United Way Champions

Together, we’re building a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

UNITED WAY CHAMPIONS

Local solutions. Lasting impact.

I like that United Way invests in concrete initiatives like the Parent-Child Home Program. It has a long lasting impact on kids’ lives.

—Will Strong

United Way makes giving fun and easy. Being a philanthropist isn’t just about the money—It’s about wanting to make the world a better place!

—Srilata Remala

United Way is there for the people who need it. We know they make the most of our investment every year.

—Doug and Maryann Orwiler

Our friends in tech ask why we support United Way. For us, we literally can’t think of a more powerful and turnkey platform to amplify our efforts so that everyone thrives. And none of us thrives unless everyone thrives.

—Heather Lowenthal and Jonathan Sposato

We support United Way as the best manager of our investment in the community we love. Their expertise increases the impact of our gifts on the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.

—Barrie and Richard Galanti

We want to invest in our community— and we find United Way is not only able to deliver effective solutions to scale, they are in a unique position to effect public policy in ways that make a difference.

—Suri and Mala Raman

United Way is all of us. Together, we take on homelessness, the achievement gap and financial instability, leveraging smart solutions that change lives.

—Margaret Meister and Joan McBride

Stand up for what you’re passionate about. Make a big, lasting impact. Face challenges head-on—and know that you can make a difference. Join forces with our forward-thinking, game-changing United Way Champions when you make a gift of $10,000 or more.

For more information or to make your Champion gift, email Christy Cheever or call 206.461.8367.

Benefits of Becoming a United Way Champion

  • INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT As a member, you’ll have access to a Donor Relations Manager who will help you personalize your giving strategy. They’ll provide you with the research and insight you need to meet your philanthropic goals. When you become a United Way Champion, you can put your gift of $10,000 to work right away—and our philanthropic funds allow you to combine your giving and be recognized for all you do in the community.
  • ACCESSIBILITY Our educational events allow you to dive deep into the issues you’re passionate about. From focused events to social meet-ups, to community walking tours—there’s something for everyone. With a fresh perspective and vital information, you’ll be one step closer to creating change in your community.
  • CURATED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We’ll connect you to a variety of ways to volunteer. Whether you’re a joiner, prefer to work one-on-one or want to enlist your family and friends—we’ll find volunteer opportunities that are tailored to you.

Calendar of Events


Champions’ events allow you to dive deep into the issues you’re passionate about. Take insider tours, go to social meetups, volunteer. With a fresh perspective and key information, you’ll be one step closer to creating change in your community.

Dante and Jennifer Treglia with their two kids volunteering on MLK Day

Kathy Surace-Smith and daughter Julia sorting merchandise at Jubilee Thrift Store

Blair Taylor and his family organize the racks at Jubilee Thrift Store on MLK Day

The Nickerson family remerchandises the shelves at Jubilee Thrift Store on MLK Day

Lots of rearranging needed at Jubilee Thrift Store

At Marra Farms

Angela Stowell at Marra Farms for Day of Caring

Working together on Veterans Day

Stuffing pillows for people who are homeless

Family volunteer project making pillows for veterans who are homeless

Nafisa sharing her Reconnecting Youth story

United Way Board members Dr. Ben Danielson and Angela Stowell

Lauren McGowan, Director of Financial Stability, updates crowd on new program

Seattle School Board and United Way Board member Stephan Blanford discusses racial bias and its adverse effects

Suri and Mala Raman at Cocktails & Community Conversations

John Whitley, Toni Townes-Whitley, Guest, Truy Norris-Grey

Kathy Surace-Smith, Nafisa, Jane Broom Davidson

Chefs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants served up a crowd-pleasing spread

Mary Gates Celebration – Bridgette and Blair Taylor

Champion level donors joined Nathan Myhrvold (center) to learn about Intellectual Ventures Lab’s emerging technologies

United Way Champion Karen Marcotte Solimano celebrates the Summer Meal program with Sounders FC Steve Zakuani and Roger Levesque

Champion donors Angela and Ethan Stowell had the chance to recognize long-time United Way supporter Cliff Avril as Seahawks Man of the Year at the VMAC training facility.

Mary Gates Celebration—Rebecca Proudman, Srilakshmi Remala, Srilata Remala, Noreen Shahani

Mary Gates Celebration—Patty and Scott Meden

Mary Gates Celebration—Colleen Bromen, Julia and Kathy Surace-Smith, Jim Solimano

New Champion-level donors had some on-field time with Russell Wilson, thanks to Alaska Airlines and United Way board member Ben Minicucci

Mary Gates Celebration—Tom and Margo Van Halm, Jim Solimano and Karen Marcotte Solimano, Thad Alston and Kari Glover

Mary Gates Celebration—Amy and Tony Bacon, Alissa and Bryan Gabriel

Mary Gates Celebration—Bill Neukom (in his signature bow tie) received the Beacon Award for Philanthropy

Sep
12
6-8PM

United Way Champions Celebration

Please join us and your fellow Champion donors at a garden party in Broadmoor. We’ll  be celebrating the impact of Champion-level generosity in the community.

Sep
25
5:30-7:30PM

Cocktails & Community Conversation: Bridge to Finish

Location: The Tack Room at Brave Horse Tavern

Community colleges are the most affordable way for low-income people to complete their education. Yet in the Seattle area alone, fewer than half of these students earn a credential or degree.

Join us and other United Way Champion donors as we dig into the issue of why—and what can be done about it.


Stand up for what you’re passionate about. Make a big, lasting impact. Face challenges head-on—and know that you can make a difference. Join forces with our forward-thinking, game-changing United Way Champions when you make a total annual gift of $10,000 or more.

For more information or to make your Champion gift, email Christy Cheever or call 206.461.8367.

The Impact of your $10,000 gift

Ending Homelessness

Your support means people have homes—and if homelessness does happen, it’s brief and one-time so people rebound quickly.

Results:

Last year, donors helped 7,500 people off the street and into housing. More than 5,000 others received assistance to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness.

Keeping Families Stable

We help people have the tools to break the cycle of poverty and kids have access to nutritious food every day.

Results:

Last year, 1,025 volunteers with the Free Tax Preparation Campaign secured $31.6M in tax refunds that helped low-income families keep more of the money they earned.

A Path to Graduation

We start by helping low-income children prepare for kindergarten. For young people 16-21 who have not graduated, we help them get back on track.

Results:

Donors are helping 1,300 low-income families make sure their toddlers succeed out-of-the-blocks in kindergarten, and they help thousands of young people get back on track for graduation, college and a career.

For more information or to make your Champion gift, email Christy Cheever or call 206.461.8367.

Annual Giving


At the Champion level, 100% of your donation goes to United Way. At all other annual levels, 50% or more goes to United Way. The balance of your gift can be directed to other nonprofits.

CHAMPION $10K – $24K: Includes individual donor support, access to informative programs and events, curated volunteer opportunities and recognition in local publications.

ADVOCATE $25K – $49K: All the benefits listed above.

STEWARD $50K – $99K: All the benefits listed above.

VISIONARY $100K – $199K: All the benefits listed above. Plus exclusive invitations to peer-hosted events.

PILLAR $200K+: All the benefits listed above.


Multi-Year Giving

LIVE UNITED LEADERSHIP $100K+: Paid over a period of up to four years.

MILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE $1M+: Paid over a period of up to five years, with at least $250K to United Way. Read more here.


Donor-Advised Funds

Give stock, take tax breaks. Learn more here (PDF).


Become a United Way Champion!


Looking for a different way to give? You’ll find the pledge form here (PDF). For more information or to make your Champion gift, email Christy Cheever or call 206.461.8367.