United Way record – Big individual gifts fuel increase

The United Way set a new record with its 1999-2000 campaigns for health and human services, raising a combined $3.77 billion.

The campaign outpaced the previous year’s by more than $190 million, or 5.4 percent, which is the largest revenue increase in a decade. This is the fourth year in a row that campaign growth has outpaced inflation.

The campaigns grew in every region, fueled by an increase in gifts of over $1,000 from individuals. Big donations were up 13.5 percent from last year, totaling $948 million or over a quarter of overall campaign increases.

United Way is the largest recipient of charitable donations for health and human services.

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