WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — United Way of Forsyth County raised $17.2 million in its annual fund drive, exceeding its goal by over $200,000.
Chaired by Keith Vaughan, chair of the firm management committee for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, the drive fell short of the nearly $17.5 million it raised the previous year.
Still, while United Way officials last spring estimated the drive scheduled to begin in the fall could raised only $16.75 million, leaders of the drive set a goal of $17 million.
Vaughn says in a statement the drive focused on the importance of United Way services and rising demand for them in tough economic times.
It also posted a big increase in the number of individuals giving to United Way for the first time, he says.
Because the previous drive fell five percent short of its goal, United Way last year cut its operating budget by five percent and expected to give $1.1 million less than it did a year ago to its 34 partner agencies.
Twelve Forsyth County organizations were nominated for Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Excellence, and seven of them were named winners, including BB&T, First Tennessee Bank, Hanesbrands, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.