Surrounded by more than 300 Ingersoll Rand employees, volunteers and community leaders, Bobby Katz, senior vice president and general counsel, Ingersoll Rand, announced a $1.27 million donation to United Way of Central Carolinas last Thursday, Nov. 13.
The donation, which shattered a lofty $1 million goal and thrust Ingersoll Rand into United Way’s exclusive million dollar club, was made possible by the dedication and selfless work of all Ingersoll Rand employees who took part in charitable events throughout the course of 2014.
Jane McIntyre, executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas, was on hand to join in the festivities and provided a rousing speech prior to accepting the donation. In her remarks, she noted that in 2009, as she embarked on her first United Way campaign, Ingersoll Rand raised a total of $300,000.
McIntyre continued, “$300,000 was a tremendous success back then, so to quadruple that amount just five years later, that speaks volumes about Ingersoll Rand’s corporate culture and commitment to the community. The money raised will help nearly 300,000 families and individuals in our five-county region, and more than 30,000 women, men and children here in the Lake Norman area.”
The announcement, which was preceded by a $61,000 donation to the Davidson, North Carolina, based Ada Jenkins Center, was the culmination of a series of events – golf outings, triathlons, 5k races and long-distance bike rides – intended to not only raise monetary donations, but also increase awareness of the United Way’s work in the community.
Katz thanked Jonathan Wiechers, director, global sales for fluid management and the more than 230 Ingersoll Rand employees and family members who contributed throughout the year.
Katz attributes the campaigns overwhelming success to three points: Teamwork, education and fun.
- Teamwork: “This was truly a team effort. Not just for the Davidson campus, but the 2014 campaign included our three Trane and Ingersoll Rand locations in Charlotte who contributed to key events and activities. This was an inclusive effort.”
- Education: “We focused on making sure potential donors understood United Way’s mission and goal, and illustrated how their money stays local and helps those in need right here in our communities. From having speakers who were personally impacted by United Way, to holding a poverty simulation to help our employees better understand what it means to be in need, we demonstrated not just how to give, but why.”
- Fun: “Every step, from the kickoff to tonight’s finale, was designed to be a rewarding and memorable experience. Generosity like this deserves to be celebrated.”
“While this is a great result for our team and Ingersoll Rand, the real winners are those in our community who will benefit from this tremendous generosity,” Katz concluded.
McIntyre noted that Ingersoll Rand’s increase may prove to be the single-largest year-over-year success in this year’s regional campaign, though that won’t be known until the campaign ends in February. The Ingersoll Rand Foundation match, a key component of the $1.27 million total, makes Ingersoll Rand the second largest corporate donor to United Way (outside of employee donations).