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A record miss – Better than 1999

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Adding four weeks to its annual fall campaign generated $250,000 for the Triangle United Way – enough to raise its total this year to a record-high $21.2 million, but still $600,000 short of its goal, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported Dec. 13.

The total raised was up 5 percent from 1999 but represented the first time in four years that the United Way had failed to meet its goal.

United Way officials said pending mergers and restructuring of some local companies created uncertainty for workers worried about their jobs, which may have curbed their charitable giving, the N&O said.

The United Way said Glaxo Wellcome and IBM – the companies with the biggest fundraising campaigns — produced stronger results than initially expected, while Duke University and the Duke University Health System combined to raise more than $1 million for the first time.

IBM raised nearly $3.2 million, while Glaxo Wellcome raised nearly $2.7 million.

Research Triangle Institute, with about 1,550 local workers, met its $175,000 goal but has pledged to raise its total to $250,000 by the end of next week.

For full story, go to The News & Observer.

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