US Bank and Benchmark Pledged More Than $143,000 During Pacesetter Campaigns in 2013

Note: If you are looking for information on leadership giving, sometimes called pacesetter giving, you can can find that information here.

Background

Pacesetter:  A company that agrees to run its employee campaign before the traditional United Way kick-off in September.  This company  literally sets the pace for the rest of the campaign, hence the name, Pacesetter .

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Benchmark and US Bank are the 2013 pacesetter companies and ran campaigns in the summer.

Benchmark and its employees pledged $58,439
US Bank and its employees pledged $85,066

“We appreciate the leadership of US Bank and Benchmark this year,” said Campaign Chair Ron Olson, President of Paulson Electric. “We are encouraged that these two companies and their employees will set the pace for another successful campaign to help our community.”

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2012

Raining Rose and Skogman Companies, two Cedar Rapids companies, took lead roles in the 2012 fundraising campaign. Both companies agreed to be pacesetters.

Cathy Gullickson, who is chairing the 2012 campaign along with husband Marc, announced the partnership at the March 20, 2012, United Way Board of Directors meeting.

“We are pleased that these two companies have agreed to kick off another successful year,” Cathy Gullickson says. “Their support will help us improve the community in the areas of health, education and financial stability.”

United Way CEO Lois Buntz added that “the past several years we have seen great success with our Pacesetter companies.”

Chuck Hammond

Chuck Hammond

“Joining the campaign as a Pacesetter energized our team by stripping away the anonymity that comes with a typical United Way campaign.” said Chuck Hammod, Raining Rose’s CEO. “It provided us the opportunity to express to the community Raining Rose’s charitable culture while proving that we as a team can rise to the challenge of setting the tone for the entire campaign.  Additionally, it took us out of the typical routine adding excitement, encouraging camaraderie  and fostering creativity.  As a result our campaign flourished, increasing by over 50 percent.”

Campaign totals: Raining Rose pledged $33,146 and Skogman pledged $50,018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raining Rose, which was also named one of the Corridor’s Fastest Growing Companies by the Corridor Business Journal in 2012, had a company picnic and held an internal 5K run on July 14, 2012, that benefited United Way. Raining Rose set a goal of 50 people participating in the run but 62 people signed up!

Skogman – $50,018

Both companies also showed off a United Way sign like this:

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Pacesetter companies by year

2012
Raining Rose
Skogman
2011
Bankers Trust
Whirlpool-Amana Refrigeration
2010
Van Meter Industrial, Inc.
2009
Rockwell Collins
GE Capital
2008
AEGON USA, Inc.
US Bank Building:
Hall-Perrine Foundation
US Bank
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC
Simmons Perrine PLC
2007
Yellow Book
RSM McGladrey
Pindar Set
2006
The Gazette
TrueNorth
Robert W. Baird
2005 
Amana-Maytag Refrigeration
Penford Products Co.
2004 
Quaker Oats
2003  
Great America Building:
Great America Leasing
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
OPN Architects
Ryan Companies
Robert Half Technology
2002
United Fire Group
2001
AEGON USA
2000
McLeodUSA
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