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2018 Campaign


United Way staff often field the question about our funds distribution.  Having the most recognizable non-profit logo in the world has its benefits.  United Way Worldwide and the network of each United Way branch, throughout the world, allows the strength in numbers, but it does also offer confusion with funds distribution.  We can proudly say that money raised in Otter Tail & Wadena Counties stays in Otter Tail & Wadena Counties, unless the donor designates differently.  The funds raised in Otter Tail & Wadena Counties support our partnering programs and our internal initiatives.

With that, we are excited to launch our 2018 Campaign theme, "Give Where You Live!"  

Business Blitz

The Business Blitz is a quick and fun way to do a workplace campaign. Packets are delivered and picked up at area businesses by United Way volunteers. The volunteers bring your packet to your businesses front door, leaving you with all of the information you need to run a successful campaign at your workplace. They will return to pick them up in one week. Giving to United Way is quick and simple. To make it even more fun for your business, look at our corporate ideas for campaign fun.

                                                               Campaign Fun:

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How to Donate:

Direct Gift:                                                                                               

You may make gifts of cash and checks to the United Way at any time.
Our United Way address is: 120 E Washington Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

Payroll Deduction:

Your employer's payroll or human resources department automatically deducts an amount of money that you determine from your check each payday. You decide the amount and the number of pay periods your gift will be deducted.

Bill Me:

You pledge the amount of your gift and pay us as it is convenient for you. Monthly, quarterly or annual billing can be set up and will be sent by the United Way office.

Stock Gifts:

Please call the United Way office regarding gifts of stock transfers.    

Credit Cards:

We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover to make your giving convenient and without hassle.  Make a credit card donation here.

Leadership Giving:

Leadership giving describes donations of $500 or more.

Download pledge forms below:

Individual Pledge form

Company Pledge form

Other levels of giving include:

Friend Level:   $500-$749
Family Level:   $750-$999
Silver Level:   $1,000-$2,499
Gold Level:   $2,500-$4,999
Platinum Level:   $5,000-$9,999
Alexis de Tocqueville Society:   Gifts of $10,000 and above

What will your donation do?

Three out of five residents of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties use one or more of the programs that United Way funds. Supporting United Way is a way to support your community.

Campaign Proceeds

Our goal is determined by the amount of money our partner programs request, as well as historic levels of giving to United Way. 99% of the dollars raised here in Otter Tail & Wadena Counties, stay in Otter Tail & Wadena Counties. Only 1% leave to go to our national dues. We are able to use those dollars however for support and training opportunities through flexible education credits.

Year         Campaign Goal   Campaign Proceeds   % of goal
2010/2011         $300,000   $290,558.56   96.9%
2011         $325,000   $316,052.80   97.2%
2012         $310,000   $335,846.55   108.3%
2013         $320,000   $330,946.16   103.4%
2014         $320,000   $324,204.25   101.3%
2015         $320,000   $324,519.35   101.4%
2016         $335,000   $392,307.17   117.1%
2017         $370,000   $386,645.76   104.5%
2018         $385,000   $20,597.42         5.3%