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Matching Gifts
The following match gifts will be available to help you maximize your giving on the Day of Giving. Check back as we continue to add more gifts! DOG 2022 Matches_NEW516.png

Community Impact (General Fund)
Your gift will be applied to projects of most need throughout our work in Basic Needs, Early Education, On Grade Achievement, and Financial Stability. These dollars also enable UWGT to carry out our strategic work in volunteer engagement, advocacy, and community collaboration.
*Match Gift Available (Wilma Porter Match)
Strengthening Families
No family can be successful until they can meet their basic needs. This means having access to food so that kids can focus on their schoolwork, not their empty stomach. It means being able to afford a place to live so families can then focus on long-term financial stability. It means seniors can access healthcare and the medication they need to stay healthy and focus on their overall wellness. It also means providing access to domestic violence services so that individuals have the freedom to leave an abusive relationship.

Goal: $4,600

$600 provides advocates for six children who have been affected by domestic violence.

$500 provides 133 seniors in our community with a prepared meal, safety visit, and monthly education opportunity.

$1,500 provides six individuals with access to prescription medications.

$2,000 supports rent and utilities for four families living in an apartment in our community at a time when they need it most.

Begin United
When children start school on track with their peers, their chances of staying on track and graduating increase significantly. Data from our last 10 years of investment in early education shows that 7 out of 10 kids in United Way supported early education programs entered kindergarten ready to learn. Research shows every dollar invested in early education yields an economic return of $7-$11. Your investment in early education is an investment in the future of our community.

Goal: $5,000
*Match Gift Available (Freeman Match)


$5,000 provides one week of high-quality preschool instruction for all 51 kids attending Pine Ridge Prep

Keeping Kids in School
Kids can’t learn if they’re not in school. It sounds simple, but the reality is that getting to school is no easy feat for many kids in our community. Thankfully, we work with community partners who address those needs happening outside the classroom that are impacting student success in the classroom – that can be as simple as helping a family get a pair of shoes, or ensuring kids have access to high quality after school tutoring.

Goal: $1,500


$1,500 provides one month of school and family support for 19 students.

Financial Literacy Education
Building successful financial habits starts at the very beginning. When kids can grow up learning the importance of saving money, planning expenses, and avoiding debt, they can avoid costly financial mistakes later in life. Through our community partners, students have the ability to learn just how much “real life” costs and learn from those who have been there before.

Goal: $2,500
*Match Gift Available (Azura Match)


$1,500 provides 100 kids with the opportunity to think about their future and learn real life lessons in financial management.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Every Shawnee County child, birth to age five can enroll in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, for free!

Enrolled children receive one free book every month resulting in a library of up to 60 books by the time they start kindergarten. Access to age-appropriate reading materials is the most critical indicator for early childhood success.

Goal: $2,500
*Match Gift Available (Schumacher Match)


$2,500 provides five years of books for fifteen children in our community.