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, 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.
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.

Family-Friendly Volunteer Events

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

Cocktails and Community Conversations

  • 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
  • Nafisa sharing her Reconnecting Youth story

Exclusive opportunities

  • 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
  • Mary Gates Celebration—Bridgette and Blair Taylor

SEPT
14

DAY OF CARING

Roll up your sleeves and be part of the largest day of volunteering in the state! Join with fellow Champions in working to build a community where people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable.

SEPT
21

NIGHT OUT FOR CARING

Let’s show the rest of the country what caring looks like, Seattle style! Join us at Safeco Field for a night of celebrating community—cocktails, celebrities and giving back, all under one roof.

SEPT
24
7-9PM

Celebrate with Ethan & Angela Stowell—and Macklemore!

This is our chance to say THANK YOU and celebrate the year with all of our generous supporters. Join us for delicious food and drinks and help us celebrate all the good that’s been accomplished this year.

OCT
30
6:30-8:30PM

CHAMPIONS CELEBRATION AT THE SPHERES

What better place to celebrate United Way’s change-makers than at The Spheres, Amazon’s greenhouse of growth and vitality! Join us as we reenergize our commitment to community over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a horticultural tour.

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.

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. All Champion-level donors are invited to the premier Mary Gates Celebration each summer.

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


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. Read more here.

You’ll find the pledge form here. For more information or to make your Champion gift, email Christy Cheever or call 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.

AdTS Pledge Form (PDF)