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United Way of Greater Cleveland Changes Annual Meeting Date

Kendra Wheeler, media relations manager

Cleveland (March 10, 2017) Today, at United Way of Greater Cleveland’s annual meeting, which attracted a crowd of 1,100 people, United Way President and CEO August Napoli announced a change to how the organization culminates the fundraising season.

The annual meeting – which in recent years transitioned from a celebration of how much money was raised to exemplifying the nonprofits’ impact in the community – will again undergo another change. Beginning in 2018, United Way’s annual meeting will be held in September instead of March.

“For more than 20 years, United Way traditionally hosted our annual meeting in March after a seven-month fundraising campaign,” said Napoli. “United Way is changing the way we fundraise with new strategies; we’re looking beyond the workplace campaign and also focusing on long-term, major, principal gifts which we’ll pursue year round.”

The date change, as Napoli explained in his annual meeting remarks, aligns the nonprofit’s annual campaign and fundraising initiatives with the fiscal year which spans July 1 through June 30. A September annual meeting will have a similar purpose of celebrating Cleveland’s philanthropic spirit, informing the community on the impact of their gifts and recognizing individual and corporate donors.

At today’s annual meeting, Campaign Co-Chairs Heidi Gartland, vice president government and community relations, University Hospitals and John MacIntosh, managing partner, KPMG, announced the 2016-2017 campaign raised $40,274,176. The date change extends their governance of the fundraising efforts through June 30, 2017. The 2017-2018 campaign begins July 1, 2017.

Adjustments to the campaign schedule will not impact United Way’s allocations process funding 128 health and human service programs to address education, financial stability, health and basic needs.

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