United Way mid-October fundraising update meeting celebrates Mid-South generosity

Charlie Maxwell speaks with staff and volunteers

Charlie Maxwell speaks with staff and volunteers

United Way’s lead volunteer for our fundraising efforts, General Campaign Chairman Charlie Maxwell from Raymond James, wants to be sure we’re tracking data closely.

“I want to hear the positive, but be sure to give me the straight shot if there’s an area where we need some help,” Maxwell told staff and volunteers this morning during our in-house mid-October campaign countdown meeting.

These short, informal meetings give staff and volunteers the opportunity to report the ongoing results of fundraising campaigns across the Mid-South area.

MidOctoberCountdownScreen2014This week, the team’s goal was to raise $1.89 million and some major reports helped pushed the total to more than $2.07 million, resulting in a great round of applause for everyone involved. Our total-to-date is now over $6.9 million.

“I’m amazed at what everyone has done – great start!” Maxwell said, praising the team.

Some quick notes from the meeting:

  • We’re very thankful for corporate gifts from Baptist Memorial Health Care and Georgia Pacific
  • FedEx reports that a concentration on Tocqueville gifts ($10,000 and higher), auctions, and other efforts are generating momentum for the campaign. “When you’re a 24/7 worldwide company you’re getting updates all the time and that’s always great news” said special guest Phyllis Fair, Communications Advisor, Global Reputation Content for FedEx Services. Stephanie Schwegman, Process Improvement Advisor, FedEx Express QDM Lead was also a special guest.
  • Reports also included partial information on the Valero, First Tennessee and SunTrust Bank campaigns, which are in different stages but early indications are pointing to strong campaigns.
  • Carrier is holding a luncheon on Friday to raise awareness of its campaign,
  • United Way partner nonprofit agencies are showing strong efforts. Youth Villages and Lowenstein House had great results.
  • Stories about the ongoing campaigns at AT&T, Fred’s, Johnson & Johnson and Hershey’s were shared with the group.
  • The campaigns at Enterprise Holdings and ServiceMaster are underway. Candace Lester from ServiceMaster, who is the organization’s United e-Way (electronic pledging) coordinator was a special guest at our meeting.
  • Sonoco and State Systems are both re-engaging with the United Way drive this year and we are very happy for their involvement.
  • GlaxoSmithKline is raising funds and getting even more active in volunteerism, which is a big part of United Way’s strategic plan. The pharmaceuticals company will have an “Orange Day” next month and volunteer at local nonprofit agencies.
  • Maxwell also learned more about the December Bar-Kays concert which will benefit United Way from key volunteer and Bar-Kays legend, James Alexander.
  • Response to our direct mail campaign has been very successful as Mid-Southerners answer the call to impact our area’s health and human service needs.
  • International Paper Company’s outstanding drive completed earlier this year, and Verso Paper started its drive last week, conducting its first e-pledging campaign.
  • The campaign at Target is posting great numbers this week, as is the Combined Federal Campaign (a charitable campaign from federal government employees).

About Dave Skorupa

Dave Skorupa is a member of the Communications team at United Way of the Mid-South, Memphis, TN.
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