"This campaign was a success for the entire community," said 2012 United Way Campaign Chair and Michigan Works Executive Director Todd Gustafson.
was supported by 235 companies in Berrien and Cass counties through either a campaign or a corporate gift," he
"The full campaign includes about 8,000 individuals who give to United Way
and approximately 1,800 new donors partially as a result of a community challenge that matched new donor dollars."
The challenge grant was made by a group of eight major donors to companies where less than half of their employees participated in the United Way campaign.
Each new donor from those companies who gave at least $2 each week triggered a match from the challenge grant.
The result was $109,000 in new gifts were matched by the challenge grant.
also credited the many campaign volunteers and United Way
staff for this year's success.
"People volunteered within corporations to encourage giving through special events," he