July 31, 2015
The annual Montgomery United Fund For You campaign is gearing up for another season. The campaign, now in its 45th year, raises funds for 18 agencies that all have one thing in common — helping people.
On Wednesday, MUFFY conducted coordinator training for individuals who will help raise finds inside large and small industries. The breakfast meeting at Wabash College was labeled as the Community Campaign and Pacesetter Kickoff.
MUFFY Executive Director David Johnson welcomed attendees and gave a brief overview of what has been happening with MUFFY and what is planned in the near future. Johnson announced the campaign goal for 2015 is $425,000, but he also made it clear MUFFY is about more than money.
“MUFFY is about the people of our community,” Johnson said. “Whether the people are helping raise funds or are the benefactors from one of the agencies, we continue to be all about people.”
LaCinda Stephens, who is a co-founder of New Beginnings Childcare, described how MUFFY helped her and other parents in the community when additional childcare was needed.
“MUFFY was the seed that helped us get New Beginnings started,” she said. “Our proposed budget was $16,000 short and Dave Johnson called us to talk to us about our idea of a new childcare facility. When he asked how we were going to make up the budget shortfall we did not have an answer. Dave than told us that MUFFY would give us the $16,000 and that was such a marvelous relief.”
The 2015 MUFFY chairman is Hoosier Heartland State Bank president Brad Monts. The South Montgomery School Corporation School Board president hopes to get more first-time donors involved.
“I would love to get 100 percent participation, even if the most anyone gives is $1,” Monts said. “We need great participation to see how it can impact a community. I know one thing, if we don’t ask, we won’t get anything.”
A $50,000 matching grant from the Indiana Association of United Way and Eli Lilly Endowment is available for first time. The grant will match funds from any new donor, or to any group that raises funds that exceed that group’s last year’s total.
“The grant is going to allow new donors to double their gifts,” Johnson said. “We believe the grant money will go fast and it is on a first-come first-served basis.”
This year’s campaign team leadership also includes: Tracey Barr, Industrial; Zach Hockersmith, Commercial; Jim Brown, Residential; Steve Akers, Special Gifts; Terry Cline, Public Service; and Jill Pursell, Small business.