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NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID GAINESVILLE, FL PERMIT # 6031 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607-2025 (352) 331-2800 www.unitedwayncfl.org www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl

education

income

YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM

GET INVOLVED!

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Carolyn Lukert, Board Chair, Dementia Education, Inc. Matt Fajack, Vice Chair, University of Florida Kenneth Kurdziel, Finance Chair, James Moore & Company Quenta Vettel, APR, Communications Chair, University of Florida Dennis Gies, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer Ester Tibbs, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kay Ayers, AvMed Harbin Bolton, Cox Communications Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College Ward Boston, North Florida Regional Medical Center Rob Chapman, Publix Tom Clark, Nationwide Insurance Bill Gair, University of Florida Sam Goforth, Wells Fargo Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark Robert Hunzinger, Gainesville Regional Utilities Tony Jones, Gainesville Police Department Hershel Lyons, Alachua County Public Schools Ken McGurn, McGurn Investments Ed Poppell, UF Development Corporation Melanie Ross, UF&Shands Andy Sherrard, O2B Kids! Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Adrian Taylor, Springhill Missionary Baptist Church Brad White, SunTrust, N.A. Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

2012 CAMPAIGN CABINET

Bill Gair/Chair, University of Florida Brad Politt, Shands HealthCare Kay Ayers, AvMed Patti Breedlove, UF Sid Martin Biotech Incubator Heather Doughton, Bosshardt Realty Services Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group Matt Fajack, University of Florida Russ Armistead, University of Florida Brad White, SunTrust Bank Elias Eldayrie, University of Florida

STAFF

Debbie Mason, President & CEO Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Karen Slevin, VP Community Impact Kim Faenza, Director of Communications & Marketing Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations Nikki Wagner, Development Director, Leadership & Affinity Groups Amy Bell, Community Impact Manager, Education Barbara Brady, Check and Connect Specialist Sarah Coulson, Communications Specialist Allison DiGioia, Americorp VISTA Andrea Fershtman, ReadingPals Coordinator Bob Guerriere, Director, Resource Development Christine Henderson, Americorp VISTA Annetta McCloud, Check and Connect Specialist Jennifer Stojkovic, VITA Program Coordinator Sylvia Waldman, Donor Database Manager Ashley Williams, RSVP Coordinator Patrick Wright, Check and Connect Specialist

health

Seniors, age 55+, are invited to improve educational outcomes in our community by serving as a ReadingPal for children attending low-performing VPK programs, a ReadingPal for children in 2nd and 3rd grade, or as a mentor and/or tutor for 9th grade students participating in the Check & Connect Drop-Out Prevention Program.

OUR STRATEGIC DIRECTION “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein

VOLUNTEER SELECT LAUNCHES AS NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA’S VOLUNTEER MATCH PROGRAM

Contact Ashley Williams at 352-333-0859, or email at awilliams@unitedwayncfl. org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/volunteerselect.

For the past decade, the Board of Directors have set a goal to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2018. That’s a BIG goal and will take the support of the entire community to accomplish. The key strategy for education focuses on early childhood preparation for learning – or Success By 6.

Check & Connect Volunteer as a mentor to provide time and guidance to a 9th grader served by the program. This evidence-based program places drop-out prevention specialists in local high schools with the greatest population of youth at risk of dropping out. Contact Amy Bell at 352-333-0842, email at abell@unitedwayncfl.org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/ volunteerselect.

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very goal needs a plan of achievement. United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) is a strategic organization focused on creating lasting change for long-term, large societal problems. Planning is a year-round process. It includes many data points, best practices, analysis and input from stakeholder groups, including impact partner agencies, donors, other United Way organizations, local citizens and national experts. The strategic direction of UWNCFL is set by the Board of Directors.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Joyner Construction and OEC Business Interiors for doing such a wonderful job with our building updates!

In addition to Success By 6, the board realizes we need other education interventions. A grant from Carol and Barney Barnett of the Publix Supermarkets ownership family, provides $225,000 for an innovative, measured program to increase reading scores for third graders in select elementary schools. Additionally, AT&T selected UWNCFL as the only United Way in the nation to receive a prestigious $300,000 grant to focus on improving success for at-risk ninth graders in three high schools. For the first time, the United Way Board also added goals and strategies in Health and Income impact areas.

• In Health, the goal is to ensure children and adults are healthy and safe in their homes, communities and schools, and have increased access to dental and medical care. • In Income, the goal is to reduce domestic impediments to education, created by poverty. Of the dollars that are invested into the Community Investment Fund, 70 percent is allocated via three-year grants to programs that can make a difference in reaching these long-term goals in Education, Health and Income. The remaining 30 percent is allocated via one-year grants that are directed to Immediate Needs, which are defined as providing food and shelter to those in crisis. While the board sets the strategic direction, another group of dedicated volunteers sets the actual indicators that have to be met, with specific performance measures for agencies that wish to apply for funding for a specific program. These volunteers are known as the Community Investment Team (CIT) and they spend days reviewing proposals, doing on-site visits, learning, scoring and debating to decide which programs will be most effective to “turn the curve” on the issues facing our community. The CIT provides specific funding recommendations in May to the UWNCFL Board for review, discussion and approval. The CIT then provides review and continues its planning to strengthen the community. 

ALACHUA COUNTY COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLANNING – THRIVE ALACHUA! For the past two years, UWNCFL has convened local experts, citizens, business and nonprofit leaders to focus on creating a community strategic plan for Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety areas. More than 400 people have been involved in setting indicators that measure the greatest scope of progress in each area. Spring and summer meetings will focus on naming strategies that are succeeding, framing new strategies and setting priorities for our community. This information provides a platform for funders such as United Way, local cities, counties, school boards, and other private foundations and individuals to make a real difference by aligning funding to priority solutions. UWNCFL is pleased to facilitate this important process. The plan also provides a great way to start attracting larger, national foundations to focus on funding in our community. One of the unique factors about UWNCFL is our power to improve lives by collaborating with community leaders, leading and convening experts and recruiting the

people and organizations from across our community who bring the expertise and resources needed to GET THINGS DONE. Join us for the next Alachua County Community Strategic Planning – Thrive Alachua meeting on May 9, 1 – 4 p.m. located at Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32653.

UWNCFL COMMUNITY IMPACT PARTNER AGENCIES UWNCFL 2011 – 2013 investments are supporting results-driven programs operated by 17 local Community Impact Partner Agencies. The programs aim to achieve UWNCFL goals around education, income, health and safety. Recently, in anticipation of the 2013-2016 funding cycle, United Way re-certified Community Impact Partner Agencies. This is a rigorous application process, and those selected for Impact Partners are required to maintain excellence in their governance, operations, fiscal and program areas. For a complete listing of our Community Impact Partners, visit www.unitedwayncfl. org/community-impact-partners-list

GIVE YOUR BOOKS A SECOND LIFE – DONATE THEM TODAY! Junior League & United Way of North Central Florida book drives

Nationwide Book Drive April 1 – 30

The Junior League will distribute Starter Libraries to at-risk kindergartners in Alachua County public schools. United Way’s ReadingPals Summer Program will provide students with educational books to read during summer months. These combined efforts will help improve literacy in our community.

Donate new or gently-used books to United Way’s Book Nooks at Nationwide, located at 3300 SW Williston Road. United Way’s Book Nooks, sponsored by local companies, provide free books for families throughout Alachua County to help improve literacy in our community.

Drop off gently-used or new books to: •B  ank of America: all locations in Gainesville, March 11 – April 14 • Chuy’s Restaurant: March 11 – April 29 •B  ooks-a-Million: NW 13th St., April 1 – 29 •P  ublix: all locations in Alachua County, April 15 – 29 •P  iesanos Restaurant: April 22 dine-in event

Contact Andrea Fershtman at afershtman@ unitedwayncfl.org or 352-333-0858 for more details about these book drives.


NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID GAINESVILLE, FL PERMIT # 6031 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607-2025 (352) 331-2800 www.unitedwayncfl.org www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl

education

income

YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM

GET INVOLVED!

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Carolyn Lukert, Board Chair, Dementia Education, Inc. Matt Fajack, Vice Chair, University of Florida Kenneth Kurdziel, Finance Chair, James Moore & Company Quenta Vettel, APR, Communications Chair, University of Florida Dennis Gies, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer Ester Tibbs, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kay Ayers, AvMed Harbin Bolton, Cox Communications Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College Ward Boston, North Florida Regional Medical Center Rob Chapman, Publix Tom Clark, Nationwide Insurance Bill Gair, University of Florida Sam Goforth, Wells Fargo Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark Robert Hunzinger, Gainesville Regional Utilities Tony Jones, Gainesville Police Department Hershel Lyons, Alachua County Public Schools Ken McGurn, McGurn Investments Ed Poppell, UF Development Corporation Melanie Ross, UF&Shands Andy Sherrard, O2B Kids! Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Adrian Taylor, Springhill Missionary Baptist Church Brad White, SunTrust, N.A. Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

2012 CAMPAIGN CABINET

Bill Gair/Chair, University of Florida Brad Politt, Shands HealthCare Kay Ayers, AvMed Patti Breedlove, UF Sid Martin Biotech Incubator Heather Doughton, Bosshardt Realty Services Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group Matt Fajack, University of Florida Russ Armistead, University of Florida Brad White, SunTrust Bank Elias Eldayrie, University of Florida

STAFF

Debbie Mason, President & CEO Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Karen Slevin, VP Community Impact Kim Faenza, Director of Communications & Marketing Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations Nikki Wagner, Development Director, Leadership & Affinity Groups Amy Bell, Community Impact Manager, Education Barbara Brady, Check and Connect Specialist Sarah Coulson, Communications Specialist Allison DiGioia, Americorp VISTA Andrea Fershtman, ReadingPals Coordinator Bob Guerriere, Director, Resource Development Christine Henderson, Americorp VISTA Annetta McCloud, Check and Connect Specialist Jennifer Stojkovic, VITA Program Coordinator Sylvia Waldman, Donor Database Manager Ashley Williams, RSVP Coordinator Patrick Wright, Check and Connect Specialist

health

Seniors, age 55+, are invited to improve educational outcomes in our community by serving as a ReadingPal for children attending low-performing VPK programs, a ReadingPal for children in 2nd and 3rd grade, or as a mentor and/or tutor for 9th grade students participating in the Check & Connect Drop-Out Prevention Program.

OUR STRATEGIC DIRECTION “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein

VOLUNTEER SELECT LAUNCHES AS NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA’S VOLUNTEER MATCH PROGRAM

Contact Ashley Williams at 352-333-0859, or email at awilliams@unitedwayncfl. org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/volunteerselect.

For the past decade, the Board of Directors have set a goal to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2018. That’s a BIG goal and will take the support of the entire community to accomplish. The key strategy for education focuses on early childhood preparation for learning – or Success By 6.

Check & Connect Volunteer as a mentor to provide time and guidance to a 9th grader served by the program. This evidence-based program places drop-out prevention specialists in local high schools with the greatest population of youth at risk of dropping out. Contact Amy Bell at 352-333-0842, email at abell@unitedwayncfl.org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/ volunteerselect.

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very goal needs a plan of achievement. United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) is a strategic organization focused on creating lasting change for long-term, large societal problems. Planning is a year-round process. It includes many data points, best practices, analysis and input from stakeholder groups, including impact partner agencies, donors, other United Way organizations, local citizens and national experts. The strategic direction of UWNCFL is set by the Board of Directors.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Joyner Construction and OEC Business Interiors for doing such a wonderful job with our building updates!

In addition to Success By 6, the board realizes we need other education interventions. A grant from Carol and Barney Barnett of the Publix Supermarkets ownership family, provides $225,000 for an innovative, measured program to increase reading scores for third graders in select elementary schools. Additionally, AT&T selected UWNCFL as the only United Way in the nation to receive a prestigious $300,000 grant to focus on improving success for at-risk ninth graders in three high schools. For the first time, the United Way Board also added goals and strategies in Health and Income impact areas.

• In Health, the goal is to ensure children and adults are healthy and safe in their homes, communities and schools, and have increased access to dental and medical care. • In Income, the goal is to reduce domestic impediments to education, created by poverty. Of the dollars that are invested into the Community Investment Fund, 70 percent is allocated via three-year grants to programs that can make a difference in reaching these long-term goals in Education, Health and Income. The remaining 30 percent is allocated via one-year grants that are directed to Immediate Needs, which are defined as providing food and shelter to those in crisis. While the board sets the strategic direction, another group of dedicated volunteers sets the actual indicators that have to be met, with specific performance measures for agencies that wish to apply for funding for a specific program. These volunteers are known as the Community Investment Team (CIT) and they spend days reviewing proposals, doing on-site visits, learning, scoring and debating to decide which programs will be most effective to “turn the curve” on the issues facing our community. The CIT provides specific funding recommendations in May to the UWNCFL Board for review, discussion and approval. The CIT then provides review and continues its planning to strengthen the community. 

ALACHUA COUNTY COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLANNING – THRIVE ALACHUA! For the past two years, UWNCFL has convened local experts, citizens, business and nonprofit leaders to focus on creating a community strategic plan for Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety areas. More than 400 people have been involved in setting indicators that measure the greatest scope of progress in each area. Spring and summer meetings will focus on naming strategies that are succeeding, framing new strategies and setting priorities for our community. This information provides a platform for funders such as United Way, local cities, counties, school boards, and other private foundations and individuals to make a real difference by aligning funding to priority solutions. UWNCFL is pleased to facilitate this important process. The plan also provides a great way to start attracting larger, national foundations to focus on funding in our community. One of the unique factors about UWNCFL is our power to improve lives by collaborating with community leaders, leading and convening experts and recruiting the

people and organizations from across our community who bring the expertise and resources needed to GET THINGS DONE. Join us for the next Alachua County Community Strategic Planning – Thrive Alachua meeting on May 9, 1 – 4 p.m. located at Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32653.

UWNCFL COMMUNITY IMPACT PARTNER AGENCIES UWNCFL 2011 – 2013 investments are supporting results-driven programs operated by 17 local Community Impact Partner Agencies. The programs aim to achieve UWNCFL goals around education, income, health and safety. Recently, in anticipation of the 2013-2016 funding cycle, United Way re-certified Community Impact Partner Agencies. This is a rigorous application process, and those selected for Impact Partners are required to maintain excellence in their governance, operations, fiscal and program areas. For a complete listing of our Community Impact Partners, visit www.unitedwayncfl. org/community-impact-partners-list

GIVE YOUR BOOKS A SECOND LIFE – DONATE THEM TODAY! Junior League & United Way of North Central Florida book drives

Nationwide Book Drive April 1 – 30

The Junior League will distribute Starter Libraries to at-risk kindergartners in Alachua County public schools. United Way’s ReadingPals Summer Program will provide students with educational books to read during summer months. These combined efforts will help improve literacy in our community.

Donate new or gently-used books to United Way’s Book Nooks at Nationwide, located at 3300 SW Williston Road. United Way’s Book Nooks, sponsored by local companies, provide free books for families throughout Alachua County to help improve literacy in our community.

Drop off gently-used or new books to: •B  ank of America: all locations in Gainesville, March 11 – April 14 • Chuy’s Restaurant: March 11 – April 29 •B  ooks-a-Million: NW 13th St., April 1 – 29 •P  ublix: all locations in Alachua County, April 15 – 29 •P  iesanos Restaurant: April 22 dine-in event

Contact Andrea Fershtman at afershtman@ unitedwayncfl.org or 352-333-0858 for more details about these book drives.


DONOR SPOTLIGHT BANK OF AMERICA

Bank of America employees are a group of people who do just that! It is difficult to focus on just one generous Bank of America employee, but Laura Gunter stands out when it comes to her devotion to United Way.

TINA CERTAIN HOW BANK OF AMERICA GAVE BACK

Gunter and other Bank of America employees have volunteered with various nonprofit organizations. “I enjoy the personal reward I feel by being involved.” Gunter said, “I stay involved because I truly believe United Way is the best way for me to make an impact on this community.” Thank you Bank of America for your energy and commitment!

The role Certain took in Willonte and Marcus’ reading journies was one of motivator and mentor.

“I have been involved with United Way for more than 25 years.” Gunter said, “I was given the opportunity to go on an agency tour many years ago and I saw firsthand the impact United Way makes in our community.” Gunter has served on United Way’s allocations committee where she learned how funding is distributed. This involvement allowed her to see the dollars at work in

ATTENTION! CONGRATULATIONS BOOT CAMP GRADUATES!

As a mother of two, Tina Certain knows how important reading is to academic Tina Certain and her ReadingPal success. That’s Willonte read together at Lake why she became Forest Elementary School. a ReadingPals volunteer. Certain started reading with a third grader named Willonte in October, and she is now working with a 3rd-grader named Marcus.

Thanks to Certain, Marcus understands the importance of reading. And even though Certain has stopped working with Willonte, she still sees him on special occasions. Willonte will “certainly” always remember the impact his friend had on his ability to read. Bank of America volunteering for the Weekend Hunger Backpack Program at Catholic Charities.

The five-week series taught young professionals the necessary skills to become a nonprofit leader and an active participant on a nonprofit board of directors.

Carvone Allen, Anthony Alongi, Staci-Ann Bertrand, Jennifer Blades, Rebecca Catalanolto, Jeremiah Day, Cat Ferris, Kathleen Kitching, Kim Lee, Natasha Livingston, Christian Long, Rosanne Martin, Jeanette Porro-Gough, Lory Rigsby, Anthony Rinehart, Beth Thomas, Daira Vargas, and Cinda Wilson.

Only 3 percent of nonprofit boards have members who are 40 years old or younger. United Way, through its Young Leaders Society, is committed to changing this statistic by growing a network of professionally trained board members. The next YLS interactive boot camp will focus on explaining United Way of North Central Florida’s collective impact!

The United Way of North Central Florida team thanks its generous Leadership Donors and Tocqueville Society Members, those who give $750 or more each year. R.S.V.P. to events@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: North Florida Retirement Village, The Tower Club (clubhouse), 8000 NW 27th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606

May 11

CONGRATULATIONS 2012 NONPROFIT BOOT CAMP GRADUATES!

“I learned a lot about nonprofits, and since I work for one, the knowledge I gained from the boot camp sessions will help improve my understanding of our operations,” said Martin.

May 8 | 5–7 p.m. LEADERSHIP RECEPTION – A NIGHT OF THANKS

A special thanks to our event Title Sponsor, North Florida Retirement Village.

On Nov. 5, 2012, 19 young, professional donors graduated from the Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp, a signature series of United Way’s Young Leaders Society.

Rosanne Martin, HR Manager for the North Florida Retirement Village, attended the YLS Boot Camp to build professional and leadership skills, and to learn the importance of leadership giving.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2012 graduates, pictured from left to right: Kathleen Kitching, Enterprise Holdings; Carvone Allen, Enterprise Holdings; Daira Vargas, Info Tech

SAVE THE DATE! Take the challenge and join Boot Camp II – Creating Collective Impact – Hosted by United Way of North Central Florida’s Young Leaders Society.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #1 May 6, 6 – 8 p.m. YLS soldiers will participate in basic training exercises about how social services operate in the field.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #2 May 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Debbie Mason, United Way of North Central Florida, President & CEO, and YLS Boot Camp II Commander, explains what it takes to lead in the nonprofit sector.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #3 May 20, 4 – 8 p.m. YLS soldiers will participate in a community investment simulation learning how to allocate resources to civilian programs.

CUSTOM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES April 29 – May 3 All trainings are located at United Way of North Central Florida base camp, 6031 NW 1st Place, Gainesville, FL For more details, email Lieutenant Wagner at nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org or call 352-333-0854.

Sip with United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council while you string jewelry, stamp name plates on books for ReadingPals children and enjoy great company! R.S.V.P. to Nikki Wagner nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: Nationwide Insurance, 3300 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

June 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. YOUNG LEADERS SOCIETY SOCIAL AT CHUY’S RESTAURANT Mix-n-mingle with fellow young leaders who Live United. R.S.V.P. to Nikki Wagner nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: Chuy’s Restaurant, 3510 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

June 14 | 7:30-9 a.m. 2013 UNITED WAY OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA CEO/COMMUNITY LEADER BREAKFAST Enjoy breakfast and good discussion with community leaders. Location: Gainesville Country Club, 7300 SW 35th Way, Gainesville, FL 32608

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

July 25

Place your non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will deliver it to a community food bank.

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR OUR 2013 UNITED WAY OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR BREAKFAST AND TRAINING!

CALLING ALL LOANED EXECUTIVES! For thirteen weeks this summer and fall, Loaned Executives will work with companies across north central Florida to plan and conduct United Way of North Central Florida workplace campaigns. All Loaned Execs are sponsored by generous companies and proudly represent that company and United Way in hundreds of employee forums. We hope your company will support the 2013 Loaned Executive Program! Read more about the benefits and responsibilities of a United Way Loaned Executive at www.unitedwayncfl.org.

As a Loaned Executive, you’ll represent your company, make valuable networking connections and make a difference in this community.

Do you think you have the ideal candidate? Please send all candidate information to Dana Clayton, United Way of North Central Florida VP of Resource Development at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org, or call 352-333-0846. Can’t spare a team member? Then sponsor a “hired” Loaned Executive with a $7,500 sponsorship.

LIVE UNITED TODAY

Workplace campaigns contribute approximately 90 percent of the total donations received by United Way of North Central Florida each year. Oftentimes, employees go above and beyond a monetary gift by volunteering and advocating in the community.

the community, ensuring the funds were going where they were needed most.

May 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – SIP, STRING-N-STAMP SOCIAL

APRIL

2013


DONOR SPOTLIGHT BANK OF AMERICA

Bank of America employees are a group of people who do just that! It is difficult to focus on just one generous Bank of America employee, but Laura Gunter stands out when it comes to her devotion to United Way.

TINA CERTAIN HOW BANK OF AMERICA GAVE BACK

Gunter and other Bank of America employees have volunteered with various nonprofit organizations. “I enjoy the personal reward I feel by being involved.” Gunter said, “I stay involved because I truly believe United Way is the best way for me to make an impact on this community.” Thank you Bank of America for your energy and commitment!

The role Certain took in Willonte and Marcus’ reading journies was one of motivator and mentor.

“I have been involved with United Way for more than 25 years.” Gunter said, “I was given the opportunity to go on an agency tour many years ago and I saw firsthand the impact United Way makes in our community.” Gunter has served on United Way’s allocations committee where she learned how funding is distributed. This involvement allowed her to see the dollars at work in

ATTENTION! CONGRATULATIONS BOOT CAMP GRADUATES!

As a mother of two, Tina Certain knows how important reading is to academic Tina Certain and her ReadingPal success. That’s Willonte read together at Lake why she became Forest Elementary School. a ReadingPals volunteer. Certain started reading with a third grader named Willonte in October, and she is now working with a 3rd-grader named Marcus.

Thanks to Certain, Marcus understands the importance of reading. And even though Certain has stopped working with Willonte, she still sees him on special occasions. Willonte will “certainly” always remember the impact his friend had on his ability to read. Bank of America volunteering for the Weekend Hunger Backpack Program at Catholic Charities.

The five-week series taught young professionals the necessary skills to become a nonprofit leader and an active participant on a nonprofit board of directors.

Carvone Allen, Anthony Alongi, Staci-Ann Bertrand, Jennifer Blades, Rebecca Catalanolto, Jeremiah Day, Cat Ferris, Kathleen Kitching, Kim Lee, Natasha Livingston, Christian Long, Rosanne Martin, Jeanette Porro-Gough, Lory Rigsby, Anthony Rinehart, Beth Thomas, Daira Vargas, and Cinda Wilson.

Only 3 percent of nonprofit boards have members who are 40 years old or younger. United Way, through its Young Leaders Society, is committed to changing this statistic by growing a network of professionally trained board members. The next YLS interactive boot camp will focus on explaining United Way of North Central Florida’s collective impact!

The United Way of North Central Florida team thanks its generous Leadership Donors and Tocqueville Society Members, those who give $750 or more each year. R.S.V.P. to events@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: North Florida Retirement Village, The Tower Club (clubhouse), 8000 NW 27th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606

May 11

CONGRATULATIONS 2012 NONPROFIT BOOT CAMP GRADUATES!

“I learned a lot about nonprofits, and since I work for one, the knowledge I gained from the boot camp sessions will help improve my understanding of our operations,” said Martin.

May 8 | 5–7 p.m. LEADERSHIP RECEPTION – A NIGHT OF THANKS

A special thanks to our event Title Sponsor, North Florida Retirement Village.

On Nov. 5, 2012, 19 young, professional donors graduated from the Nonprofit Leadership Boot Camp, a signature series of United Way’s Young Leaders Society.

Rosanne Martin, HR Manager for the North Florida Retirement Village, attended the YLS Boot Camp to build professional and leadership skills, and to learn the importance of leadership giving.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2012 graduates, pictured from left to right: Kathleen Kitching, Enterprise Holdings; Carvone Allen, Enterprise Holdings; Daira Vargas, Info Tech

SAVE THE DATE! Take the challenge and join Boot Camp II – Creating Collective Impact – Hosted by United Way of North Central Florida’s Young Leaders Society.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #1 May 6, 6 – 8 p.m. YLS soldiers will participate in basic training exercises about how social services operate in the field.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #2 May 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Debbie Mason, United Way of North Central Florida, President & CEO, and YLS Boot Camp II Commander, explains what it takes to lead in the nonprofit sector.

BOOT CAMP TRAINING #3 May 20, 4 – 8 p.m. YLS soldiers will participate in a community investment simulation learning how to allocate resources to civilian programs.

CUSTOM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES April 29 – May 3 All trainings are located at United Way of North Central Florida base camp, 6031 NW 1st Place, Gainesville, FL For more details, email Lieutenant Wagner at nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org or call 352-333-0854.

Sip with United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council while you string jewelry, stamp name plates on books for ReadingPals children and enjoy great company! R.S.V.P. to Nikki Wagner nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: Nationwide Insurance, 3300 SW Williston Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

June 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. YOUNG LEADERS SOCIETY SOCIAL AT CHUY’S RESTAURANT Mix-n-mingle with fellow young leaders who Live United. R.S.V.P. to Nikki Wagner nwagner@unitedwayncfl.org. Location: Chuy’s Restaurant, 3510 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608

June 14 | 7:30-9 a.m. 2013 UNITED WAY OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA CEO/COMMUNITY LEADER BREAKFAST Enjoy breakfast and good discussion with community leaders. Location: Gainesville Country Club, 7300 SW 35th Way, Gainesville, FL 32608

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

July 25

Place your non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will deliver it to a community food bank.

SAVE-THE-DATE FOR OUR 2013 UNITED WAY OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR BREAKFAST AND TRAINING!

CALLING ALL LOANED EXECUTIVES! For thirteen weeks this summer and fall, Loaned Executives will work with companies across north central Florida to plan and conduct United Way of North Central Florida workplace campaigns. All Loaned Execs are sponsored by generous companies and proudly represent that company and United Way in hundreds of employee forums. We hope your company will support the 2013 Loaned Executive Program! Read more about the benefits and responsibilities of a United Way Loaned Executive at www.unitedwayncfl.org.

As a Loaned Executive, you’ll represent your company, make valuable networking connections and make a difference in this community.

Do you think you have the ideal candidate? Please send all candidate information to Dana Clayton, United Way of North Central Florida VP of Resource Development at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org, or call 352-333-0846. Can’t spare a team member? Then sponsor a “hired” Loaned Executive with a $7,500 sponsorship.

LIVE UNITED TODAY

Workplace campaigns contribute approximately 90 percent of the total donations received by United Way of North Central Florida each year. Oftentimes, employees go above and beyond a monetary gift by volunteering and advocating in the community.

the community, ensuring the funds were going where they were needed most.

May 21 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – SIP, STRING-N-STAMP SOCIAL

APRIL

2013


NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID GAINESVILLE, FL PERMIT # 6031 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607-2025 (352) 331-2800 www.unitedwayncfl.org www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl

education

income

YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM

GET INVOLVED!

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Carolyn Lukert, Board Chair, Dementia Education, Inc. Matt Fajack, Vice Chair, University of Florida Kenneth Kurdziel, Finance Chair, James Moore & Company Quenta Vettel, APR, Communications Chair, University of Florida Dennis Gies, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer Ester Tibbs, Member-At-Large, Community Volunteer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kay Ayers, AvMed Harbin Bolton, Cox Communications Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College Ward Boston, North Florida Regional Medical Center Rob Chapman, Publix Tom Clark, Nationwide Insurance Bill Gair, University of Florida Sam Goforth, Wells Fargo Josh Greenberg, Grooveshark Robert Hunzinger, Gainesville Regional Utilities Tony Jones, Gainesville Police Department Hershel Lyons, Alachua County Public Schools Ken McGurn, McGurn Investments Ed Poppell, UF Development Corporation Melanie Ross, UF&Shands Andy Sherrard, O2B Kids! Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Adrian Taylor, Springhill Missionary Baptist Church Brad White, SunTrust, N.A. Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

2012 CAMPAIGN CABINET

Bill Gair/Chair, University of Florida Brad Politt, Shands HealthCare Kay Ayers, AvMed Patti Breedlove, UF Sid Martin Biotech Incubator Heather Doughton, Bosshardt Realty Services Nick Banks, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group Matt Fajack, University of Florida Russ Armistead, University of Florida Brad White, SunTrust Bank Elias Eldayrie, University of Florida

STAFF

Debbie Mason, President & CEO Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Karen Slevin, VP Community Impact Kim Faenza, Director of Communications & Marketing Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations Nikki Wagner, Development Director, Leadership & Affinity Groups Amy Bell, Community Impact Manager, Education Barbara Brady, Check and Connect Specialist Sarah Coulson, Communications Specialist Allison DiGioia, Americorp VISTA Andrea Fershtman, ReadingPals Coordinator Bob Guerriere, Director, Resource Development Christine Henderson, Americorp VISTA Annetta McCloud, Check and Connect Specialist Jennifer Stojkovic, VITA Program Coordinator Sylvia Waldman, Donor Database Manager Ashley Williams, RSVP Coordinator Patrick Wright, Check and Connect Specialist

health

Seniors, age 55+, are invited to improve educational outcomes in our community by serving as a ReadingPal for children attending low-performing VPK programs, a ReadingPal for children in 2nd and 3rd grade, or as a mentor and/or tutor for 9th grade students participating in the Check & Connect Drop-Out Prevention Program.

OUR STRATEGIC DIRECTION “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein

VOLUNTEER SELECT LAUNCHES AS NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA’S VOLUNTEER MATCH PROGRAM

Contact Ashley Williams at 352-333-0859, or email at awilliams@unitedwayncfl. org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/volunteerselect.

For the past decade, the Board of Directors have set a goal to increase high school graduation rates to 90 percent by 2018. That’s a BIG goal and will take the support of the entire community to accomplish. The key strategy for education focuses on early childhood preparation for learning – or Success By 6.

Check & Connect Volunteer as a mentor to provide time and guidance to a 9th grader served by the program. This evidence-based program places drop-out prevention specialists in local high schools with the greatest population of youth at risk of dropping out. Contact Amy Bell at 352-333-0842, email at abell@unitedwayncfl.org, or visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/ volunteerselect.

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very goal needs a plan of achievement. United Way of North Central Florida (UWNCFL) is a strategic organization focused on creating lasting change for long-term, large societal problems. Planning is a year-round process. It includes many data points, best practices, analysis and input from stakeholder groups, including impact partner agencies, donors, other United Way organizations, local citizens and national experts. The strategic direction of UWNCFL is set by the Board of Directors.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to Joyner Construction and OEC Business Interiors for doing such a wonderful job with our building updates!

In addition to Success By 6, the board realizes we need other education interventions. A grant from Carol and Barney Barnett of the Publix Supermarkets ownership family, provides $225,000 for an innovative, measured program to increase reading scores for third graders in select elementary schools. Additionally, AT&T selected UWNCFL as the only United Way in the nation to receive a prestigious $300,000 grant to focus on improving success for at-risk ninth graders in three high schools. For the first time, the United Way Board also added goals and strategies in Health and Income impact areas.

• In Health, the goal is to ensure children and adults are healthy and safe in their homes, communities and schools, and have increased access to dental and medical care. • In Income, the goal is to reduce domestic impediments to education, created by poverty. Of the dollars that are invested into the Community Investment Fund, 70 percent is allocated via three-year grants to programs that can make a difference in reaching these long-term goals in Education, Health and Income. The remaining 30 percent is allocated via one-year grants that are directed to Immediate Needs, which are defined as providing food and shelter to those in crisis. While the board sets the strategic direction, another group of dedicated volunteers sets the actual indicators that have to be met, with specific performance measures for agencies that wish to apply for funding for a specific program. These volunteers are known as the Community Investment Team (CIT) and they spend days reviewing proposals, doing on-site visits, learning, scoring and debating to decide which programs will be most effective to “turn the curve” on the issues facing our community. The CIT provides specific funding recommendations in May to the UWNCFL Board for review, discussion and approval. The CIT then provides review and continues its planning to strengthen the community. 

ALACHUA COUNTY COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLANNING – THRIVE ALACHUA! For the past two years, UWNCFL has convened local experts, citizens, business and nonprofit leaders to focus on creating a community strategic plan for Education, Financial Stability, Health and Safety areas. More than 400 people have been involved in setting indicators that measure the greatest scope of progress in each area. Spring and summer meetings will focus on naming strategies that are succeeding, framing new strategies and setting priorities for our community. This information provides a platform for funders such as United Way, local cities, counties, school boards, and other private foundations and individuals to make a real difference by aligning funding to priority solutions. UWNCFL is pleased to facilitate this important process. The plan also provides a great way to start attracting larger, national foundations to focus on funding in our community. One of the unique factors about UWNCFL is our power to improve lives by collaborating with community leaders, leading and convening experts and recruiting the

people and organizations from across our community who bring the expertise and resources needed to GET THINGS DONE. Join us for the next Alachua County Community Strategic Planning – Thrive Alachua meeting on May 9, 1 – 4 p.m. located at Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32653.

UWNCFL COMMUNITY IMPACT PARTNER AGENCIES UWNCFL 2011 – 2013 investments are supporting results-driven programs operated by 17 local Community Impact Partner Agencies. The programs aim to achieve UWNCFL goals around education, income, health and safety. Recently, in anticipation of the 2013-2016 funding cycle, United Way re-certified Community Impact Partner Agencies. This is a rigorous application process, and those selected for Impact Partners are required to maintain excellence in their governance, operations, fiscal and program areas. For a complete listing of our Community Impact Partners, visit www.unitedwayncfl. org/community-impact-partners-list

GIVE YOUR BOOKS A SECOND LIFE – DONATE THEM TODAY! Junior League & United Way of North Central Florida book drives

Nationwide Book Drive April 1 – 30

The Junior League will distribute Starter Libraries to at-risk kindergartners in Alachua County public schools. United Way’s ReadingPals Summer Program will provide students with educational books to read during summer months. These combined efforts will help improve literacy in our community.

Donate new or gently-used books to United Way’s Book Nooks at Nationwide, located at 3300 SW Williston Road. United Way’s Book Nooks, sponsored by local companies, provide free books for families throughout Alachua County to help improve literacy in our community.

Drop off gently-used or new books to: •B  ank of America: all locations in Gainesville, March 11 – April 14 • Chuy’s Restaurant: March 11 – April 29 •B  ooks-a-Million: NW 13th St., April 1 – 29 •P  ublix: all locations in Alachua County, April 15 – 29 •P  iesanos Restaurant: April 22 dine-in event

Contact Andrea Fershtman at afershtman@ unitedwayncfl.org or 352-333-0858 for more details about these book drives.

2013 Spring  

United Way of North Central Florida Newsletter

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