• 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
      State of Community Report Cover Image

      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.


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      Feeding Who's Hungry, Hosted by Land O'Lakes

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      June 8, 2018 | United Way Staff
      Land O'Lakes volunteers at event in front of boxes

      ​Nearly 600 volunteers came together at Land O’Lakes’ brand-new building in Arden Hills on June 7 to help children and families facing food insecurity in the Twin Cities. 

      Volunteers put together healthy snack packs and weekend meal kits for kids who have less food when school is out and pantry essentials for families in need.

      In total, volunteers helped 6,000 individuals and families in the Twin Cities by assembling:

      • 3,000 healthy snack packs
      • 1,200 weekend meal kits
      • 1,200 kitchen utensil kits
      • 600 pantry staples bags

      Hosting this event aligned with Land O’Lakes‘ mission to strengthen our community.

      “At Land O’Lakes, we believe in feeding human progress. One of the greatest and best ways to do that is through our community partners, such as United Way,” said Traci Norum, community relations specialist at Land O’Lakes (pictured left).

      Be the first to hear about all of United Way’s volunteer opportunities through Volunteer United: Sign up for our e-newsletter.

      Learn more about this event including our partner recipients at gtcuw.org.

  • 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.

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      A “Well” of Inspiration

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      May 14, 2018 | United Way Staff
      Wells Fargo Volunteer, Logo on T-shirt

      ​Did you know every year more than 2,000 local organizations, from small to large, help us create positive change in our community? Our company partners are a highly valued and critical part of our mission, investing their time through rewarding, team-building volunteer projects and their dollars through United Way workplace campaigns.

      For the ninth consecutive year, Wells Fargo led United Way’s largest workplace giving campaign, providing a five million dollar grant to fight hunger and an 18 million dollar grant to boost our employment work. A consistent characteristic of Wells Fargo’s involvement with the United Way over the years has been employee engagement. In addition to their full-time job duties, people choose to take on United Way roles within Wells Fargo on committees and boards.

      Read, in their own words, why employees choose to get—and stay—involved on United Way's blog.

  • 2018 03. March
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      Izzy’s Ice Cream Gives Back

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      March 1, 2018 | United Way Staff

      ​Since opening Izzy’s Ice Cream Café in 2000, Lara Hammel and Jeff Sommers have watched as their business has become a Twin Cities favorite. Along the way, the company has remained committed to community through many charitable initiatives, including its 13 Days of Giving (held each year in February, Izzy’s donates $2 of every cone sold to a different nonprofit each day). Greater Twin Cities United Way was honored to be the beneficiary this year on Feb. 17.

      We had a chance to catch up with Jeff to hear more about how Izzy’s got its start and the unique ways the company approaches business, onboarding, and giving guests something extra. See what he had to say on United Way's website.

  • 2018 02. February
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      United We Fight for a Strong Workforce

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      February 23, 2018 | United Way Staff
      Construction worker with hard hat and oranage vest

      ​Nationally, we’re at a critical juncture in workforce development: Our labor market, our education systems, and our communities have changed significantly in recent years, but our workforce development system hasn’t. It’s still largely built to respond to the job seekers and businesses of 50 years ago, not the global knowledge economy. It hasn’t adapted to job seekers with diverse experiences, skills and educations; or the pervasive ways that technology has altered almost every aspect of our lives.

      Today Minnesota has a labor shortfall of more than 98,000 jobs unfilled across all business sectors. This is expected to rise to 278,000 by 2022 if nothing changes. This is on top of existing disparities—some of the worst in the nation—for workers from communities of color and American Indian communities in educational attainment, employment, and earnings.

      If we don’t close these gaps and strengthen the workforce development system overall, businesses won’t be able to meet demand, and consumers (individuals and businesses) will go elsewhere with their money. We will all bear the consequences of this in stagnant economic growth, fewer opportunities, reduced public resources, and lowered quality of life.

      • Learn more about the issue from Community Impact Senior Program Manager Rachel Speck on United Way's blog.
      • See how local creative agency Creatis is supporting this initiative with a $5,000 matching grant.
    • 03

      United Way at the Super Bowl Experience

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      February 3, 2018 | United Way Staff
      United Way at Super Bowl Experience - Stefon Diggs and fan

      Visitors to the #BoldNorth got a treat at United Way and the NFL’s Character Playbook booth at the Super Bowl Experience! Character Playbook teaches kids about good decision-making, building healthy relationships, and is having a tremendous impact on thousands of students across the country.

      Attendees had a great time checking out our 360⁰ virtual reality and photo booth. We were fortunate to have NFL players like Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and commentator/former coach Tony Dungy stop by. We also gave away three pairs of donated Super Bowl tickets to lucky winners! To learn more, visit our NFL partnership page.

      Over the course of the Super Bowl, we raised more than $35,000 to expand Character Playbook's footprint to more students. When United Way and the NFL team up to support youth, everybody wins!

      Read reflections from the booth from United Way staff members on our blog.

  • 2018 01. January
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      United We Win

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      January 2, 2018 | United Way Staff
      Arise Project Member Wave Flag, 2017 Wins

      ​2017 was a busy year at Greater Twin Cities United Way—from our staff to our donors to our volunteers, we’ve come together to address some of the biggest issues facing our community. Every day, we were proud to help people realize their full potential by connecting them with key resources and services.

      See the amazing things our community accomplished together on gtcuw.org. Thank You!

      As we look ahead to 2018, Greater Twin Cities United Way will continue many of these initiatives as well as add new ones in order to build pathways toward prosperity for everyone. Also, we will be implementing a new Long Range Plan, which invites individuals, companies, nonprofits, and government to build an equitable community together. Please consider joining us on this journey next year as we continue to Live United!

  • 2017 12. December
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      Helping Youth Prepare for Tech-Focused Future

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      December 19, 2017 | Admin
      Three students study a computer at Best Buy's Geek Squad Academy

      When Greater Twin Cities United Way launched Career Academies in 2015, Best Buy was one of the first to generously invest in this innovative approach to education.

      Infusing career-focused curriculum with postsecondary opportunities, Career Academies offers high school students a whole new way to learn and prepare for their future. Students gain the skills and credentials needed to assume key roles in our workforce—responding to labor shortages and strengthening our economy in the process.

      Best Buy is committed to helping underserved teens prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. Through community grants, and its own Geek Squad Academy and Teen Tech Centers, Best Buy helps teens build skills through a variety of technology-focused programs.

      Learn more about Best Buy's partnership on gtcuw.org.

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      Full Lives: Strengthening Community Food Systems

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      December 6, 2017 | United Way Staff
      Alyssa Banks, CI Program Manager

      ​Greater Twin Cities United Way has a history of investing in the emergency food system and working with others on long-term solutions for improving food security. That’s why we partnered with North Minneapolis and General Mills to launch the Full Lives Program, which supports a healthy and equitable community food system by addressing food oppression in North Minneapolis.

      The $1.5 million grant program, launched in the spring of 2017, has already funded 14 projects through 11 local organizations.

      Learn more about these projects and General Mills' partnership by reading this case study by Community Impact Program Manager Alyssa Banks.

  • 2017 10. October
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      Help Homeless Families: Run a Product Drive

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      October 3, 2017 | United Way Staff
      Home for Good Project 2016

      ​Help families transitioning out of homelessness start over with a Welcome Kit full of needed household items.

      As part of your campaign, consider running a product drive to gather items needed for these kits. It's a great way to get your co-workers involved and a fun way to give back!

      So that we can ensure that we have the right amount of prodcuts, let United Way know how many of each item you expect to donate.

      Submit your Product Drive donation at gtcuw.org.

      The kits will be assembled at our Home for Good volunteer projects on November 2 (Minneapolis) and 15 (St. Paul). These events are great ways to engage employee teams. See event listings.

  • 2017 09. September
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      2017 Campaign Video Available

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      September 7, 2017 | United Way Staff

      ​Looking for an easy, quick way to movivate employees during your workplace campaign? Greater Twin Cities United Way just released our 2017 Campaign Video: United we fight for all humankind.

      Share the link on your company's intranet or during an all-staff meeting to motivate your co-workers to give: https://youtu.be/YIftjbYZr-o.

       

       

       

      If your company cannot access YouTube or you need a copy of the video's digital file, please login and access our Video Library located within Presentation Tools.

  • 2017 08. August
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      One Network, One Message, One Mission

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      August 21, 2017 | United Way Staff
      GTCUW board and staff pose with Brian Gallagher from UWW

      ​As a strategy to help strengthen relationships with our largest partners and donors, Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide President & CEO, came to the Twin Cities recently to meet with a number of companies, major donors, board members, community leaders and United Way staff. The conversations focused on the network’s ability to create impact on a local, national and global scale.

      “We are a group of independent United Ways that must become interdependent in order to achieve success,” Brian said during a conversation with our board members. That means one network, one message and one mission.

      Read the full blog post by Director of Workplace Fundraising Wendy Traxler at gtcuw.org.