United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County raises $58.8 million through annual campaign

Photo from the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 2022 fundraising campaign closing ceremony.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County has raised a total of $58,815,465 through its 2022 fundraising campaign, the nonprofit announced late Wednesday during a campaign closing ceremony.

The total for this year’s campaign exceeded the organization’s fundraising goal of $57 million by almost $2 million.

“From corporate workplace campaigns to individuals and families, there are so many in our community who have supported our annual campaign this year,” said Amy Lindner, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. “Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and worked with us. We continue to be inspired by the generosity of our community.”

Also at Wednesday’s campaign closing event, sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and held at the Mitchell Park Domes on Milwaukee’s south side, the United Way announced a new community initiative focused on youth mental health. Dubbed “Empowering Minds,” it aims to build a “comprehensive school mental health system” that would provide a continuum of services to promote the mental health and well-being of high school students.

“In early 2022, the United Way brought together mental health professionals to explore the issue of adolescent mental health in our community,” Lindner said. “We built this initiative based on advice and guidance from local, state and national experts, as well as those with lived experience, and we know we can transform the lives of high school students by focusing on mental health advancement, early intervention and treatment services.”

United Way will spend the first year of the initiative fundraising as it partners with two local high schools, one in Milwaukee and one in Waukesha.

“This fundraising and learning will enable us to scale this work into 2024 and beyond,” Lindner said.

United Way’s 2022 Community Campaign officially started Beginning of September; Chairman was Mike Carter, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief risk officer at Northwestern Mutual; Linda Gorens-Levey, Partner at General Capital Group; Nancy Hernandez, President and Founder of ABRAZO Marketing/Hispanic Collaborative; and Judie Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterforce Inc. and President of DUECO Safecurity LLC.

The annual campaign allows the organization to invest in local programs and initiatives aimed at supporting the health, education and financial stability of hundreds of thousands of people in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. Almost 1,500 companies and organizations and 50,000 donors contribute every year.

United Ways Municipal action 2021 grossed $56.5 million, and the 2020 campaign grossed $60.1 million. The two previous campaigns brought in about $56 million each.

Biggest corporate supporters of the 2022 campaign include:

  • T&M Partners LLC and the Kelben Foundation, $5.3 million
  • Northwestern Mutual, $3.5 million
  • Baird, $3.4 million
  • Johnson Controls, $3.2 million
  • Aurora Health Care, $2.6 million
  • Rockwell Automation, $2.5 million
  • Husco $1.8 million
  • Ascension Wisconsin, $1 million
  • BMO, $1.6 million
  • We Energies, $1.5 million
  • Frödtert Health, $1.2 million
  • Quarles & Brady LLP, $1.2 million
  • ManpowerGroup, $1 million

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