2020 Campaign


UPDATE - Thursday January 7, 2021
It came down to the wire.  But when an anonymous donor from Rushsylvania made an $1,800 online gift on United Way of Logan County's website last Wednesday, it lifted pledges to the organization's annual campaign over the $1 million mark for the third straight year.  
The milestone-making gift was symbolic of many generous individual and corporate donations that poured in during the last four weeks of the year.  As of Thanksgiving, United Way officials were projecting a final outcome around $925,000.  Today, United Way reports that a final total of $1,014,503 has been pledged to support its fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Logan County.  
"This is as good of a "feel-good" story as you could write to put a bow on 2020 and unwrap the New Year," said Dave Bezusko, United Way Executive Director.  "Logan County remains the smallest community in Ohio to ever achieve a $1 million United Way campaign.  It's now happened three years in a row.  And it's happened despite the many challenges that 2020 leveled against the community and the way we typically go about fundraising."  
"We are so grateful for each of the 3,030 residents and 141 businesses that stepped up in this unprecedented year to give so generously," said Katie Rychener, who along with her husband Darrin Haubert, Co-Chaired the 2020 Campaign.  "Every dollar counted and it came down to the second to last day of 2020 for us to cross the threshold!"
Bezusko says it's clear that people who were in position to give generously this year did.  United Way received a record 131 gifts of $1,000 or more this campaign, including more than 40 during the month of December to help push the campaign over the top.        
"As transplants to this amazing community 15 years ago, we take great pride as residents in knowing and having it reaffirmed that we take care of our own," Rychener said.  "We truly picked the most incredible community in Ohio for our family to call home. Thank you, Logan County. We appreciate you!"  
Though COVID restrictions will prevent United Way from conducting its annual gathering of corporate and agency partners to celebrate philanthropic achievement this year, plans are in the works to finalize corporate and volunteer recognition.  Bezusko says more announcements, including the awarding of the coveted corporate Traveling Trophies, will come later this month.    
The idea of having a "United Fund" to support local needs spread to Logan County in 1955 when area business leaders joined together to offer a giving opportunity for their employees.  The tradition of giving via payroll deduction at work continues to this day and the annual United Way campaign is still the largest communitywide fundraiser in Logan County.  The workplace campaign is at the heart of that effort.  Conducting a workplace campaign will bring many benefits to your workplace.
Are you responsible for coordinating the United Way campaign in your workplace?  Know that YOUR role is critical and far-reaching, with the potential to impact thousands of lives in our community.  As a United Way Champion, you’ll have an opportunity to showcase your leadership and project management skills at work, build camaraderie within your office, network with colleagues in other industries, and have fun.  All while helping us raise charitable dollars to achieve your company’s philanthropic goals and further United Way’s mission. 
Don't worry.  We're here to help!  Below are some on-demand links to our campaign materials.
  • CHAMPIONS GUIDE - PDF.  Time-tested tips and new strategies for campaigning during COVID to help make your efforts a rousing success.
  • Four Best Practices - PDF to download.  Workplaces that did ALL FOUR of these steps in their internal UW campaign last year had an 18% increase in giving!
  • Campaign Brochure - PDF to print on-demand.  Call us at (937) 592-2886 and we can bring you enough copies for each employee.  
  • Employee Pledge Form for Payroll Deductions - PDF to print on-demand.  (NOTE:  We can customize the pledge form for YOUR workplace with your logo, pay periods, suggested giving levels and incentives.  Contact us to start the process.)
  • GO PAPERLESS!  Last year, workplaces that offered an online giving option to their workplace campaign had a 21% increase in giving.  We can customize an online giving portal just for your workplace.  Click here for samples.
  • Corporate Pledge Form - PDF to print on-demand.  Use this to obtain and document your corporate giving commitment.  
  • Posters - PDF to print on-demand.  OR call us at (937) 592-2886 and we can bring you enough 11x17 posters to promote your campaign in your workplace.  We can even customize posters with photos / messaging specific to your workplace.  
  • 7-Foot Pop-up Banners - Call us at (937) 592-2886 and make arrangements to borrow one or more of our banners during the week of your workplace campaign.
  • Rollover Campaign Option - PDF.  If you had a strong campaign last year, it MAY be worth considering a Rollover Campaign this fall in which all employee pledges simply carryover to the new year.  With all the uncertainty, a Rollover Campaign would be an easy way to continue offering support to the most vulnerable in our community while minimizing time and effort. 
  • Videos - link to the United Way of Logan County Youtube page for videos to show during employee presentations and link in internal campaign communications.  
  • 2020 Agency Directory - link for a list of programs to which donors can designate.
  • Campaign Reporting Form - PDF - When your turn in pledge forms and donations, print and submit this form to summarize totals for our auditors.
  • "Funraisers" in the Workplace - PDF.  Fun ideas to supplement and enhance your internal UW campaign.