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There are many different aspects of working at a nonprofit organization that can be challenging at times. Fundraising is certainly one of them. Earlier this year, Jenn Goble and Gary Cremeans set a very aggressive goal for their co-workers at United Way of the Bluegrass. They wanted to support the 2014-2015 campaign by reaching a financial goal of $20,000, and desired to achieve 100% staff participation. With these goals in mind, the challenge was set and the  campaign was underway.
During the internal employee campaign, UWBG staff members participated in a weeklong mission to raise money and hit the goals Jenn and Gary had set with the team.  The week included special staff events, and a competitive silent auction. The duo also suggested incorporating the idea of volunteerism into some of the events they conducted.
One such event, Teacher’s Appreciation Day, was held at William Wells Brown Elementary. UWBG staff members took coffee and breakfast to the teachers and shared snacks with them that were donated by two local businesses, A Cup of Common Wealth and North Lime Coffee and Donuts. UWBG team members also worked to collect toys and apparel for The Nest during the annual “Fill the Truck” event. During this event, over 250 toys and roughly 100 apparel items were collected to support area families.
Even though the financial goal of $20,000 seemed daunting at first, the team was still able to raise a record-breaking amount of $27,491.40 with 100% participation from full-time staff! There were challenges that the team faced along the way, so raising such a large amount of money among a small staff is definitely an impressive feat. This accomplishment speaks to the dedication of the staff at UWBG and how much they believe in the partners and programs they help support and fund.