United Way of Southwest Minnesota sets new record

The 2017-2018 United Way of Southwest Minnesota campaign raised $622,750, going over the organization’s goal of $600,000, and improving upon last year’s organizational record campaign total of $612,150.

Funds raised will support local programming and people in 2018-19. Over the last 15 years, the United Way of Southwest Minnesota has re-invested more than $5.9 million locally to impact the region. More than 50,000 local lives are currently being touched by the organization through internal programs, community partner programs and/or other initiatives.

“What drives the United Way staff, board and numerous volunteers is the impact that these dollars have toward our efforts of advancing the common good in our service area. The generous donors, volunteers and united efforts of our area continue to blow me away,” said campaign chair and United Way board director, Amy Herrick, of Wood Lake.

More than 3,000 individuals, families, service organizations, clubs, schools, foundations and businesses contributed to the campaign. Gifts ranged in size from handfuls of change to 10s of thousands of dollars. When many entities give it adds up and makes a remarkable difference throughout the region. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors and staff team thanks everyone who donated time, funds and other resources to make the campaign successful.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, the focus is on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety and well-being.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota Fast Facts:

• The money raised by United Way of Southwest Minnesota goes far, but not far away. It is locally re-invested in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.

• Financial information including a 990 and audit can be found on the website for public review at http://www.unitedwayswmn.org/PA.

• United Way of Southwest Minnesota has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets Standards” Seal. The Certification and Seal indicate that United Way of Southwest Minnesota meets all 25 of the Council’s Accountability Standards. It addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity, and fundraising practices. Through this certification, nonprofits demonstrate responsibility, integrity and transparency, including accountable and ethical practices, to their constituents. View more information about United Way of Southwest Minnesota and other organizations earning this special distinction at www.smartgivers.org.

• The United Way staff and board of directors achieved 100 percent participation in the annual campaign. To view the team and to learn more visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org