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United Way starts fund for Freeman community in aftermath of shooting

The United Way of Spokane County is raising money to assist the Freeman High School community in the aftermath of Wednesday’s school shooting. The organization was contacted by local businesses requesting that the United Way start a fund, said Tim Henkel, president and CEO.

United Way loses its ranking as America’s largest charity to Fidelity Charitable

NEW YORK – United Way, ranked as America’s largest charity for all but one of the past 25 years, has been emphatically knocked from that spot by Fidelity Charitable, the leader of a rapidly growing philanthropic sector that is transforming the way many Americans give. Boston-based Fidelity, which collected $4.6 billion in private donations in 2015, is a donor-advised fund – an increasingly popular type of charity to which a donor can make a contribution, immediately receive a tax benefit, and then recommend grants from the fund at any time thereafter.

Shawn Vestal: Book fair at Mead school just part of data-driven effort to help kids

In December, Shiloh Hills Elementary School will have a book fair for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders. Lots of elementary schools have book fairs, of course. But the Shiloh Hills fair represents new strategies in fighting old challenges of poverty and education – one in which schools, charities, businesses and public officials collaborate, combine resources and look to research and data in developing initiatives to close the “opportunity gap” among poor students and children of color.

Philanthropy gets more focused to ‘move the needle’

More charitable foundations and trusts have moved away from spreading dollars across multiple causes. Instead, their aim is to increase impact by focusing on key initiatives, then reviewing data to measure results.

Mayor urges volunteerism in citywide event

For the second year in a row, Spokane Mayor David Condon is encouraging Spokanites to give some of their time, effort and passion to a cause important to them. From volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity store to serving meals at Catholic Charities to signing up for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the city is coordinating numerous opportunities for volunteers new and old to give back to the community.

Hundreds of volunteers gather to help the community

A hot and sunny morning welcomed hundreds of United Way Day of Action volunteers to the Northeast Community Center on Sept. 12. Janice Marich, vice president of community relations at Spokane County United Way, had her hands full helping everyone find their spot on the sprawling community center campus, nearby Shaw Middle School and other locations. “We have way more than 400 volunteers here today,” Marich said. “This is also our campaign kickoff day.”

Spokane County United Way sees donation uptick

Spokane County United Way raised 3.4 percent more in donations in 2011 than it did in 2010, resulting in a total of $4.8 million. “The fact that this community has stepped up and increased its giving to 3.4 percent over the year before says a lot about, from my vantage point, who we are and what we see as being important,” said Tim Henkel, Spokane County United Way CEO.

United Way campaign leader knows a little help goes a long way

Michael Covey, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Potlatch Corp., doubled his workload this fall, when the 52-year-old leader of the forest products company also agreed to lead Spokane County United Way’s annual campaign. The goal of the campaign, kicked off Friday: Raise $5 million to help fund more than 50 programs that serve the community’s greater good.

Marich to join library board

A United Way official will join the Spokane Public Library Board of Trustees in time to decide how to deal with significant budget cuts proposed by Mayor Mary Verner. The Spokane City Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Janice Marich, the vice president of community relations for Spokane County United Way, to the city’s library board for a five-year term.

United Way sees donations rise

Spokane County’s United Way has raised $4.7 million from businesses and residents to fund programs that do everything from helping children prepare for school to offering job counseling for adults. The charitable organization said the donations were 4 percent more than the prior year, marking the largest year-over-year gain in 15 years.

United Way celebrates successful campaign

The United Way has raised $4.7 million to fund programs helping the poor throughout Spokane County. That's a 4 percent increase from the amount raised last year, the largest year-over-year gain in 15 years.

Wise Words with Jeff Philipps

In this fifth installment of "Wise Words in Troubled Times," Rosauers president and CEO, Jeff Philipps, talks about the company's year of counterintuitive, wise decisions.

Looking out for others

During the worst economy since the Great Depression, during the worst Spokane winter in decades, the roof fell in Dec. 29 at the Rosauers at Five Mile. The practical thing to do, from a financial standpoint, would have been to lay off that store’s 120 employees during the four-month roof repair project. After all, companies throughout the Inland Northwest were shedding employees every day.