• 2018 08. August
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      United Way Action Day 2018

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      August 15, 2018 | United Way Staff
      Child dancing at Action Day next to backpacks

      ​Over 3,000 volunteers joined us August 9 for Action Day, hosted by the Minnesota Lynx and Minnesota Timberwolves,  at the Target Center to help us reach our goal and pack 25,000 backpacks! Because of this incredible effort, when our hometown students go back to school this fall they’ll have the supplies they need to learn, succeed, and reach their full potential.

      Read United Way staffer Jenna's take on this year's Action Day on gtcuw.org.

      Local comedian, actor, and radio personality Shed G was back again as this year’s Action Day host; he kept volunteers inspired and energized throughout the day. Tunes at the event were provided by DJ Mad Mardigan—the Official DJ of the MN Timberwolves & Lynx.

      In addition to volunteering, this all-ages, family-friendly event featured a Prize Playbook, games, prizes, photo booths and a mini-Crayola Experience.

      We also announced next year’s event host: Minnesota Wild will be hosting Action Day 2019 at the Xcel Energy Center!

      Backpacks assembled at Action Day have been distributed to over 50 Twin Cities nonprofits and will be given to children in need.

  • 2018 07. July
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      The Future of Philanthropy

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      July 25, 2018 | United Way Staff
      SalesForce Philanthropy Cloud Logo

      ​Salesforce.org Philanthropy Cloud takes charitable giving to a new level.

      It’s the only global platform that connects employees, customers and partners with the causes they care most about, backed by the world’s largest nonprofit and the world’s most innovative company.

      And it’s now available in the Twin Cities.

      Along with United Way Worldwide, Greater Twin Cities United Way is excited to announce that this new technology platform for charitable giving, enabling employees to participate in workplace campaigns and year-round giving on any device, is available for purchase.

      Philanthropy Cloud connects employees with charities and causes that are important to them. Through a personalized experience, employees can make donations, create fundraisers, advocate for causes, organize volunteers and track the lifetime impact of their charitable efforts.

      Companies benefit from the platform’s ability to streamline philanthropic investments and real-time reporting. Engaging employees is more effective with flexible messaging and timely digital campaigns, while also supporting corporate and employee interests like leadership development and team building.

      Interested in learning more about how your company can take advantage of this new technology? Contact us.

      Additional Info: Check out the video on gtcuw.org, visit unitedway.org or salesforce.org.

  • 2018 06. June
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      State of the Community Report

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      June 19, 2018 | United Way Staff
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      In partnership with the community and supported by thousands of generous donors, Greater Twin Cities United Way fights to end poverty and support long-term wellbeing by providing people in need access to education, the workforce, food, shelter and health care.

      Take a look at our 2017 State of the Community Report (PDF) for information about community trends, our work, partners and impact. While we’re proud of our collective achievements, we know there’s still a lot of work to do. We won’t stop until we are a united community where all people realize their full potential.

      This report is also available for order in our Materials Ordering section.


  • 2018 05. May
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      United For Good Award Winners

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      May 23, 2018 | United Way Staff

      ​Greater Twin Cities United Way has announced its United for Good Award winners in May. These awards recognize United Way corporate partners for leading with excellence in their 2017 campaigns.

      Partner of the Year – Large Company

      Finalists: H.B. Fuller, Target, The Toro Company

      And the winner is…

      The Toro Company demonstrates a company-wide commitment to giving back. The company has invested over $5.9 million over the past five years in United Way projects and initiatives, with employees logging over 600 hours of volunteering!

      Partner of the Year – Medium Company

      Finalists: DecoPac, Inc., Enterprise, EY

      And the winner is…

      Thanks in large part to the company’s leadership, DecoPac, Inc. has seen their campaign giving and participation increase steadily for the past five years! In 2017, their pledge total increased by 4.3% and resulted in over 1,020 volunteer hours.

      Partner of the Year – Small Company

      Finalists: Burns and McDonnell, Venture Bank, Wipfli

      And the winner is…

      A committed corporate Ambassador and dedicated campaign committee helped the Wipfli campaign increase 26% in 2017, including an auction that led to 4 times that amount of special event funds raised!

      Video of the Year

      Finalists: CenterPoint, Land O’Lakes, Polaris

      And the winner is…

      In 2017, Land O’Lakes saw it’s campaign increase for the 11th consecutive year! The video focused on showing the importance of standing up for others and being a support to those in need, helping them to walk/run on their own.

      Stan Kowalski Lifetime Achievement Award

      This year, United Way also recognized recent Toro retiree, Don Trevarthen, with this award honoring an individual for long-time dedication to volunteerism and making an impact in our local community.

      We’re incredibly proud to not only honor these outstanding companies for their support, but all the companies and employees that made a difference through United Way last year. Thanks to your partnership, the real winner is the greater Twin Cities community. United We Win.

      Special thanks to Deloitte for their generous sponsorship of the United For Good Awards. Learn more at gtcuw.org.