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For Ben Morales, building a community that can LIVE UNITED is the heart and soul of his work every single day. Through his work with United Way of Thurston County, he found a way to make a difference and fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Thurston County.

Morales became part of our regional community in 2003 when he joined the banking team at Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU). Moving from the Las Vegas area, he first heard about United Way of Thurston County through former Board member and former Olympia Mayor Doug Mah. As...
Post date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 12:35pm

Understanding Donor-Advised Funds

Presented by Nancy J. LaPointe

A donor-advised fund (DAF) is an account established through a sponsoring charity, often an organization established for the purpose of providing this type of planned giving vehicle. The donor makes an irrevocable gift to an account owned by that sponsoring organization and can recommend charitable disbursements to charities of their choice thereafter.

How DAFs Work

Because the sponsoring organization of a DAF is, in and of itself, a charity, donors are eligible for an immediate upfront...

Post date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 4:52pm

We asked Titus-Will Auto Group to share information with us about their Workplace Giving Campaign and philanthropy at work. Here's what they shared:

Titus-Will Auto Group has been a community leader since it’s inception in 1938. We don’t just give with our wallets, we give with our hearts and our hands! It is not enough for us to be known as a great place to do business in the Puget Sound, it is just as important to build a legacy of how we helped to shape the community around us by giving back.

Our internal fundraising with our 500+ employees begins with us matching...

Post date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 1:53pm
If you've received an email from anyone at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC), you'll notice several logos displayed beneath our own. These organizations are UWTC's Cornerstone Partners.   Cornerstone Partners are central to our success, providing foundational support for our organization, as well as important leadership on our board and other committees, insight on community issues, thousands of volunteers who take a hands-on role in getting things done, and the financial resources to make progress on health, education, and financial stability in Thurston County.   Our Cornerstone...
Post date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 1:37pm

Presented by Nancy J. LaPointe

Charitable giving is an important piece of many individuals’ estate plans. Beyond the tax advantages offered by charitable donations, many people have personal reasons for choosing to include charities in their estate plans. A number of vehicles are available to facilitate charitable giving, apart from a straight gift of cash or property to an institution. To help you decide how to incorporate charitable giving into your estate plan, let’s look at some of the most popular options.

Donor-Advised Funds

A donor-advised fund is managed by a...

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 1:57pm

If you've received an email from anyone at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC), you'll notice several logos displayed beneath our own. These organizations are UWTC's Cornerstone Partners.   Cornerstone Partners are central to our success, providing foundational support for our organization, as well as important leadership on our board and other committees, insight on community issues, thousands of volunteers who take a hands-on role in getting things done, and the financial resources to make progress on health, education, and financial stability in Thurston County.   Our Cornerstone...
Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 1:45pm
                                                              Even before that was its name, Bill Lahmann worked with United Way of Thurston County. “As a first-year teacher in the Tumwater School District in 1971, I was asked to be the United Good Neighbor (later called United Way of Thurston County) coordinator for our school’s workplace giving campaign,” he recalls. “Through that experience, I learned about the many ways that United Way helped our community. As a result, I have participated in and, in most cases, served as the coordinator in every place I have worked since then.”   He and...
Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 1:29pm

Written by Chris Wells, Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County

"We're saving lives today."

In the cold, pre-dawn hours of March 5, 2021, Incident Commander for Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Mark Moffett, addressed nearly one hundred non-clinical volunteers gathered at SPSCC, preparing for the first of hundreds of vaccination clinics that we hoped would mark the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic that had upended all of our lives. 

Two weeks earlier, Thurston County Public Health and United Way of Thurston County partnered together to...

Post date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 12:57pm

Northwest Harvest estimates that a million Washingtonians visited a food bank in the last year alone, and 1 in 10 consistently struggle with hunger. Our local food banks work tirelessly to provide food and supplies to residents across the region. But their good work relies on one key feature: donors who provide goods, money,...

Post date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 3:16pm
When customers walk into any business owned by Stormans, Inc. between December 26th and January 31st, an unusual sight greets them: employees dressed in casual attire sporting stickers that say, ‘I’m Dressing Down to Support United Way.’ The innovative workplace campaign has raised between $5,000 and $8,000 for United Way for the past 20 years.   Through the program, employees can buy casual dress days from their store directors for $3.00 apiece, with a minimum of five days for $15.00. Anyone spending $100 or more buys unlimited dress-down days and receives a $15 Starbucks gift card, while...
Post date: Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 2:24pm

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