United Way sets $17 million goal for Greenville County


United Way of Greenville County volunteers announced Tuesday they will reach for a new record in giving during the community’s annual fall campaign.

More than 1,100 volunteers and representatives from 600 businesses and organizations participating in this year’s United Way campaign attended the kickoff celebration Tuesday at the TD Convention Center, where 2016 Campaign Chair Jennifer Johnsen, shareholder at Gallivan, White & Boyd, announced a goal of $17 million. 

Dollars raised in the campaign will be used to support United Way’s work to build a Cycle of Success where children start school prepared to learn and go on to graduate, well-educated graduates find good jobs and create stable homes, and children from stable homes continue the cycle because they start school on track and prepared to learn.

“Because we know the needs in our community are still great, and because we know the tremendous impact we can have as a community, we must renew our commitment to building a Cycle of Success for all in Greenville County and strive to reach a goal of $17 million,” said Johnsen. “What we do over the next two months will have a multi-generational impact—not just for the thousands of families who will be helped by United Way and our partners—but our whole community, which will be strengthened by having more children ready for school, more high school graduates, and more financially stable families raising children ready for school.”

Last year, more than 130,000 people advanced along the Cycle of Success in one or more of the four key areas: Life Essentials, School Readiness, High School Graduation, or Financial Stability.

The campaign is off to a strong start with Vice Chair Kurt Rozelsky of Smith Moore Leatherwood reporting that 35 “Pacesetter” companies—including United Way and its partner agencies—have already turned in employee pledges totaling more than $3.8 million, or 22 percent of the overall goal. The figure includes four large campaigns—Fluor Corporation, Greenville Health System, Michelin North America and Greenville County Schools—which are still running, but have already raised almost $2.3 million combined. 

Pacesetter Companies for 2016 are:

  • 3M
  • Acumen IT
  • Belk
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of S.C.
  • BNC Bank
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Cherry Bekaert LLP
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Elliott Davis
  • First Citizens Bank
  • First Community Bank
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Greenville Health System
  • Macy’s
  • Master Power Transmission
  • McMillan Pazdan Smith
  • Michelin North America
  • Park Sterling Bank
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Renewable Water Resources
  • Resurgent Capital Services
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
  • Southern First Bank
  • South State Bank
  • Springbrook Behavioral Health
  • Target
  • Thomas McAfee Funeral Home
  • UBS
  • UPS
  • United Way and Partners 
  • World Acceptance Corporation
  • WYFF 4


The campaign runs through Oct. 31, with a final report meeting scheduled for Nov 10.

United Way is asking donors to share their support on social media using the #TeamUWGC and #IGaveHere. 

To contribute, visit www.unitedwaygc.org/give or text “UWGC” to 41444 to access mobile giving. Or call 864-467-3509 to find out how you and your company can get involved.