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2015 Campaign Results
Announced February 3, 2016
The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley announced that the 2015 annual campaign raised $2,957,115 for the community, exceeding the $2.6 million goal. The campaign grew by 12% over the previous year. It is the most raised since 2004.
With the launch of a new pilot initiative Success After 6, 2015 proved to be a transformative year evident in the campaign's success as well as United Way’s community Impact work focusing on Early Education.
"We are very appreciative to have the entire community supporting our work. To make the kind of positive, systemic change we desire it takes collaboration, and we are beginning to see real impact in our early education work because we are working together." said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. "We believe our loyal donor base sees giving to United Way as an investment in making our community a better place to live for all of us."
The United Way announced its 2015 campaign results at the Youngstown Community School surrounded by students from the Success After 6 after-school program. Success After 6 is an early childhood education initiative that focuses on bringing together school and community resources to provide an intentional focus on academics, health and social services, as well as social and emotional development.
"While this impact work is showing positive results and has allowed our United Way to generate new funding sources as well as new donors, we continue to strongly support the work in Emergency Services." said Hannon, "We work closely with our partner agencies to fund programs that provide food, clothing, and shelter to your neighbors in the most need."
A key factor in the campaign growth for 2015 was General Motors generous decision to match dollar for dollar their employee contributions to United Way. UAW 1112, UAW 1714, and the Lordstown General Motors Complex make up our largest workforce campaign. United Way also started several new work place campaigns as well as received new foundation gifts (please see attached 2015 Campaign Breakdown).
The 2015 Campaign was lead by Chair Dave Coy of WKBN/WYTV/WYFX. Coy has been a long time supporter of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, as a volunteer and contributor.
“It has been my honor and a privilege to serve as the United Way Campaign Chair. I believe in the mission and respect the service that United Way provides to our fine community. " said Coy, "My role is minimal, our success is a tribute to the tireless staff at the United Way, all the volunteers, and of course, our wonderful and generous contributors. The Mahoning Valley is truly a generous and special community. Congratulations!”
In addition to its own initiatives, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley funds 60 programs through 30 local agencies that Impact the lives of those living in our community. The new funding cycle starts in July of 2016. Currently, volunteer impact panels are reviewing proposals for funding from local non-profit agencies. Those results will be announced later this spring.