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Monday, April 11, 2016
In 2015, the Corporation for National and Community Service published a report that indicated 62.8 million volunteers provided 7.9 billion hours of volunteer labor valued at $184 billion dollars. In Florida, we have a great deal to celebrate as we approach April and celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month. Twenty percent of our population can be...
Monday, April 11, 2016
In my position as the CEO of United Way, I am often exposed to the best our community has to offer. This gratitude is often balanced by negativity that arises when there is a question of financial and social equality. Thankfully, there are best practices utilized by United Way to govern decision making on how to respond to social service needs....
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
This session on Resource Development and Donor Centered Fundraising is for organizational leaders and board members who are eager to learn how to attract and engage donor support. Training includes the following: Techniques for acquiring new donors in order to broaden a base of support Different and effective strategies for renewing donor support...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Trip Maygarden Trip attended law school at the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, he returned to his hometown of Pensacola and started his legal career. Trip currently works as a partner at the local law firm: Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge, PA. As a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Community...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The 2016 tax season is almost over! Don’t miss your chance to maximize your money: Online: file taxes anywhere or anytime at www.myfreetaxes.com. In-person: go to a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and have an IRS-certified volunteer prepare your taxes one-on-one. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.unitedwayescambia.org/taxhelp for locations and...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
During the celebration, Red Feather Leadership and WLC members learned about an exciting new collaboration between United Way and two partner agencies. DeDe Flounlacker from Manna Food Banks and Leslie Hunter-Huff from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast introduced Tummy Bundles. This pilot initiative, partially funded through a Switzer...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Recovery efforts for the families impacted by the two EF3 tornados that destroyed or damaged 408 properties across Escambia County remain an on-going, top priority. Through the support of many local nonprofits, organizations and individuals, these families have begun to rebuild. In the first round of funding, United Way released $136,085.71 in...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
In celebration of National Volunteer Month, United Way would like to highlight the outstanding work of Larry Draeger. Larry is one of many volunteers who collectively provided service valued at an estimated $11 billion to communities across Florida (according to the Independent Sector). He has been a member of United Way’s Retired and Senior...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Together, United Ways raised more than $3.87 billion in direct donations last year. Forbes uses four metrics to calculate their list: Amount Donated (how much financial support the organization received through direct giving) Charitable Commitment (how much of a charity's total expense went directly to the charitable purpose, as opposed to...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
This session is useful for CEOs and Executive Directors, HR personnel, COOs and board members who are eager to learn how to facilitate stronger relationships among their staff. Training includes the following: Utilizing goal setting and mission-oriented evaluations to strengthen the team Tactics to listen effectively and to talk with conviction...