United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Raises Over $61.5 Million To Support North Texans

Last week, to celebrate the success of its 2018-19 campaign, United Way recognized its local volunteers and donors that played a part in making the financial milestone possible.

By the time the fiscal year ends on June 30, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will reach a financial milestone: raising $61.6 million in its annual Unite Forever endowment campaign. Two-thirds of the funds will go to support United Way’s work in the “building blocks of opportunity”—education, income, and health—with the rest to nonprofits designated by donors. 

Funds invested in United Way will not only ensure families in need have basic resources, but also drive social innovation and equip people with the necessary skills for success. 

With United Way’s support, last year 4,000 individuals found new or better jobs; 33,000 children received well-child exams; and nearly 90,000 were served by area food pantries. During the campaign, United Way volunteers logged almost 24,000 community service hours.

Under the leadership of Rich and Mary Templeton, the 2018-19 campaign will fund programs that truly make a difference, such as United Way’s First Five Program, a provider of high quality child care to underserved communities in Southern Dallas, and Pathways to Work, which was recently selected for a grant program to train individuals and close talent gaps in the technology sector.  

The Templetons (left) at the United Way Awards. [Photo: Courtesy United Way]

“United Way is the unifying, driving force to get lasting results for Dallas,” Rich Templeton said in a statement. “Mary and I have been honored to lead this campaign, mobilizing volunteers and companies toward action to improve education, income and health in our community.”

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Following the Templetons as United Way’s 2019-20 Annual Campaign chairs will be Tom Falk, chairman of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and his wife, Karen.

With 2019-20 marking United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 95th annual campaign, the organization is hoping to build upon the momentum generated in recent years. 

“Something special happens when people come together, united around a common goal,” said United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson. “As we come to this campaign year’s end, we celebrate this power that can lift a community and put opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.” 

Jennifer Sampson is the CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. [Photo: Courtesy United Way]

Meet this year’s United Way award winners

Last week, to commemorate and celebrate the success of the 2018-19 campaign, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas recognized some of its volunteers and donors that contributed to making it all possible.

Honorees included:

  • J. Erik Jonsson Award – Clint McDonnough, Chairman, United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Give Award – Kristy Faus and Carol March, Co-Chairs, Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children
  • Advocate Award – Individual: Roberta (Robbi) Luxbacher, Vice-Chair, Advocacy Committee; Corporate: Tim Leahy, AT&T
  • Volunteer Award – Individual: Terri Grosh, Texas Instruments; Organization: Mr. Cooper
  • Education Award – Individual: Cynthia Yung, Boone Family Foundation; Organization: Celanese Corporation
  • Income Award – Individual: Valerie Skinner, Holloway Family Foundation; Organization: JPMorgan & Chase Co. – Anne Motsenbocker
  • Health Award – Individual: Debbie Dennis, Oncor; Organization: AdvoCare Foundation – Whitney Strauss
  • Social Innovation Award – Individual: Kimberly O’Neil, CEO, The Giving Blueprint; Organization Kleinert Foundation
  • Emerging Leader Award – Shawn Leamon, Chief Strategist, LaGrande Global
  • United Way Service Award – Carrington Coleman
  • Public Service Award – Tom Luce and Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036
  • Robert Miller Media Award – Grant Moise, President and Publisher, Dallas Morning News
  • Spirit of Caring – Texas Instruments
  • Corporate Impact Award – PepsiCo
  • Million Dollar Companies – AT&T, Baylor Scott & White Health, Celanese Corporation, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP, PepsiCo/Frito Lay, PwC, Texas Instruments, UPS, Vistra Energy
  • Corporate Leader Award – Amy King and Mark Haliwell, Ernst & Young LLP; Lesley Sanders, GEICO; Rebecca Mullin, McLane Food Service; Erica Austin and Jennifer Garcia Molina, Contran
  • Corporate Engagement Award – Baylor Scott & White Health, RealPage, Vistra Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources


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