Philanthropist Society Reception honors donors

United Way of Greater Cleveland hosted a reception July 11 at the Shoreby Club for its Philanthropist Society, celebrating donations the group raised in 2015 for community services.

The Philanthropist Society raised $8.2 million in 2015 for health and human services in Greater Cleveland, said Tom Adler, Senior Advisor for United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Board of Directors.

Comprised of donors who give $10,000 or more annually, the Philanthropist Society is affiliated with United Way Worldwide’s national Tocqueville Society. There are now 344 members, including 44 new members who contributed $710,000 in 2015, Adler said.

Augie Napoli SpeakingAugust Napoli, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s president and CEO, spoke to donors. He thanked them for their continued support of the organization’s work and highlighted the needs still present.

“I will be bold in challenging you,” he said. “While many of you live our mission and believe you understand our work, I will suggest there is a depth and complexity to the needs in our community that even the most engaged of you may not realize. There are crisis-level shortfalls in basic needs, education outcomes and financial security that would shock you.”

Philanthropist dollars provide funding for social services in health, income and education impact areas. Napoli urged members to continue supporting their communities through further contributions and service.

“Your presence here this evening is a testament to your past and current commitment to being active participants with your time, talent and treasure,” he said. “For that, we thank you and stress that we do not take a single minute, engagement or dollar for granted. But as guardians of our community’s future, and United Way’s future, we can do better, we must do better and we will do better.”

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