Leadership Giving

Leadership societies connect our most passionate donors. Together, they tackle today’s urgent challenges by creating lasting, systemic change. Membership enables you to create a meaningful bond to work in our community and to others who share your commitment. Consider becoming part of a leadership society this year if you haven’t before. If you have, thank you!

Double Your Leadership Society Gift

Contributing our time and talents as Campaign Chairs both past, present and future is a unique privilege. We chose to give at a leadership level because we believe wholly in United Way of East Central Iowa’s mission and programs. No other organization brings together donors and volunteers in such a collaborative and meaningful way to build lasting solutions.

Thanks to a generous $100,000 challenge grant issued by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, all new and increased leadership gifts in 2015 will be matched dollar for dollar. For every dollar you put in, another will be donated to the campaign at no extra cost to you — and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doubling your impact on our community.

Through your leadership gift, you can support the programs and people that truly make a difference in the lives of individuals and families. Every donation is an investment in strengthening our community, and we encourage you to join us in giving to United Way at a leadership level.


YLS-Logo-smDonors aged 40 years or younger who give $250 or more

The Young Leaders Society (YLS) recognizes individuals and couples 40 years or younger, and offers networking opportunities for new and emerging community leaders. YLS designates 10% of all gifts to the RED Ahead program, which helps low-income children develop the skills they need to succeed before entering kindergarten. Members also participate and organize several events during the year, including Time for Art and LightUnited, a family-friendly cycling event.

2015 Chair
Kari Cooling, Homes Murphy & Associates, Inc.


Union members giving $350 or more

United Way of East Central Iowa has partnered with the labor movement since 1969. The Labor Leadership Giving Society recognizes Union members who demonstrate a personal commitment to caring for one another and those most in need.

2015 Chair
Mark Smith, Quaker US


Women's Leadership LogoWomen who designate $500 or more to WLI

WLI unites the caring power of women to provide funding for health care services for women in need. United Way partners with Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), Community Health Free Clinic, Eastern Iowa Health Center and Linn County Public Health to provide prescription assistance, emergency dental care, vision care, medical co-pays, cancer screenings and diabetic testing supplies to un- and under-insured women in our community. Members participate and organize annual events such as the WLI Luncheon in the spring and the Power of the Purse silent auction in the summer.

2015 Chair
Jo Ellen Haddad, Aging Services, Inc.


Quarton LogoDonors who give $500–1,249

The William B. Quarton Society honors Cedar Rapids philanthropist Bill Quarton (1903–2007). Members of the Quarton Society actively promote volunteerism. Quarton steering committee members select finalists for United Way’s Volunteer Recognition Awards in the spring and actively participate in organizing the Time for Art event, at which attendees pledge volunteer hours in exchange for donated pieces of art from local artists.

2015 Chair
Erin Moeller, Benchmark, Inc.



Sinclair Web GraphicDonors who give $1,250–9,999

The T.M. Sinclair Society honors one of our area’s founding fathers, Thomas M’Elderry Sinclair. United Way named its first philanthropic leadership society after Mr. Sinclair because of his belief in teaching every child to read and write and his commitment to our developing community. Through their leadership gifts, members of this society maintain Mr. Sinclair’s vision for our community.

Giving Levels
Keystone                                             $7,500–9,999
Pillar                                                      $5,000–7,499
Cornerstone                                      $2,500–4,999
Builder                                                  $1,250–2,499

2015 Chairs
David Sorg, OPN Architects
Mindy Sorg, OPN Architects


Tocqueville logoDonors who give $10,000 or more

United Way Worldwide created the Alexis de Tocqueville Society to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their community. Tocqueville Society members are true philanthropists who desire to create long-lasting, positive change.

Giving Levels
La Société Nationale                       $100,000+
Ordre de Fraternité                        $75,000–99,999
Ordre d’Egalité                                  $50,000–74,999
Ordre de Liberté                              $25,000–$49,999
Membres de la Société                 $10,000–24,999

2015 Chairs
Ben Golding, Advancement Resources
Julie Golding, Microsoft


The Touch Tomorrow Society recognizes donors who have supported the United Way Endowment through outright or estate gifts. These donors strengthen our community, improve lives and make an everlasting impact.



This recognition society honors individuals who endow their annual leadership gift with a Whipple Legacy Circle Fund. United Way of East Central Iowa named the society for William P. and Gayle S. Whipple, the first eastern Iowans to endow an annual gift to United Way.


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