Numerous North Texas businesses eclipsed previous individual fundraising records as they conducted early workplace fundraising programs over the last few months to support the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’s annual campaign.  

 This year’s United Way Pacesetters, who are part of the larger, 88th annual United Way of Metropolitan Dallas campaign, conducted early donation initiatives between March and October to encourage giving that will help end the cycles of high school dropouts, poverty and poor health. The United Way campaign remains underway through June 2013.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas offers North Texans highly effective ways to help people change their lives forever. United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve Education, Income and Health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. By breaking the cycles of dropouts, poverty and poor health for hundreds of thousands of people over the next ten years, United Way donors, volunteers and advocates will create long-term improvements throughout the region

Campaign highlights from the United Way Pacesetters include the following: Atmos Energy Corporation, after breaking the million-dollar mark last year, grew its campaign by more than 12 percent over last year’s total. AT&T/CWA 6215’s employee giving increased 9 percent over last year. Celanese hosted a golf tournament that generated a record-breaking $600,000 for its campaign. The company’s total campaign contribution grew by 6 percent over last year. Comerica’s annual campaign raised an additional 8 percent over last year’s total. Jones Day increased its contribution by 10 percent year over year. The firm has the largest law firm campaign with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Kimberly-Clark Corporation grew its annual campaign by 6 percent over last year. USAA Property & Casualty Insurance’s contributions grew by 80 percent over last year.

“We want to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of these leading local businesses and thank them for their commitment,” says Rich Templeton, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas President and Campaign Chair, and President/CEO of Texas Instruments. “Their hard work allows United Way to positively impact the lives of North Texans, building stronger communities, and providing better education for a more productive, healthier workforce.”

Seven Pacesetter companies each raised a $1 million or more through their campaigns: AT&T/CWA 6215, Atmos Energy Corporation, Celanese Corporation, Citi, Energy Future Holdings Portfolio of Companies, jcpenney and UPS.
Six Pacesetter corporations earned LIVE UNITED Awards for their outstanding work in giving, advocating and volunteering for United Way. The organizations are: Alliance Data, AT&T/CWA 6215, Celanese Corporation, Comerica, DFW International Airport and Jones Day.

“United Way Pacesetters set the tone for giving by motivating other businesses and organizations to do the same,” says United Way of Metropolitan Dallas President and CEO Jennifer Sampson. “The incredible generosity of these companies and their employees allows United Way’s work to improve the lives of countless North Texans, through our focus on the three key areas of education, income and health.”

Additional Pacesetter campaign efforts were acknowledged in the following categories:

Outstanding New Pacesetter Campaign: USAA.
Best Practices Awards: Best Use of Social Media/New Technology, La Quinta Inns & Suites.
Best Example of Volunteerism: Energy Future Holding Portfolio of Companies
Best Employee Engagement: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Outstanding Leadership Campaign: Aviall, Inc., Comerica, Corgan Associates, Inc., Energy Future Holdings Portfolio of Companies
Outstanding Tocqueville Campaign: AT&T/CWA 6215, Celanese Corporation, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
Outstanding Campaign Growth: Atmos Energy Corporation, Thomson Reuters
Outstanding Service Provider Campaign: LaunchAbility

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