Based on preliminary results from 354 United Way campaigns conducted in 1993-94, United Way of Utah County, with its 22.1 percent increase in donations, had the second-largest percentage gain of all United Ways.
Only the United Way in Gulfport, Miss., had a larger percentage again with its increase of 31.2 percent. The results were reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a national newspaper for the non-profit world, on Aug. 9.According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, United Ways across the country raised $3.05 billion during their 1993-94 campaigns - an overall gain of 0.23 percent more than the previous year.
Last year, United Way of Utah County raised $1,221,001 to help children, hungry, homeless, elderly, abused and disabled individuals in the community.
Roger Williams, volunteer chairman of United Way of Utah County's board of directors, said he expects United Way of Utah County to have an increase in donations again this year.
"As usual, United Way has great volunteers working on the campaign. We have thoroughly analyzed our past campaigns and have made some significant changes for the better," Williams said. "We need to increase donations so the quality of life in Utah County can be maintained and, in some areas, improved."
Bill Hulterstrom, president of United Way of Utah County, said, "We are continually able to increase our donations because local residents realize the rapid growth of our community is creating great need. We are fortunate to be living in such a caring community."
United Way of Utah County will officially kick off its 1994-95 fund-raising campaign on Sept. 14 at the Provo Park Hotel.
Each United Way, including United Way of Utah County, is independent from other United Ways across the country. This independence allows each United Way to make its own decisions about the agencies they fund and all other policies and procedures. These decisions are made by experienced, local volunteers who work to make the community better through United Way.