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Significant Gains Made in United Way’s Fundraising Campaign Thanks to the Community

Cambridge - “To say that we are grateful is an understatement,” says Nathan Ewing, the local business owner who was at the helm of United Way’s 2015 Fundraising Campaign. “We can’t thank this community enough.” His words are echoed by Ron Dowhaniuk, Chief Executive Officer of United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries: “we’ve always felt fortunate to be part of such a generous community; we’re overwhelmed by the way people responded in the final few months of this campaign.”

Both Ewing and Dowhaniuk are referring to the $100,000+ of donations United Way Cambridge and North Dumfries received after announcing in December 2015 that it was projecting a $200,000 shortfall in its fundraising campaign, the largest gap facing the organization since the financial crisis of 2008. “We received one large donation of $50,000 from an anonymous donor,” said Ewing, “and the remaining donations came from community members and local organizations that dug deeper and sent additional funds once news of the campaign shortfall made its way around the community.”

United Way kicked off its annual fundraising campaign in September 2015 with a goal of raising $2,325,000 by March 31, 2016. The campaign came within 4% of that goal, raising $2,225,660 in less than seven months. “That kind of success doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen because of just a few people,” said Dowhaniuk. Approximately 5,000 people made personal donations to the campaign, nearly 200 businesses and organizations supported the organization either with sponsorships or corporate gifts, and hundreds of volunteers helped to coordinate it all. “This is community at its best,” said Dowhaniuk. “No matter how small or large the donation, we are truly grateful to everyone who pitched in,” said Ewing. “It’s the sum of all our contributions that makes the difference.” United Way may have difficult choices ahead, but these late contributions in the fundraising campaign have made it possible to maintain commitments in the community for 2016.

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week (which runs until April 16th, 2016), United Way would like to acknowledge and say a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this campaign a success:

- the employees and union members who helped to organize fundraising campaigns within their workplaces;

- staff at local businesses who volunteered their time to help run special fundraising events;

- volunteers who helped to canvass and thank our donors;

- and, of course, the 5 volunteers who led the 2015 fundraising campaign – Nathan Ewing of Transchem Inc., Paula Homanchuk of BMO Financial Group, Kathy Reston of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Philip Mills of Greenway-Chaplin Community Centre, and David Higgins of Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc.

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