,801 (among local drug prevention and treatment programs)
91 cents of every dollar given goes directly to programming with nine percent going to fundraising and administrative costs, well above the Better Business Bureau standard of a 65-35 split.  In fact, United Way is an accredited charity of the BBB, meeting all 20 Standards of Charitable Accountability established by the watchdog group.  The standards evaluate a charity’s financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and fundraising and informational materials.
More than 90 percent of United Way of Logan County's annual revenue comes from traditional workplace campaigns in which employees are given the opportunity to give via payroll deduction.  Some employers match donor dollars.  
Businesses that have already committed to offering payroll deduction to employees include:  AGC Glass, American Solutions for Business, Bellefontaine City Schools, Belletech Corporation, Benjamin Logan Schools, Choice Properties Real Estate, Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, City of Bellefontaine, Civista Bank, Community Health & Wellness Partners, Community Markets, Consolidated Care, Duff Quarry Inc., Edward Jones Investments, Farm Credit Mid America, Green Hills Community, Hill & Hamilton Insurance & Financial Services, Honda of America, Honda Transmission Mfg., Humble Construction, Huntington National Bank, Indian Lake Local Schools, Kroger, Liberty National Bank, Logan County Government Offices, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Lutheran Community Services, Mary Rutan Hospital, Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Board of Logan and Champaign Counties, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, NetGain Information Systems, NEX Transport, Inc., Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, PNC, PowerBuilt, Precision Custom Products, Quest Federal Credit Union, Richwood Banking Company, Riverside Local Schools, RTC Industries, Smith Smith Montgomery & Chamberlain, SpartanNash Company, Steve Austin's Auto Group, Thomas & Marker Construction, Thompson Dunlap & Heydinger, Transportation Research Center, Vectren Energy, V-Teck Communications, Walmart, World Class Plastics, YMCA Hilliker and Camp Willson, and Zimmerman Realty.
If your workplace is not listed, please contact United Way to talk about getting a giving campaign started in your workplace.
Additional giving opportunities abound.  Donors may give online.  Donors can write a check and mail it to:  United Way, 130 S. Main St. Suite 109, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 43311.