Press Releases: March 31, 2014

Giving To United Way Of Greater Houston Hits All-time High For Third Year In A Row

Giving To United Way Of Greater Houston Hits All-time High For Third Year In A Row

Contributions to annual campaign reach $83.7 million thanks to generous donors

HOUSTON (March 31, 2014) – Thanks to the generosity of the Houston community, United Way of Greater Houston announced today total contributions for 2013-14 reached an all-time high of $83.7 million. This year’s final tally is $2.2 million more than last year’s campaign total.

“It really does take all of us working together to create the kind of impact United Way makes here in Houston. And this year, we made a huge impact,” said Lynne Liberato, 2013-14 campaign chair and partner at Haynes and Boone. “Together, we raised $83.7 million for our community. We set a new record and I could not be more proud!

“Even as we celebrate our success, we know it’s not about the numbers,” Liberato said. “It’s about the people whose lives we change through United Way. Thank you to all of the volunteers who do so much for United Way. It takes so many committed people to make the campaign a success.”

Among the examples of generosity cited by Liberato were the Million Dollar Campaigns of 16 local companies. Collectively, these companies raised more than $43 million, posting a 6 percent increase over last year. More than 13,000 leadership donors gave $1,000 or more personally and collectively $37.2 million, up 4% from last year.

“We are truly grateful for the support we receive from the community every year,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “With such tremendous charitable giving, families are able to gain financial stability, children are able to achieve academic success and seniors are able to receive support to remain independent. United Way could not and would not be such a powerful force of change in our community without our wonderful donors.”

Campaign Highlights:

  • Sixteen local companies contributed a million dollars or more. The largest, ExxonMobil, contributed $13.4 million followed by Shell Oil and Motiva Enterprises LLC at $4 million and ConocoPhillips with $3.9 million. Others contributing at least $1 million dollars include: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation ($2.8 million); Cameron ($2.05 million); FMC Technologies ($2 million); CenterPoint Energy ($1.99 million); Spectra Energy Corporation ($1.7 million); BHP Billiton ($1.6 million); LyondellBasell Industries ($1.6 million); BP ($1.5 million); National Oilwell Varco ($2.08 million); Memorial Hermann Healthcare System ($1.24 million); Phillips 66 ($1.3 million); Marathon Oil Corporation ($1 million); and HEB ($1 million).
  • Top 10 companies with largest giving increases this year are ConocoPhillips, BHP Billiton, LyondellBasell Industries, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Zachry Industrial, Inc., Cameron, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, BP America, Phillips 66 and Fluor.
  • The Top 100 Campaigns raised more than $68.7 million during the 2013-14 Community Campaign, up 4% from last year’s campaign.
  • Led by Melanie Gray, partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, and Bobby Reeves, executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society (ADT) members collectively contributed an all-time high $16.6 million to this year’s annual campaign. The society has 905 members.
  • Under the leadership of Becky Rush, first vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Val Gibbs, president of Bank of Texas, the United Way Women’s Initiative contributed $5.45 million, up 6 percent from last year’s campaign.
  • The Law Initiative, led by Reggie Hedgebeth, general counsel for Spectra Energy Corporation, and Nancy MacKimm, partner-in-charge at Jones Day, also had a great year, raising more than $3.2 million.
  • With Ron Oran, partner at Strasburger and Price LLP, and C’Ella Clayton, regional marketing manager for Hines, at the helm, 3,000 Young Leaders contributed a record $5.25 million.

Community Impact:
United Way community impact embraces the entire circle of life. This year’s impact includes:

  • A record 935,000 calls were answered by 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE staff, connecting callers to helpful resources;
  • United Way THRIVE marked its fifth year helping 52,000 families last year achieve financial stability through obtaining education, job training and financial education and coaching;
  • United Way’s strategic focus on academic success targeted early childhood education, early-grade reading and summer learning loss to ensure that children and youth reach their full potential. More than 449,000 local children received a stronger foundation through quality child care, after school programs, mentoring, youth programs and more;
  • 780,000 individuals benefited from services making families and neighborhoods stronger with parenting education, counseling, financial literacy and health clinic visits;
  • 80,000 seniors were able to remain independent with meals, transportation, help with daily living and more;
  • United Way invested $3.5 million in services that help veterans with job readiness and other critical needs necessary for them to re-enter civilian life.

About the United Way of Greater Houston:
For more than 90 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. United Way of Greater Houston touches close to one of every two lives in the Bay Area, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community. For information, please visit, www.unitedwayhouston.org.

CONTACT:     Renée C. Lee, Media Manager
                         United Way of Greater Houston
OFFICE:          713-685-2380
CELL:              281-536-2405
EMAIL:           rlee@unitedwayhouston.org