The executive director of the United Way of Leavenworth County reported making progress toward its goal at about the halfway point in the organization's 2012 campaign.
The executive director of the United Way of Leavenworth County reported making progress toward its goal at about the halfway point in the organization's 2012 campaign. “We are at 30 percent right now,” Nancy Bauder said this week. Though the mid-point of the campaign was actually the end of September — it officially lasts through Oct. 31 — Bauder said she feels good about being here at the start of campaign's second half. “Some of the things are just getting started,” she said, adding that some of the companies who have their own internal campaigns are set to being soon. The Combined Federal Campaign, which contributes toward the United Way goal, will last through mid-November. So while in 2011, her first campaign year as director, Bauder said she was concerned about when contributions seemed short, she knows now that contributions do not always keep pace with the calendar. However, “compared to last year at this time, I feel like we are in a better position,” she said, adding it was difficult to predict much further than that, likening the United Way campaign to a political contest. The United Way of Leavenworth County set a goal of $390,000 this year, up from the previous years' goal of $375,000. Bauder said the numbers are not the only factors suggesting the campaign is succeeding. There have been a lot more presentations for companies or organizations about the United Way's mission and one-on-one meetings with donors. Bauder said many of the companies who participate are also working to live out the theme of this 56th annual campaign, “Together Our Star Shines Brighter,” by meeting with each other to share ideas. Things aren't likely to slow down in the second half of the campaign, she said. From events like the “United Way Day” from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 at Lansing's IHOP, during which 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the United Way, to the fact that donations typically come in until the end of the organization's fiscal year in February, Bauder said there will be plenty to keep her and the group's board busy for the foreseeable future. “I feel like we have a good start,” she said. “We really appreciate the support of the individuals and the companies and all they do for our agencies in Leavenworth County.”