The United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties has surpassed its fundraising goal, leaders announced Wednesday during a wrap-up celebration.
The organization sought to raise $110,000 in Madison County but received pledges for $180,460, according to Kerry Pedraza, executive director.
The dollars raised will now be allocated to nonprofits that provide programs to those living in Madison County. Programs funded have included disaster assistance, education and support for victims of domestic violence, income tax preparation assistance, food assistance, senior services, counseling, youth leadership and support for those impacted by cancer.
The top 10 giving companies in Madison County were Nationwide Insurance, Target Distribution Centers, Honda, Stanley Electric, Madison Health, Bon-Ton, Loving Care Hospice, Battelle, Madison County employees and the Madison County-London City Health District. Together, those companies gave 85 percent of the total donation.
Typically companies request their employees give $1 per week from their paychecks. In exchange for joining “Club 52,” donors receive a discount card to local businesses.
Contributions from Nationwide Insurance are being credited for this year’s jump in funding. Previously, the funding was recorded differently, Pedraza said.
Although Nationwide Insurance, which gave the most, is located in Franklin County, the company encourages employees to give where they live and offers a dollar-for-dollar match. This year, between employee and corporate contributions, the company gave about $80,000 to Madison County programs.
Over the last 10 years alone, Nationwide and its employees have given more than $980,000 to the United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties. More than $636,000 of that total are dollars that have been allocated directly to Madison County Nonprofits.
As a result, Pedraza announced the company is the recipient of the 2015 Spirit of United Way Award.
“Nationwide truly recognizes and supports the communities that its employees live in,” she said. “A hallmark of United Way is to give where you live and the employees of Nationwide Insurance do just that.”
Mike Hensel, director of the London Public Library and a longtime member of the organization’s impact board — which decides which projects to award — was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 President’s Award. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer involvement and commitment to United Way.
The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Madison County was recognized as the recipient of the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Award, which recognizes an agency or organization that through innovation and collaboration is achieving real, measurable results that bring the community closer to meeting United Way’s goals for long-term, sustainable community change.
Greta Mayer, who was named CEO at the beginning of the year, accepted the inaugural award on behalf of the agency.
London Mayor Patrick Closser, who served as the 2015 Madison County chairperson, will also assume the role for the 2016 campaign, Pedraza said.
“Our local chairs are great because they push us,” she said.
Local agencies that have received past funding include A Friend’s House, Madison County American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America’s Simon Kenton Council, Community Action Organization, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council, H.E.L.P. House, LifeCare Alliance, Loving Care Hospice, Madison County Health Partners’ Free Clinic, Madison County-London City Health District, Mental Health Services of Clark and Madison County and Oesterlen Services for Youth.
The allocations for the funding will be announced in June, Pedraza said. The money raised in Madison County stays in the county, she added.
In total, the United Way of Clark, Champaign and Madison Counties raised $1,560,317. Clark County raised $1,082,877 and Champaign County raised $296,389.
Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.