United Way of the Coastal Empire Raises $8,080,344

Jeff Kole
Jeff Kole

United Way of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce the 2009 campaign has raised $8,080,344 or 98% of the $8.2 million goal to help people in need in our community. The funds raised will be used to support over 100 human service programs and services in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.

“It’s significant to note that while this may not be the highest campaign total, it was probably the greatest campaign effort, given the fact that we achieved this in a year where we are experiencing the biggest recession since the Great Depression,” said Gregg Schroeder, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire.

At the campaign celebration on November 20th, 2009, United Way of the Coastal Empire decided to extend its campaign to include last minute donations.

With the campaign still building momentum and the surprise announcement of a $100,000 campaign challenge grant, United Way hoped that by extending the campaign, it would be able to raise additional funds necessary to help more people in need. Since November 20th, United Way was able to raise nearly $265,000.

Several new records were set this year, the largest being Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and their employees with total contributions exceeding $2 million.

Additionally, the Colonial Group contributed over $300,000 and funded the $100,000 challenge match at the end of campaign.

Campaign Chair Jeff Kole, President of Kole Management Company, declared this year’s campaign a victory, revealing that in extraordinary economic times, generous individuals and corporations raised over $8 million for only the third time in United Way’s 71 year history.

United Way sincerely thanks the individual donors, corporate supporters, volunteers and staff who showed they cared about their community as they gave generously in these challenging times.

The mission of the United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Through partnerships, long-term planning and thoughtful investment of donor contributions, United Way of the Coastal Empire supports over 100 programs and services in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

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