UW Sunday Column 9-14-14: Our Community is Better United

This past week, United Way kicked off its annual campaign, marking the 92nd year in which our nonprofit, community and business leaders came together for the betterment of our community. Over the years, many of Springfield’s most distinguished citizens have stepped forward to lead this community-wide effort.

Individuals bearing the Lanphier, Troxell, Bunn, Shnirring and Cadigan names represent only a fraction of people on this long list of campaign chairs. As such, our family is humbled and deeply honored to lead this year’s United Way campaign.

Within our family, we know

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UW Sunday Column 9-7-14: Stop donating, start investing

United Way of Central Illinois kicks off its 2014 campaign with a breakfast this week.

And how would you react if I were to ask you and all prospective donors not to make a donation to United Way this year?

Would you think it was strange and that I was crazy?

After all, why on earth would the president of our local United Way ask the public not to donate?

United Way doesn’t want your donation. We want your investment. I am asking and would encourage you to consider an investment in United Way’s Community Fund…an investment in your community…an investment which you expect us to demonstrate positive, meaningful change in our community.

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