Each year, a select group of high performance businesses take on a challenge to jump start the annual campaign by becoming a Pacesetter. (See a comprehensive list in the side bar column to the right)
These organizations set the standard for leadership and community support by locking in their increased campaign donations during the summer months.
“The chamber has been a United Way Pacesetter organization for many years,” said Bill Miles, chamber president and CEO of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. “Our staff as well as our board and volunteers recognize the tremendous value and contribution that United Way brings to the Lowcountry. Many of our staff members give their resources, time and talent to a variety of United Way organizations and I’m proud of the example they set for the business community.”
The success and excitement generated by the activities of the 2012 PaceSetters helps to inspire other organizations to follow their lead when running their own campaigns.
“United Way has been, and continues to be, our largest philanthropic focus,” said Jimmy Taylor, president of the SC Lowcountry Regions Bank. “Throughout the year, our employees embrace many United Way initiatives with their time, energy and resources. I’m very proud of our people and their willingness to help others in our community.”
Pacesetter businesses are asked to exhibit leadership in the following ways:
Conduct a workplace campaign starting in August.
Ensure success of the workplace campaign by making it fun and educational for employees.
Report campaign results prior to the campaign kick-off and wrap up their campaign before the end of November.
Provide corporate support for United Way of the Lowcountry fundraisers through sponsorship or by providing employee volunteers, encouraging attendance.
Encourage employees to participate in the Community Investment process each spring to help distribute campaign funds.
Help United Way of the Lowcountry remain connected with employees who leave or retire by obtaining permission to pass on updated contact information or allowing a campaign presentation at retiree events.
During orientation, encourage new employees to begin a relationship with United Way.