Business Partners

IT'S NOT JUST A GOOD CAUSE, IT'S GOOD BUSINESS.

When your company partners with Greater Ottawa County United Way to advance the common good, the community benefits... and so do you.

Why should you run a United Way campaign?

  • You help create a better community in which to live and work.
  • Your employees become more connected and engaged, which enhances productivity and fosters leadership, employee retention, and profits.
  • Your employees learn about the local services available to assist their families.
  • Your customers and the community have a more favorable impression
        of your company.

To find out more about running a workplace campaign, contact Tracy Plummer at tplummer@ottawaunitedway.org or call (616) 396-7811.

Here's How You Can Help

  • Sponsor a Workplace Campaign with employee pledges paid by payroll deduction – the most efficient and effective way to DO THE MOST GOOD. Our staff and campaign volunteers will provide a “turn-key” campaign plan and assist your staff every step of the way. 
  • Leverage your employees’ generosity with a Corporate Matching Gift of 10, 20, 40, 50, even 100%.
  • Participate as a company in United Way-led Volunteer Events such as Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Park, Stuff the Bus, and more.
  • Facilitate Employee Involvement as United Way community investment and campaign volunteers or on United Way board and committees—the training ground for tomorrow’s community and business leaders.
  • Provide a Sponsorship Gift to underwrite the expenses of the community campaign.
  • Hold a Fundraising Event in your company or community to contribute to the campaign and increase awareness of United Way’s work.
  • Encourage your local customers and vendors to JOIN THE MOVEMENT.
     

Greater Ottawa County United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to make Ottawa County better for all of us. Partnering with United Way is the best way to have the greatest impact.

LOCAL

All dollars donated in (or designated to) Ottawa County stay in Ottawa County. United Way improves lives in part through a rigorous community investment process that invests the community’s generosity in 58 effective programs run by local nonprofit agencies that are making a difference in HEALTH, EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY, and BASIC NEEDS. The process is transparent, volunteer-driven, and ensures that every dollar donated is spent wisely where it is needed most.

LONG-TERM RESULTS

GOCUW does more than fund programs. We build relationships and partner with the people, organizations, and businesses throughout the community who bring the passion, resources, and expertise needed to get things done. Together, we assess and address the community’s most pressing and prevalent needs while working toward long-term solutions that prevent problems from happening.

WORKFORCE STABILITY

United Way programs can benefit your workforce. Through a United Way campaign in your workplace, you can help your employees learn about Familywize Prescription Assistance, CALL 2-1-1, Get Connected, the Lakeshore Housing Alliance, and United Way-funded programs that can improve their health, education and financial stability - the building blocks of a better life.

ENHANCED COMPANY IMAGE

Your partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way fosters teamwork and builds morale. Your company is recognized in our annual reports, media and other communications and its image is enhanced in the eyes of your employees, customers, vendors and the community.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

When you make it possible for your employees to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER, you don’t just advance the common good. Corporate philanthropy and volunteerism are also powerful leadership development and employee retention tools. We provide the volunteer opportunities that help you develop and retain your company’s future leaders.

LEVERAGE

GOCUW streamlines your charitable giving. With one donation, you assist our neighbors at every age and stage of life, from expectant mothers to young children, youth, working families, children and adults with disabilities, vulnerable seniors, and more. The dollars invested in local programs leverage even more dollars from other funding sources. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, for every dollar donated to United Way’s campaign, Ottawa County received $3.70 in community benefit.

FROM “SPARE CHANGE” TO LASTING CHANGE

Last year, 40,000 employees at 180 Ottawa County companies heard the United Way message. Nearly 10,000 chose to give more than $1.5 million of the $2.23 million raised in the campaign. If the remaining 100,000 working adults in Ottawa County each gave just $1 per week, we would raise more than $7 million and truly create lasting and meaningful change. YOU can help make it happen.
 

To find out more about running a workplace campaign, contact Tracy Plummer at tplummer@ottawaunitedway.org or call (616) 396-7811.