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Local United Way chapter shatters goal

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Total donations for this year’s United Way of Logan County campaign exceeded expectations by more than $8,000.

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Jim Donnelly, executive director of the United Way of Logan County, reports collections for the organization's 2012 campaign came in at $663,401 — $8,401 more than its stated goal. (PHOTO | UNITED WAY OF LOGAN COUNTY)

Jim Donnelly, executive director of the local United Way chapter, reported total collections for the 2012 campaign came in at $663,401 — a tremendous increase compared to last year.

Local residents, businesses and organizations combined to donate $40,990 more than last year’s collection.

More, total donations exceeded the stated campaign goal by $8,401, marking the first time since 2010 the United Way surpassed the previous year’s results.

“We knew that the economy would be a challenge this year and that our task would be difficult,” Mr. Donnelly said. “By working with the United Way of Logan County this past year, I’ve seen first hand how important our work is to all of our families, friends and neighbors.”

The sizable collection was foreshadowed by the annual September kickoff event wherein nine United Way pacesetter companies combined to increase their giving by 24 percent over the 2011 campaign kickoff.

Mr. Donnelly credited the work of Mike Mullins, campaign chairman, and Tammy Allison, board of trustees president, and all other cabinet members and volunteers for “their passionate and dedicated leadership and support.”

Nearly every individual, organization and company which previously supported the United Way of Logan County increased their giving, officials report.

Addressing the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club, Mr. Donnelly said Thursday a few goals for 2013 include raising $700,000. A new Web site and increased social media presence were some other things Mr. Donnelly hopes the United Way of Logan County can accomplish in 2013.

“For those who have not yet supported this year’s campaign, you can still contribute as we continue to raise every dollar possible to help our children succeed and families and individuals achieve financial stability,” Mr. Donnelly said. “On behalf of our entire team I want to thank every single business, company and individual who generously contributed to this year’s campaign. Whether you contributed a major financial gift or a single dollar, we thank you.”

To contact the local United Way office, call 592-2886.

Funding decisions for the local agencies that will receive financial support in 2013 will be announced in the coming weeks.

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