Winner Mike Zilka with his gift basket of cheer. Back row, L-R: Kevin Shifflet, Tom Zeglin, Chris Wulff, Craig Baker. Photo by Brad Davis.
Led by Brad Davis, LDG’s Beaver office recently used frequent communication and creative incentives to nearly triple its United Way campaign donations from last year and achieve 67 percent participation among local staff. The funds will support the local United Way’s campaign goal of $775,000. These funds in turn will be allocated among scores of non-profits, including 17 partner agencies, which meet a wide range of vital human needs among an estimated 130,000 people last year.
Brad and his wife Lisa donated a gift basket of holiday cheer for a drawing among Beaver office employees, among other promotions. Project designer Mike Zilka was the lucky winner.
Next year, the Beaver office is considering plans to expand the relationship to include Scouting for Food and Day of Caring initiatives.
Brad not only believes the United Way approach is broad-reaching, but also that each of its partner agencies receives a rigorous vetting. Each year, United Way allocations volunteers visit each agency office, meet the clients and see programs in action, and examine their audited finances to make sure the funding is as effective and efficient as possible.
“We hold the value of stewardship very close to us,” he says. “As engineers, architects and surveyors, we also review our plans from a quality control, quality assurance perspective and we appreciate the value that the United Way puts behind the dollars to make sure it’s all working.”