United Way Champions

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


Local solutions. Lasting impact.

We trust United Way of King County’s ability to take things to scale. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, we know that they are able to get rental assistance and food to those who need it most.

Kathy Surace-Smith and Brad Smith, Million Dollar Roundtable donors

We love that United Way takes programs to scale. Education is important to our family and they’re investing in programs that help thousands of students be successful.

Chris Capossela and Leigh Toner, Campaign Co-Chairs and Million Dollar Roundtable donors

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

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

Stay connected in this time of social distancing. Make a big, lasting impact. 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. We make it easy to plan your annual giving and never charge fees for directed giving.
  • EDUCATION ON COMMUNITY ISSUES 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. Connect online with your peers in this time of social distancing. With a fresh perspective and key information, you’ll be one step closer to creating change in your community.

Angela Stowell at Marra Farms for Day of Caring

Campaign Co-Chair Chris Capossela with Healther Lowenthal serving breakfast at a Family Resource Exchange

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

Working together on Veterans Day

Stuffing pillows for people who are homeless

Family volunteer project making pillows for veterans who are homeless

Suri and Mala Raman at Cocktails & Community Conversations

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

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

Kathy Surace-Smith, Nafisa, Jane Broom Davidson

2019 Champions Celebration: Hosts Kabir and Noreen Shahani with their daughter, Leigh Toner and Chris Capossela

2019 Champions Celebration: Geevy and Elizabeth Thomas

2018 Champions Celebration at Amazon Spheres: Karen Marcotte Solimano and Jim Solimano

2018 Champions Celebration at Amazon Spheres: Jason and Jodi Coren

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

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

Upcoming Events

For more information on the events or to RSVP, contact CCheever@uwkc.org.

Philanthropy+: Behind-the-scenes opportunity

We’d love to hear from United Way Champions to influence the work and grow the Champions program. We are recruiting for two groups in order to do just that. We’re looking for volunteers to dig deep into the issues with us, generate ideas, provide a sounding board and share the good results with your friends.

Champions Committee: Fighting Homelessness
Chair Peter Orser, United Way Board member and Champion donor

Champions Committee: Helping Students GraduateChair: Jonathan Burks, United Way Board member and Champion donor

Both groups will meet four times a year. If you’re interested, please let us know here.

The Impact of your $10,000 gift

Fighting Homelessness

Our current system of tackling homelessness isn’t working. Your support allows us to focus on eviction prevention, jobs and homes—proven approaches that bring results.


Last year, donors helped 2,272 people off move off the streets through Street to Home. More than 400 families received legal and financial assistance to avoid eviction in the first six months of the Home Base program. Get an inside look at what’s working and what’s not in this area.

Helping Students Graduate

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.


Donors are helping 1,300 low-income families make sure their toddlers succeed out-of-the-blocks in kindergarten, and helped more than 3,500 young people get their education back. Check out the progress here.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

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


Last year, 1,030 volunteers with the Free Tax Preparation Campaign secured $30.1M in tax refunds that helped low-income families keep more of the money they earned. See what we’re learning.

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.