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United Way Celebrates Top 25 Campaigns Supporting Work to Eradicate Poverty in the Triangle

United Way of the Greater Triangle announced its Top 25 workforce campaign supporters for the 2018 campaign.  Each of these 25 organizations raised $100,000 or more to support United Way’s work to eradicate poverty and to increase social mobility for Triangle residents.  Duke Energy remains the area’s top supporter of United Way resulting from generous employee giving and magnified by a corporate matching gift program.  RTI International and First Citizens Bank also renewed their tremendous support with the second and third highest totals, respectively.  The highest growth in campaign giving among these 25 partners came from Enterprise Holdings, Publix Super Markets, and Caterpillar Inc. 

“The United Way Top 25 represents both long-time partners and newer Triangle-area businesses, each committed to making this region a thriving community for all who live here,” said United Way President and CEO Eric Guckian.  “This group is diverse in industry, in fundraising ideas, and in leadership but all share a common goal of supporting United Way’s work to build healthy families, to foster cradle to career opportunities, and to support equity and leadership.”

Donors who gave to the United Way Community Impact Fund support a diverse fund of nonprofit organizations and collaborative partnerships selected for their collective contributions toward eradicating poverty in the region.  Investments from this fund into the community totaled $3.5 million, an increase of 18% in large part due to the generous commitment of Top 25 campaigns.   Funds raised from the 2018 campaign are invested in more than 60 organizations and collaborative partnerships, including

• Wake County:  Families Together, Interact, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, and WAKE Up and Read
• Durham County:  East Durham Children’s Initiative, Book Harvest, Student U, and Habitat for Humanity
• Orange County:  Family Success Alliance, Interfaith Council for Social Services, LatinX Ed, and Child Care Services Association
• Johnston County:  Johnston Lee Harnett Communication Action, Partnership for Children of Johnston County, and My Kid’s Club.

Employees giving through United Way’s donor choice model raised an additional $2.3 million for hundreds of nonprofit organizations doing important work in a variety of services.   United Way’s workforce giving platform facilitates employee giving to the organizations of their strongest passion and involvement. 

“United Way gives us a way to connect employees with the larger community, to learn about complex issues they may or may not see on a daily basis,” said Jim Gibson, Chief Operating Officer for RTI International.  “By partnering with United Way, our employees join an important community of response and active engagement through giving and service.  We are proud of our committed colleagues and thrilled to continue supporting such important work in the Triangle.”

We celebrate the following United Way Top 25 corporate campaigns for 2018:  Duke Energy, RTI International, First Citizens Bank, Publix Super Markets, Nationwide Insurance, UPS, Golden Corral, Wells Fargo, SunTrust Bank, Eaton Corporation, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Bayer, Caterpillar Inc, BB&T, Coastal Credit Union, Enterprise Holdings Corporation, IBM Corporation, Deloitte, John Deere, EY, PNC Bank, Duke University and Duke Health System, Syngenta, Harris Teeter, and Genworth Financial.

Learn more about employer workforce giving and United Way’s Community Impact Fund at