The United Way of the Klamath Basin annual fund raising campaign drives include the United Way Community Campaign and the State of Oregon Employee Charitable Campaign. Contributions to United Way are accepted year-round. The 2019 Community Campaign raised $492,280. The 2020 campaign goal has been set at $500,000 and the Campaign Chairman is Lauren Jespersen, foundation director of Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Wednesday, September 9 is the official United Way Community Campaign kick off. No formal luncheon will be held due to COVID-19 restrictions. A comprehensive special campaign tabloid will be published in the Herald and News on September 9th.
Saturday, September 12 the 21st annual United Way Community Golf Challenge at Shield Crest Golf Course has been cancelled due to COVID-19. A Golfer & Citizens United for our Community campaign will be held in its place. Corporate sponsors include Pacific Power (Premier Sponsor), Umpqua Bank, Klamath Energy, LLC and Columbia Forest Products (Corporate Sponsors). A special on-line community auction featuring golf prizes and a wide assortment of other items will be held during Friday, September 25th at 8 a.m. through Monday, September 28 at 6 p.m. Call United Way for more details. Interested bidders are encouraged to go to 32auctions.com/UWKB to see the complete list of auction items and to make a bid. Interested persons can also view the auction items on this website at the special events section.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (12 noon to 1 p.m.)
United Way Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held on January 26th, pending the latest COVID-19 restrictions. Reservations are required and are available by contacting United Way, 882-5558. The final campaign results will be announced at this meeting.
The 2020 Community Campaign will kick off on September 9th and announce its final results at the annual meeting of the United Way board and friends on January 26, 2021. Lauren Jespersen (pictured above) will will lead the Community Campaign efforts in 2020. Amber Gomes with Umpqua Bank and Jenine Stuedli with Caliber Home Loans will serve as Associate Campaign Chairpersons.
Volunteers have been recruited to fill various campaign positions. Listed below are the majority of volunteers. Please contact the United Way at 541-882-5558 if you wish to get involved or make a donation.
To see the 2020 community campaign brochure, please click here.
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|2020 Campaign Leadership Team|
|Lauren Jespersen||Campaign Chairman|
|Amber Gomes||Assoc. Campaign Chairman|
|Jenine Stuedli||Assoc. Campaign Chairman|
|Heather Curtis||Pacesetter Chairman|
|Don Boyd||AG Chairman|
|Suzie Galloway||Major Firms Chairman|
|Todd Andres||Corporate Gifts Chairman|
|Dr. Stewart Decker||Professional Div. Chairman|
|Kristin Sayles||Special Events|
|Marcus Henderson||Public Sector Chairman|
|Wayne Snoozy||Special Gifts Chairman|
|Sheri Hargrave||Small Business Division|
|Jean Phillips||Commercial Division|
|Juan Maldonado||Leadership Giving KEY Club|
|1Lt. Brandon McGraw||Loaned Executive Chair|
|Jeff Bullock||Klamath County Schools|
|Teri Leeper Taylor||Klamath Falls City Schools|
|Amanda Van Riper||Klamath County Government|
|Christy David||United Way Agencies|
|1Lt. Jeremy Riblett||Loaned Executive|
|SMSgt. Caleb Gettman||Loaned Executive|
|2020 Campaign Goals|
|Agriculture||Don Boyd||$ 31,000|
|Major Firms||Suzie Galloway||$166,000|
|Corporate Gifts||Todd Andres||$64,000|
|Small Business||Sheri Hargrave||$ 7,000|
|Special Gifts||Wayne Snoozy||$ 67,000|
|Public Employees||Marcus Henderson||$ 63,000|
|Professional||Dr. Stewart Decker||$ 62,000|
|Special Events||Kristin Sayles||$ 3,000|
|Klamath Basin Total||Lauren Jespersen||$ 500,000|
The United Way Loaned Executive Management Development program is vital to the overall success of the United Way Community Campaign. These special volunteers are responsible for raising about 60% of the campaign goal. Each executive volunteers between 25 and 30 hours during United Way’s nine-week fund drive. They attend a two-day training and learn about the United Way member agencies, their programs, and much about United Way’s operating policies and procedures. The loaned executives meet with CEO’s and give presentations to thousands of employees at their workplace. There is no charge to participate in the program.
This is an especially great learning opportunity for new managers or people new to Klamath County. The 2020 Loaned Executive Management Development program will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd and run through Nov. 4th. For more information, please contact Leroy Cabral at United Way, 541-882-5558. Our thanks to these individuals and their employers for their outstanding support. Loaned executives are vital to the success of our campaign.
Serving as the chairman of the 2020 Loaned Executive program is 1Lt. Brandon McGraw. Pictured are the Loaned Executives for 2020.
SMSgt. Caleb Gettman
1Lt. Jeremy Riblett
1Lt. Brandon McGraw
The United Way Leadership Giving KEY Club encourages annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the United Way. In 2019, there were 113 individuals who joined the KEY Club and contributed a total of $224,350 for an average gift of $1,985. While every gift to United Way is important and appreciated, leadership gifts are vital and represent 45% of United Way’s total campaign funds raised. Of the $224,350, approximately $18,000 of this were gifts in-kind (advertising, marketing materials).
The 2019 KEY Club chairman was Mike Cheeseman. The 2020 KEY Club chairman is Juan Maldonado. Please view our Donors & Volunteers page for a membership listing.
Basin Mediactive employees donated $2,496 for a 93% increase representing a $226.91 per employee gift earning them a Platinum Spirit Award.
Klamath Falls Toyota employees donated $14,502 , a 165% increase representing $439.45 per employee earning a Platinum Spirit award.
Great Basin Insurance employees donated $1,414, a 100% increase representing $70.70 per employee earning them a Silver Spirit award.
Lithia Dodge employees donated $9,066, a 23% increase representing a $171.06 per employee contribution earning them a Platinum Spirit award.