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.



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, contact Christy Cheever at ccheever@uwkc.org or 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. We make it easy to plan your annual giving and never charge fees for directed giving.
ACCESSIBILITY Our educational events allow you to dive deep into the issues you’re passionate about. From focus 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 you family and friends—we’ll find volunteer opportunities that are tailored to you.


Calendar of Events


Our events allow you to dive deep into the issues you’re passionate about. From insider tours and social meetups to volunteer opportunities—there’s something for everyone. With a fresh perspective and vital information, you’ll be one step closer to creating change in your community.

Family-Friendly Volunteer Events

Cocktails and Community Conversations

Exclusive opportunities

Family-Friendly Volunteer Events

  • At Marra Farms
  • Angela Stowell at Marra Farms for Day of Caring
  • Working together on Veterans Day
  • Stuffing pillows for people who are homeless
  • Packaging holiday toys for low income families
  • Family volunteer project making pillows for veterans who are homeless

Cocktails and Community Conversations

  • Chefs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants served up a crowd-pleasing spread
  • United Way Board members Dr. Ben Danielson and Angela Stowell
  • Lauren McGowan, Director of Financial Stability updates crowd on new program

Exclusive opportunities

  • 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
  • Mary Gates Celebration - Bridgette and Blair Taylor
  • Mary Gates Celebration - Guests mingle with host Bill Gates

OCT
9
12-1:30PM

Reconnecting Youth Briefing

More than 14,000 young people in our community have not graduated and are not employed. Join Kathy Surace-Smith and Angela Stowell at Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue to learn how United Way is helping reconnect them to their education. You’ll learn more about the issue and hear from young people who are currently in the program.

OCT
30
6-8pm

Cocktails & Community Conversation

Hear about what’s working to improve high school graduation rates. Join us at Purple in Bellevue, hosted by Brad Smith and Toni Townes-Whitley of Microsoft. For more information or to make your Champion gift, contact Christy Cheever at ccheever@uwkc.org or 206.461.8367.

NOV
28

United Way Champions Progress Party

Join Stacey and Dan Levitan at their home in Madrona to learn about the impact your United Way gift has made in the community. You’ll hear from experts on key issues and find out what’s working and what’s not.

MAY
23
2018

Annual Breakfast

More than 1,000 business leaders will gather at Safeco Field for an inspirational morning

You’ll learn more about the issue and have the chance to make a contribution right then and there.

For more information or to make your Champion gift, contact Christy Cheever at ccheever@uwkc.org or 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 remainder goes to the cause of your choice.

CHAMPION $10K – $24K

Includes individual donor support, access to informative programs and events, curated volunteer opportunities and recognition in local publications. All Champion-level donors are invited to the premier Mary Gates Celebration each summer.

MARY GATES CIRCLE $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


MARY GATES LEADERSHIP $100K+

Paid over a period of up to four years, with 50% or more to United Way.

MILLION DOLLAR ROUNDTABLE $1M+

Paid over a period of up to five years, with at least $250K to United Way.

For more information or to make your Champion gift, contact Christy Cheever at ccheever@uwkc.org or 206.461.8367.

Now is the time to stand up for what you’re passionate about. To make a big, lasting impact. To face challenges head-on—and know that you can make a difference. Join forces with our group of forward-thinking change-makers: the United Way Champions.

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