By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer
A Cleveland firm recently reached its donation goal for United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Stellar Campaign. CBIZ, a financial consulting and insurance firm, reached its five percent giving increase, making it the first pacesetter business to report results in 2016.
United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Stellar Campaign challenges businesses to increase their previous year’s donation by five percent, including corporate gifts and/or employee or fundraising event results. There are two programs that companies can participate in. The first is Pacesetter, which requires reporting by Oct. 7. The second is Trendsetter, which requires reporting by Dec. 16. The overall campaign typically occurs around Labor Day, according to Taylor Holan, a United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign associate.
CBIZ ran its campaign in March. Led by Leonora Yurichak, campaign manager and human resources director at CBIZ, it raised more than $40,000. The company ran an employee giving campaign online, as well as accepting cash and checks, which accounted for more than $34,000 of its total gift.
It also raised $15,000 in corporate donations and more than $4,500 through special events.
Last year’s campaign had 28 Pacesetters, with 23 reaching their goals, and 90 Trendsetters, with 59 reaching their goals. Together, these groups raised $2,956,577 for United Way of Greater Cleveland.
In its third year, the Stellar Campaign is being rebranded, which includes a new logo and larger social media presence. Businesses that meet their goals will be highlighted across all of their platforms by United Way of Greater Cleveland.