Thanks to Greater Giving, United Way’s Campaign Reaches $10 Million, But Still Has Long Way to Go


United Way Campaign Chair, David Fuller, President & CEO, SunTrust Bank, Central Florida Division, recently visited many partner agencies, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Inc.

As United Way’s 2011-12 campaign nears the halfway point, Campaign Chair David Fuller, President & CEO of SunTrust Bank, Central Florida Division, recently announced that more than $10 million has been raised so far thanks to greater giving among major corporate partners and their employees.

Characterizing early results as “promising,” Fuller said he is optimistic that the campaign will achieve or even surpass its goal to raise $17,750,000 for Central Floridians in need.

“I believe our community has the compassion and will to meet this year’s goal,” Fuller said.  “Nearly everyone knows a neighbor, co-worker, relative or friend who has been impacted by the ongoing economic crisis. Supporting United Way is one of the best, most effective ways we can make a difference.”

Fuller noted that many workplace campaigns, including those run by Disney, Publix, SunTrust and others are showing significant gains despite the still stagnant economy. Among those showing increases so far are:

  • Publix Super Markets, Inc., which has raised $2.8 million to date, representing an 8% increase.
  • SunTrust Banks is reporting a tentative increase of 74% in teammate giving.
  • Tupperware Brands Corporation is projecting a $360,700 campaign and one-year gain of 7%.
  • And UPS, whose employee campaign is $21,000 ahead of last year, is on track to raise $377,000 overall.

In addition, Fuller said that Walt Disney World, which last year raised $3.35 million and is consistently United Way’s top contributor, is tracking ahead of last year. And Lockheed Martin, the third largest annual contributor, recently concluded its campaign with a final result of $1.1 million.

Still a Long Way to Go
Despite early reasons for optimism, Fuller cautioned that there is still a long way to go in achieving the final goal. For that reason, he’s urging continued support from every segment of the community.

“Due to high unemployment, economic instability and drastic cuts to government funding, United Way and its partner agencies are being called upon to provide even more help this year,” he said. “In these challenging times, every gift matters.”

If your company would like to run a workplace campaign, please contact Robert Haight, United Way Senior Vice President of Resource Development, at (407) 835-0918 or e-mail Robert.Haight@hfuw.org. To make an immediate donation, click here.

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