UW seeks contest reviews to help earn $5,000 prize

Callaway County residents have been asked to enter a contest that may help the Callaway County United Way win a $5,000 prize to be added to its fall of 2010 fundraising goal.

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Kathy Richey Liddle, director of the Callaway County United Way, said the organization has an opportunity to win the $5,000 prize that is offered by GuideStar USA, Inc, a source of nonprofit information, and KIMBA, a group that empowers nonprofit organizations to increase giving.

The event is the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway.

“We know we are incredibly fortunate to have a passionate and committed constituency. If every supporter would take a brief amount of time to write a review, we know we could be a contender for the GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway,” Richey Liddle said.

She said reviews will show donors and stakeholders that the United Way is making an impact and working effectively toward its mission.

“Anyone with firsthand knowledge about us — donors, volunteers, board members, recipients of our services — can write a review about the Callaway County United Way on GuideStar,” Richey Liddle said.

Reviews written by people who know about the operation of the Callaway County United Way will appear on the organization’s profile on both GuideStar and GreatNonProfits, GuideStar’s partner that makes it possible to write and post review.

Richey Liddle said there is no charge for writing a review. Only one posting is permitted from each organization.

The deadline for submitting a review is 10:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Feb. 28. The review can be posted at http://www2.guidestar.org/organizations/43-0725794/callaway-county-united-way.aspx on the Internet.

Richey Liddle said the organization that receives the most number of reviews on www.guidestar.org and www.greatnonprofits.org will win the grand prize of $5,000.

Richey Liddle said if the Callaway County United Way wins the contest all of the prize money will be applied to the fall 2010 fundraising campaign to fund the 13 agencies served by the Callaway County United Way.

Official rules for the contest are at http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/update-nonprofit-report/sweepstakes-official-rules.aspx on the Internet.

The 13 agencies served by the United Way provide services to 11,000 Callaway County residences.

About 25 percent of all Callaway County residents use at least one of the services provided by the more than 200 programs offered by the 13 agencies helped by the United Way.

The Callaway County United Way is still organizing fundraising events for the fall 2010 campaign and is still accepting donations. Cash can be given to United Way board members or volunteers. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 793 in Fulton, the United Way’s donation box.

The fall of 2010 fundraising campaign is now in the final stages. Richey Liddle said the campaign is about $26,000 short of its $260,000 goal but still has two more fundraising events scheduled.

One is the Celebrity Waiter dinner, which has been rescheduled to Friday, April 8.

The other event will be a rock concert to be scheduled sometime this spring. She said a class at Westminster College has volunteered to organize the rock concert and will organize and promote the event, which probably will be held on the Westminster College campus.

Richey Liddle said the United Way budget to help fund the 13 participating agencies was set in June of 2010 and the money must be raised to meet the $260,000 commitment.

“We will continue fundraising until the $260,000 goal is reached,” Richey Liddle said.

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