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MILWAUKEE — United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County announced Tuesday, December 15th that it raised a record-breaking $60,066,597 in its first community campaign since the merger of United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County.

The announcement celebration, hosted by Johnson Controls, Inc., was attended by United Way Worldwide President & CEO, Brian Gallagher, who shared the special funding announcement.

“The steps United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and its community took to merge their organizations continue to be a model for United Ways across our worldwide network,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “Importantly, it means increased capacity to address this community’s most pressing challenges, deeper and more strategic community partnerships, and ultimately greater opportunity to create long-term change.”

In response to the increased capacity of the organization, Johnson Controls, Inc. announced, beginning in 2016, $1 million dollars over three years to fund the new Johnson Controls Volunteer Engagement Center.

“The new center will expand upon the already existing United Way volunteering programs to focus on additional ways for corporations, individuals and families to give back to our community through the gift of volunteering.” said Mary Lou Young, president & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “We are very grateful for the continued support from Johnson Controls, Inc.”

The monies raised in this record-breaking campaign will impact 1 in 4 people in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties through the support of 220+ programs at more than 110 agencies.

Officials from United Way say the campaign total is $66,597 over the projected goal of $60 million, a 3.7% increase of the combined 2014 campaign total of $57,908,879 million for the pre-merger organizations.

“Throughout the campaign our motto has been ‘1 + 1 must equal 3’ and the community has proven this to be true with their tremendous support,” said campaign co-chair, Cory Nettles, partner –of counsel at Quarles & Brady, LLP. “These successes will continue to allow United Way to do the important work of being a convener –bringing together teachers, parents and community volunteers who are focused on helping our kids succeed.”

“One in four people in our four county region count on United Way services and the need is always increasing,” said Suzanne Kelley, campaign co-chair and president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “Surpassing the goal of raising $60 million ensures that families will have access to help when they need it most.”

Catherine Jacobson, campaign co-chair and president and CEO of Froedtert Health noted that, “Results create hope and results like these will do more than create hope, they will inspire and create change in our community –like the change we’ve seen in the teen pregnancy and infant mortality rates.”

“United Way has the expertise, the infrastructure and systems in place to create long-term social change. It’s amazing to see what can be accomplished when citizens and corporations get involved and come together to make a difference,” said Alex Molinaroli, campaign co-chair, chairman, president & CEO of Johnson Controls, Inc.

“It’s the people behind United Way that make all the difference –it’s in our name. CEO’s, teachers, parents, healthcare workers, and top bankers all come together to live united and help others,” said Mary Lou Young, president & CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “When diverse people and groups work together to overcome something –we can drive measurable, lasting impact that none of us can achieve alone. I’m incredibly proud of what our community has done here and look forward to the change it will create.”

Campaign Highlights:

  • Largest corporate supporter overall –Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Ten additional local companies contributed over one million dollars in employee gifts and corporate support. They are:
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Baird
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Fiduciary Management, Inc.
  • General Electric (GE)
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • MillerCoors
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Rockwell Automation
  • We Energies
  • Other company successes
  • Froedtert had 239 new individuals donate and their total pledge amount was up 68% over last year. Froedtert also implemented a new leadership match this year. 97 donors qualified for the match, generating an additional $80K to their campaign.
  • HUSCO saw an overall increase of $60,000 to their campaign, an increase of 33.6% over last year. HUSCO also matched their employee donations dollar for dollar.
  • U.S. Bank increased their corporate gift as a direct result of the merger and forged a new partnership with United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Division to engage employees in doubling the number of volunteer projects and increasing the number of individual employees volunteering from 80 to 200.
  • Also embracing the spirit of “greater together”, U.S. Bank partnered with Foley & Lardner LLP, Baird and Baker Tilly to engage the entire U.S. Bank Center in joint efforts around United Way, including an agency fair in the galleria, large branding throughout the building, and a reception to thank leadership donors from all four companies.