United Way of Central Alabama

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The United Way of Central Alabama is a non-profit organization which coordinates fund raising and community charity work throughout central Alabama. Its offices are located at 3600 8th Avenue South.

The organization was founded in 1923 as the Birmingham Community Chest, benefitting thirty-one agencies and with an initial fund-raising goal of $450,000. The symbol for the campaign was a red feather. For most of its history, Community Chest offices were located in the Downtown YWCA.

In 1956 the name was changed to United Appeal. The group was invited to expand into Shelby County in 1969 and into Walker County the following year.

In 1985 the group was renamed United Way-Community Chest of Central Alabama. In 1992 it was shortened to its present name.

Fund raising

United Way of Central Alabama holds a major annual fund-raiser which now supports 80 health and human service programs across the area. Typically each year's fund-raising goal is raised beyond the previous year's collections.

Year Chair Goal Pledge
1975 Houston Blount
1984 Willie Warren
1977 William Rushton III
2004 $32,000,000 $32,800,000
2005 $33,500,000 $34,100,000
2006 $34,400,000 $34,800,000
2007 $36,200,000 $36,600,000
2008 $37,250,000 $37,260,000
2009 $37,260,000 $37,270,000
2010
2011
2012
2013 $37,900,000 $37,903,729
2014 $38,250,000 $38,255,109
2015 Nancy Goedecke $38,755,000 $38,801,031
2016 Rich Bielen $39,000,000 $39,000,612
2017 John Owen $38,000,000 $38,000,214
2018 Kennon Walthall $38,000,000 $38,000,000

External link

References

  • "United Way of Central Alabama." (January 2007) Birmingham Then & Now Special Promotion, Birmingham Magazine Vol. 47, No. 1, p. 127
  • Faulk, Kent (December 10, 2009) "United Way of Central Alabama makes goal." The Birmingham News