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I had the opportunity to attend a New Presidents' Forum conducted by United Way Worldwide (UWW) last month in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to meeting fifty or so of my new colleagues from around the country, I had the chance to meet several of the staff of UWW; without exception, they were incredibly bright and anxious to help those of us who are new to our roles.


The conference also gave me a chance to see how those within the United Way system describe the ten-year evolution of United Ways from community fundraiser to community agenda-builder and catalyst.


A traditional United Way would raise money in the community and fund a group of quality agencies that offered programs to address certain needs within the community. It was all about funding.

An Impact United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. It focuses on education, income and/or health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. And it recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. It invites people to give, to advocate and to volunteer.


Think of the young Indian boy in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPeeZ6viNgY) as a United Way.


He identified an important community need - one that advanced the common good - and he recruited people who had the resources necessary to achieve the desired result, and together, they removed that obstacle. I suppose he might have collected money from those in the area and hired someone to move the tree, but I can't help but think that solution would have been somewhat less inspiring. And those who contributed would have felt less involved in the solution.


None of this is intended to minimize the need for successful fund-raising efforts. Clearly, with more resources, we can have a greater impact. Perhaps the best way to describe our approach these days is to say that raising money is necessary, but not sufficient, in and of itself, to accomplish our goals of helping Butler County youth succeed, and Butler County families achieve self-sufficiency. Please join us!








For many people, philanthropic giving is a lifelong commitment that provides both personal satisfaction and financial benefits.


Through the Butler County United Way Planned Giving Program, you can give a general endowment gift that benefits you and your family, while ensuring vital health and human service programs are available for generations to come.


To learn more, contact Mitchell Willis, Director of Resource Development at [email protected] or 513-863-0800.




Our Volunteer Recognition Breakfast and Awards will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 7:30am - 9:00am at a location yet to be determined. Our Spring Day of Caring will immediately follow breakfast.


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Networking and Volunteer Opportunity


On Friday, February 10th, Impact 21 Youth (Sophomores and Juniors from area High Schools) will be joined by the Butler County United Way Women's Leadership Council at Shared Harvest from Noon-2:30PM.


Volunteers will be filling backpacks with much needed food for kids who would otherwise go without and boxes of food for the elderly.


If you'd like to participate, please RSVP to [email protected].


The Requests for Proposals for the 2012-2013 funding year will be released on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Documents and information will be posted on our website (www.bc-unitedway.org).

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 6, at 1:30pm for the Bidder's Conference to be held at Workforce One.    


Donate While You Shop!


Need to do some online shopping? Buy through GoodSearch and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Butler County United Way! Visit www.goodsearch.com for more information.


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