United Way Champions


Championing Change Starts Here.

Passionate about having a lasting impact on our community and leaving a legacy of positive change? Join forces with forward-thinking leaders who share your extraordinary commitment to social responsibility.

When you become a United Way Champion by making a gift of $10,000 or more, you can put it to work right away. Our philanthropic funds allow you to combine your giving and be recognized for all you do in the community.

Becoming a Champion Gets You…

Jonathan Sposato ad Heather Lowenthal

Individual Donor Support | Access a Donor Relations Manager who’ll help you personalize your giving strategy. They’ll provide you with research and insight to help meet your philanthropic goals. We make it easy to plan your annual giving and never charge fees for directed giving.

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Access to Exclusive Events | From networking events with leaders to insider tours and social celebrations, you’ll get to dive deep into the issues you’re most passionate about.

Curated Community Engagement | We’ll tailor volunteer opportunities for you and your family to get involved in our community.

Meet the Champions

Lak Lakshmanan and his son stand before the city of Seattle skyline

“This sort of need – as a result of the pandemic – is something I couldn’t have anticipated and I’m glad United Way was there.”

—Lak Lakshmanan| Director, Google Cloud

When we broke ground on the Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle became our home away from home. We are committed to this great city and the people in it and grateful that United Way of King County is here to help families navigate and emerge from this challenging time.

—Tim Leiweke, CEO, Oak View Group

“One of the things we love about United Way is that they look at many different, interrelated problems that we have in our community that are incredibly important for us to solve—like poverty, education and homelessness. They’re also great at finding people who have problems and connecting them to people who can help solve them.”

—Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner

The United Way of King County’s rapid and continued response to COVID-19 is providing critical relief to tens of thousands of families and individuals in King County. Their role as community leader, steward, and investor is key to moving the region through and beyond this current crisis.

—David Bonderman, Chairman and Majority Owner, Seattle Kraken

Following the onset of COVID-19 and the resulting impacts on so many families in our community, United Way’s leadership is more important than ever and we are proud to increase our support in this time of extraordinary need.

—David Wright, Vice Chair and Investor, Seattle Kraken

I tend to think globally, but I really like how United Way is tackling problems here locally. They’re able to take programs to scale and the results are impressive.

—Bradley Dillon

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

—Doug and Maryann Orwiler

Jonathan Sposato ad Heather Lowenthal

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

Our family cares deeply about education. United Way’s work to help low-income college students complete a degree or certification helps break the cycle of poverty for so many.

—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

The Champions Impact

Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. In 2022, we distributed over $73 million to ensure 7,000 families could stay in their homes.

Everyone deserves enough to eat. United Way’s Home Grocery Delivery services reach 5,000 households each week. And for our students learning in the classroom, Breakfast After the Bell now gives breakfast access to 543,000 students in Washington state. When school was out, over half a million kids received free summer meals!

Everyone deserves resources they need to thrive. In 2022, our Free Tax Preparation Campaign team helped 6,400 of our neighbors walk away with more than $11 million in income tax refunds.

Benefits Hubs on community college campuses throughout the county help 15,000 students meet their basic needs so that they can focus on graduating.

Ready to Be A Champion?

Learn more and discuss your giving opportunities today.

Email James Modie at jmodie@uwkc.org or call (206) 461-4515.


Includes individual donor support, access to informative programs and events, curated volunteer opportunities and recognition in local publications.


All the benefits listed above.


All the benefits listed above.


All the benefits listed above, plus, exclusive invitations to peer-hosted events.


All the benefits listed above.


All the benefits listed above, plus, curated perks. Paid over a period of up to five years, with at least $250K to United Way. Email James Modie at jmodie@uwkc.org or call (206) 461-4515 for more info.