United Way of Greenville County has reached more than 96 percent of its 2017 fundraising goal to support various nonprofits and their community programs, officials recently announced.
The organization reports that nearly 30,000 people have made pledges totaling just over $16.4 million.
“The people of Greenville County are showing why we are recognized as one of the most caring communities in the country,” said Kurt Rozelsky, campaign chairman, in a news release. “The level of generosity from Greenville County’s corporate community, small businesses, public employees, and nonprofit partners has once again been outstanding.”
Support from approximately 600 United Way workplace campaigns has been strong, bringing the $17 million goal within reach, Rozelsky said, adding that raising the remaining $600,000 would be a big victory for the community and would translate into thousands more lives helped.
The $17 million goal has eluded the organization for the past three years. The total raised in 2014 was $16.6 million. In 2015, the campaign raised $16.7 million – the highest ever in the organization’s history, as well as the largest amount raised by a United Way organization in South Carolina. It then raised $16.5 million last year.
United Way is hoping to raise the final four percent of this year’s goal with gifts from Greenville County citizens not yet reached through its workplace campaigns.
“The energy behind this year’s United Way campaign has been amazing, but we recognize that many people in our community still have not had the opportunity to contribute. Our hope is to rally people outside of the traditional workplace campaign who want to give back in support of Greenville County,” said Rozelsky.
The money raised will be used to support United Way’s work to build their Cycle of Success program, according to a press release. The program helps children start school ready to learn and go on to graduate and assists graduates in finding good jobs and creating stable homes. Last year, the initiative helped more than 100,000 people in key areas such as life essentials, school readiness, high school graduation, and financial stability.