AKRON, Ohio – United Way of Summit County announced today that the 2013 United Way/Red Cross Campaign raised $12.2 million, the largest amount in the organization's 95 year history. This is the fourth consecutive year the charity has set a fundraising record. Donations in 2013 topped the previous record set in 2012 by $400,000.
“United Way provides an uncommon value that no other non-profit can offer. We raise money that benefits not only our funded agencies but really provide a conduit for philanthropy in our community. As such, we have a duty to Summit County to get as many people and companies involved as we possibly can,” said Jim Merklin, United Way campaign chair and partner of Bober Markey Fedorovich, a premier northeast Ohio accounting and business advisory firm. “We have done a great job over the last few years increasing our reach in Summit County and we are ending the 2013 campaign on a high note as a result of an incredible team effort.”
“Summit County residents are amazingly generous with their time and dollars,” said Katie Rennard, United Way’s senior vice president of resource development. “We owe a debt of gratitude not only to the thousands of individuals who give to United Way, but also to the hundreds of leaders who volunteered their time, passion and influence toward the campaign’s success.”
The process for investing the funds raised in United Way’s impact areas of education, income, health and basic human services has already begun. United Way review teams are mostly comprised of impact area experts and United Way board members with particular interest in those areas. The review teams look for quality programming and results, integration of services and collaboration with other organizations, and leverage through matching funds as well as alignment with United Way’s investment priorities.