Fundraising Events | 2020 Community Campaign | Loaned Executive Program | Leadership Giving KEY Club | Campaign 2020 Photos

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 2020 Community Campaign  raised $495,104 for 99% of our $500,000 goal.  The 2021 campaign goal will be set this Spring. The Campaign Chairwoman is Amber Gomes, Community Relations Manager for Umpqua Bank..

Fundraising Events

Wednesday, September 7, 2021 is the official United Way Community Campaign kick off.   Depending on current COVID-19 restrictions, no formal kickoff luncheon will be held.  A comprehensive special campaign tabloid will be published in the Herald and News on September 10th.

Saturday, September 4, 2021 the 22nd annual United Way Community Golf Challenge at Shield Crest Golf Course unless cancelled due to COVID-19. A Golfer & Citizens United for our Community auction was held in 2020 in lieu of the golf challege.  Corporate sponsors of that event included Pacific Power (Premier Sponsor), Umpqua Bank, Klamath Energy, LLC and Columbia Forest Products (Corporate Sponsors).  The special on-line auction featuring golf prizes and a wide assortment of other items netted $4,100. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (12 noon to 1 p.m.)
United Way Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held on January 25, 2022.  This event too is 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 along with the introduction of 2022 board officers.

2020 Community Campaign

The 2020 Community Campaign kicked off on September 9th and  raised $495,104 for 99% of its $500,000 goal. Lauren Jespersen (pictured above) served as Campaign Chairman.   The 2021 Campaign Chairwoman is Amber Gomes, Umpqua Bank Community Relations Manager.

Volunteers are now being recruited to take part in the 2021 campaign team.   Listed below are the majority of volunteers who participated in the 2020 campaign effort.   Please contact the United Way at 541-882-5558 if you wish to get involved.

To see the 2020 community campaign brochure, please click here.


Created using the Donation Thermometer plugin$500,000Raised $495,104 towards the $500,000 target.$495,104Raised $495,104 towards the $500,000 target.99%The United Way Community
Campaign tally changes daily.

For the most current
results, please contact
the United Way office at
(541) 882-5558.


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
Tom Hottman  Marketing/Communications
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
Division Volunteer Chairperson Goals
Agriculture  Don Boyd  $ 31,000
Commercial  Jean Phillips $37,000
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

United Way Loaned Executive Program

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 kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd and ran through Nov. 4th. The follow three loaned executive participants in the 2020 campaign all served as loaned executives before.  This strategy allowed for a more condensed training program.  For more information on the 2021 program, 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 was 1Lt. Brandon McGraw.  Pictured are the Loaned Executives for 2020.

SMSgt. Caleb Gettman

1Lt. Jeremy Riblett

1Lt. Brandon McGraw

Leadership Giving KEY Club

The United Way Leadership Giving KEY Club encourages annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the United Way. In 2020, there were 98 individuals who joined the KEY Club and contributed a total of $202,545 for an average gift of $2,067. While every gift to United Way is important and appreciated, leadership gifts are vital and represent more than  40% of United Way’s total campaign funds raised.

The 2020 KEY Club chairman was Juan Maldonado, general manager of Klamath Falls Toyota. Please view our Donors & Volunteers page for a 2020 membership listing.


Campaign 2020 Photos of Spirit Award Recipients

In 2020, there were 26 workplace campaigns that earned a Spirit Award for increasing their contributions by a minimum of 5% and achieving a minimum gift of $250.00







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.


South Suburban Sanitary District employees earned a Gold Spirit Award representing a $91.64 per employee contribution.


Klamath County Information Technology staff earned a Platinum Spirit Award representing a $100.00 per employee contribution.