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 As we begin the holiday season and reflect on our 2009 accomplishments, I want you to know what a difference you made in the lives of people you helped by partnering with United Way. Whether you give, advocate or volunteer, you  played a role in advancing United Way as the premier charitable partner in Tampa Bay. 

Because of you, and in collaboration with others who share our vision, we are on the road to increasing graduation rates among our children. Because of you, and our many partners in the cause, we will realize financial stability goals for the hard-working, low-income families we serve. And, because of you, people challenged by unemployment and economic crisis will have food, shelter, and support.

This holiday season, our United Way family wants you to know how much we appreciate you. From our board and committee members to our volunteers and donors, we are grateful for your sacrifices of time, talent, and treasure.

Please allow me to take this personal opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful season to enjoy the blessings of life, work, school, friends, faith and community.  As you respond to the call to action – to give, advocate, and volunteer – you become part of the change. You inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.  Thank you!

Happy Holidays!


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More evidence of the immediate need for finding ways to keep our children in school and on track for a meaningful graduation from high school.

The recent Graduation Pathwya Summit was part of United Way’s initiation on helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential through education.

One of the goals we are encouraging is “90 by 19”  — ninety percent graduation rates in Tampa Bay by 2019.

Want to learn more about the Graduation Pathway initiative contact Betty Tribble at .


With the fantastic change of weather last month came some of our crowning achievements. Our community impact goal to help children and youth achieve their potential was brought to the forefront during the Graduation Pathway Summit we hosted along with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Schools. Nearly 400 interested and vested business and civic leaders attended, determined to place a stake in the ground to continue improving the graduation rate in Hillsborough County Schools.

 Not graduating from high school is bad for the child and bad for the community. Every dropout earns $300,000 less over his or her lifetime than a high school graduate. They are incarcerated more and their medical costs are higher.

At the Summit, businesses vowed to get involved using a well-known United Way vehicle – a pledge form – through which they made commitments individually or committed their companies to help in the five strategic areas:

  1. Mentoring/Tutoring
  2. Service Learning
  3. Parent Involvement
  4. Out-of-School Time
  5. School and Work Readiness

The shared goal is to increase the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2019. With this much community interest, I’m confident we’ll get the job done.

 If you’re interested in making a difference in this vital community effort, click here  and get involved.

When you join the LIVE UNITED Network, you’re joining a group of aspiring leaders looking for more than professional development—they’re looking for personal development. LIVE UNITED Network identifies the next generation of community leaders, introduces them to influential philanthropists in the Tampa Bay area and prepares them for their role in serving our community. As a member, you support vital community impact programs through a minimum donation of $1,000 to United Way of Tampa Bay. As a LIVE UNITED Network member, you’ll rub elbows with high-level executives in the Tampa Bay area while making a positive impact in the community through the group’s volunteer, social, and networking projects and events.

And, through a unique opportunity, the McKnight Challenge Grant* turns your $1,000-plus gift into $2,000 or more. You’re doubling your gift, but more importantly, doubling the impact to your community.

To take advantage of this challenge grant opportunity or for additional information or questions about LIVE UNITED Network, contact Kimberly Hall, LIVE UNITED Network Liaison, at (813) 274-0979 or

* The McKnight Challenge Grant will match new and increased leadership gifts to a $23,000 cap. The matching money is earmarked for homeless and disabled programming. The McKnight Challenge Grant is administered through the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund. The challenge grant ends December 31, 2009.

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