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Goedecke United Way Outstanding Civic Leader Award Winner


Nancy Goedecke, CEO Mayer Electric

The Association of Fundraising Professionals-Alabama Chapter (AFP-AL) announced the selection of the chapter’s 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards recipients. Honorees will be recognized on Thursday, November 13 at 11:30 am at The Harbert Center. The recipients  include  The United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader Award: Nancy Goedecke, CEO, Meyer Electric Supply Co.  She has been  involved in volunteer service and philanthropy in Alabama for more than two decades offering her time and service to more than 25 nonprofit and civic groups.  To read more about Nancy Goedecke and the other honorees  click here

United Way Kicks Off Annual Campaign With Call To Address Growing Needs

$38,250,000 Goal Announced

Campaign goal webThe need for services is even greater according to officials at United Way of Central Alabama.   Campaign chairman, Mark Drew, Managing Partner, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, said that 91% of United Way’s partner agencies reported an increase in demand for services. “For the last five years these agencies have received an average 0.1% annual increase from United Way and we are challenging the community to give and give more to keep up with demand”, said Drew.  Click for complete story

United Way officials said although some sectors of the economy are doing better, the recovery’s benefits are not reaching enough poor and working poor families.

An audience of over 450 donors, volunteers and community leaders also received the results of the Pacesetter Campaign. Over 49 companies, non profits and businesses participated in the summer campaign led by John Turner, Head of the Corporate Bank and Senior Executive Vice President, Regions Financial Corporation.  He announced that the Pacesetter team exceeded their  goal of $11,000,000 reported $11,315,051 in pledges.

The keynote speaker was David Phillips, Senior Consultant, FSG ,an organization that works collectively to discover new ways to solve social problems.   He said that a Collective Impact strategy is the  key to solving tough social challenges. The Birmingham native added that collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problems using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success.

United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. invests in over 80 health and human service programs and initiatives in five counties and participates in collaborative networks to address issues in education, financial stability, health and access to services  that provide solutions for the most important needs in the community. To donate visit www.uwca.org. To find or give help dial 2.1.1. 

New Funding for Education Programs Announced

RFP4 medThe Education Vision Council of the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) is assigned to guide UWCA’s new investments in education, in alignment with the goals and strategies set by the Bold Goals Coalition. Grants are available to mission-driven, tax-exempt organizations operating within Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, and/or St. Clair counties.  Click here to download the RFP.

United Way’s Priority Veteran Gets 2nd Round Funding

PrintUnder the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.  Click for complete story

Those community organizations provide a range of services that promote housing stability among eligible very low income Veteran families (those making less than 50 percent of the area median income).  Today’s announcement means that United Way of Central Alabama will continue the SSVF program for a second year. To read more click here  http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/va_gives_alabama_63_million_to.html#incart_river 


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