I am pleased to announce that the City has raised more than $1 million as part of the 2012 Charitable Campaign. This is the first time in history the City has more than $ 1 Million for United Way Organizations.
The City is a pacesetter organization, which means our campaign begins in August and ends in October. This year, the City of San Antonio was also among the other $1 million campaigns including USAA, Valero Energy, HEB, NuStar, and Zachry Holdings.
Since 2008, the City has raised a total of $4.48 million including this year’s amount of $1,015,540.
Each year, the City sets goals for the departments along with a Citywide goal – this year was $985,000, and we raised 5.4% above our goal. The City departments did an outstanding job.
Each year, we encourage full participation among our 11,400 employees. I am proud to say that 63% of our employees support the Charitable Campaign and participating through payroll deductions and/or one-time contributions. Many more participate with the multiple fundraisers that the departments conduct throughout the campaign.
I also want to add that our Leadership Giving also increased this year. With 522 leadership givers (those contributing more than $500 per year), this was a growth of 10% from last year 473 givers. This includes many of our front line employees that are giving at this level.
Our City employees are an indication of this wonderful community we serve. A recent study by the Nonprofit Times ranked San Antonio Number One in best performing cities in America for United Way giving
I have been involved with United Way for many years here in San Antonio and in my previous cities. Next year I have the privilege of serving as the Citywide Chairperson for the 2013 Campaign for San Antonio and Bexar County.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to serve the community and support United Way which provides more than $49 million in assistance to great organizations who serve people in need throughout the San Antonio community.