United Way surpasses goal at $4,719,540

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 08:41 PM

The United Way of Greater High Point set its 2012 Campaign Goal high at $4.7 million — more than $70,000 above last year’s amount raised.
UWGHP celebrated reaching that goal on Wednesday at High Point University. Campaign Chairman Tim Ilderton announced that a record setting $4,719,540 was raised to fund programs at 29 local partner agencies.
“We can keep on breaking those records,” Ilderton said.
This year’s campaign represents a 2 percent increase over the 2011 Campaign total of $4,627,000.
Bobby Smith, president of UWGHP, said this year has been amazing.
“The results of 2012 are really remarkable,” he said. “This is the third straight year that our community has set yet another all-time record.”
Results reported to United Way of North Carolina show that Greater High Point has posted the best percentage change among the major metro areas in North Carolina for the fifth time in the last six years including Charlotte, the Triangle, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Asheville and Wilmington.
According to United Way of America, High Point is one of the very few United Ways in the entire country that has not only rebounded from the recession, but is posting all-time record amounts raised. High Point is also the only major metro area in North Carolina that is raising more funds than in 2007. By contrast, giving to the almost 60 local United Ways has dropped more than 30 percent since 2007.
“We are truly bucking the trend. We are incredibly proud that we have raised more funds than we have ever raised in our 77 years,” Smith said. “2012 was another challenging year, especially during the fourth quarter when economic conditions worsened. However, United Way is the best way to advance the common good in our community, and our United Way is very fortunate to have such strong relationships and partnerships in which the generous citizens of High Point, Archdale, Trinity and Jamestown invest their resources.”
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. was again the top contributor in the 2012 United Way campaign with a total gift of $353,275 in employee and corporate giving. The City of High Point was the second largest donor with a total of $239,444 followed by Cornerstone Healthcare with $188,789.