Congratulations! You have been chosen to represent your organization in this year's United Way Community Campaign. Being an Employee Campaign Manager (ECM) is all about motivating, educating, and inspiring your co-workers to give back to their community.
Your number one responsibility is to ensure that all your co-workers are given a non-coercive, educational opportunity to participate in United Way’s Community Campaign. You will share the needs in our community and educate your co-workers about how they can make a difference right here at home!
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2021 United Way Campaign Message Strategies for Workplace Campaigns
With more staff returning to the office, your United Way workplace campaign is a great opportunity to unite around something positive in our community and reestablish teamwork in your office. While there still may be some locations where traditional face-to-face meetings might not be possible, we hope that you will make an extra effort to allow United Way to get in front of your team to make the best possible ‘ask’ for their support. To better help you plan and execute the most effective fundraising campaign for your organization, we have developed a message strategy to help educate your co-workers about our local United Way.
Here are our five steps to a great campaign.
1. CEO Endorsement Message
2. Informative Touches One, Two and Three
3. The ‘ASK’
4. Follow up Touches, One, Two and Three
5. Thank you
1. CEO Endorsement Message
This message should be sent one to three weeks before your official launch of your United Way campaign. It should show support of the campaign, announce the Employee Campaign Manager and create a sense of corporate responsibility. This message can be on company letterhead or an email directly from the CEO to all staff.
I’m excited to announce that our 2021 United Way campaign will be kicking off shortly. This year’s effort is being led by (Insert ECM name and his or her great team).
(Insert Organization Name) has a tradition of supporting our community. By supporting United Way, we help people who truly need assistance. Whether it’s giving a few dollars, or giving at the highest levels, every amount creates an opportunity to make positive lasting change.
I believe giving is a personal decision. Choosing to give and/or how much is up to each individual.
I do urge you to find out more about how our United Way is making a difference. Please learn more about our United Way by visiting www.uwbrevard.org.
2. Informative Touch Messages
These messages should be sent prior to the ‘Ask’ request. They are educational and inspirational messages intended to help increase understanding of United Way’s work in the community. Plus, informed employees are among the best contributors.
Subject Line: Did you know every $1 you donate is leveraged to bring $4 to Brevard?
When you make a donation, United Way invests 90 cents of every dollar in nonprofit programs. Your gift ensures our neighbors have access to basic needs, education and financial supports ensuring they can start down a path to independence and success.
Did you know every dollar you donate brings an average of Four matching dollars into the community with over $20M in impact? Click here to see how your donation is making an impact.
Subject Line: Want to see some of the great work you make possible? Check out how your support helps local youth!
Our United Way campaign starts shortly. See how your support of United Way is empowering local youth to improve academic success through mentoring and other programs. These programs are ensuring our children who face complex issues have the skills to overcome those challenges. I hope you will take 90 seconds to see how your donation is making sure our most vulnerable children have the best chance at success. Click here to watch.
Subject Line: Get ready for our United Way Kickoff
It’s almost time to Kickoff our 2021 United Way Campaign. We have set an internal goal of ($)!
(Share here key elements of your campaign plan – timeline, incentives or prizes. While most people will give simply out of the goodness of their hearts, sometimes a little incentive makes it more fun. Insert your incentives here – Flee at Three pass, extra day of vacation, gift cards, etc.)
Plus, to encourage people to give a little more (or for the first time, even), our boss (or insert name) has agreed to (Insert something here) if we meet our goal.
We have shared details of our campaign and where the dollars are going. However, real people right here in Brevard are being positively impacted by your generosity. Let’s work to get to that goal so we can help people in our own community. Please check out the story of Katie. She’s a local domestic violence survivor who has rebuilt her life.
Click here to read Katie’s Story.
3. The ‘Ask’
Hopefully this message will follow your in person or virtual meeting in support of your workplace campaign. This message is to reinforce the ‘ask’ and encourage participation.
Subject Line: Everyone deserves a chance for a change. Please make your United Way pledge today!
Our United Way Campaign has started!
Please consider making a pledge and helping families today. Your gift will be invested in more than 43 partner agencies that ensure everyone in our community has the chance to make positive lasting changes. With access to a wide variety of basic needs, education, and financial stability supports, they can receive the help they need to get back on their feet.
Each year over 100 volunteers evaluate each United Way funded program before investing your donation, so you can know your dollars are funding the programs that will make the biggest impact.
Our gifts are helping people in real need. I invite you to join me in making a pledge today.
4. Follow Up Messages
These messages should be sent during your campaign as your coworkers are making their decisions to give. If you are using ePledge, you can select to send only to those employees who have not responded on their giving decision.
Subject Line: Create that Chance for a Change . . . Let’s go!
Our campaign is off to a great start. I know you are busy, but please take a moment to consider participating in the 2021 United Way campaign.
When you make a donation, United Way invests 90 cents of every dollar in nonprofit programs that form a circle of support for people in need. When our neighbors have access to basic needs, education and financial supports, they can start down a path to independence and success.
Your support really does make a difference. Please make your gift today.
Reminder 2 (Optional for shorter campaigns)
Subject Line: Everyone deserves a chance for a change. – Let’s Lend a Hand!
Here in this community we call home, there is a family looking for a safe place to live. A student is working hard so she can graduate on time. A young adult is ready to get a head start on his future by securing a stable job.
You can help them succeed by making a pledge today. 90 cents of every dollar will go right back into Brevard County, helping to fund more than 43 local nonprofit programs. Every program is evaluated, so you can trust your dollars are funding those that are making the greatest impact.
Please take a moment to make your pledge . . . thanks for your consideration.
Subject Line: One last Chance for Change – There is still time to make a difference.
It doesn’t take much to make a difference . . . a gift of any size can make a difference. You can help people in need by making a contribution of any size to United Way of Brevard’s campaign.
When thousands of people like you give, your combined generosity funds more than 60 local non-profit programs. And by empowering these programs to help our neighbors, you’re making big things happen!
Our campaign is wrapping up, please consider a making a donation today.
5. Thank You
Your thank you message should be sent at the end of your giving timeline. It’s a chance to celebrate your success and it is just good manners!
Subject Line: Thank you!
You’ve helped change the future for so many in our community. THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our United Way campaign! Real change only happens when we work together – and it’s as true in our community as it is inside our own company.
I’m proud to announce that this year, XX percent of our employees gave, raising $XX,XXX. OROGANIZATION team has truly impacted our community this year!
You did a remarkable job. Although I’m proud as your CEO, I’m even more touched to be working with such a group of generous people. We aren’t just working in Brevard, we’re living here too. And you just made our community a better place for countless neighbors.
I encourage you to stay informed about the impact our gifts will make by visiting www.uwbrevard.org or following them on Facebook.
Please take a moment to celebrate yourself and the people you work with. Thanks for caring!