The strength of United Way lies in the support we receive from hundreds of donors who want to make an impact in the Itasca County area. Every year, local individuals, businesses, companies and foundations support the annual United Way campaign through Workplace Giving programs.

The funds raised are invested in programs, services and initiatives that help one-in-three people in our community and that lead to lasting change for individuals and the community.

Workplace Giving

Dozens of local companies – from the largest to the smallest shops – run United Way campaigns in their workplace because they understand how it benefits the entire region.

United Way makes it easy to get started. We provide materials to communicate to your employees as well as easy ways to raise and collect the donations. You can make your campaign as involved or simple as you want; we encourage companies to create a program that is right for their own unique culture. Through your United Way campaign, your employees will feel a greater connection to their community by giving back in such an important way.

Why start a workplace giving program?

  • Increased employee morale and teamwork. Companies that run Workplace Giving Programs document higher morale and teamwork. Employees learn about local United Way funded programs and work together to plan and engage in fun activities to raise money as a company: raffles, games, social events, and special incentives for givers like casual days or a VIP parking space.
  • A healthier place to live, work, and raise a family. Our community benefits from healthier residents—even those not employed by your business. Your business will prosper more in a healthier region. Other businesses will stay here and add jobs. Businesses outside our area will invest here if we have a well-educated workforce, attractive and safe neighborhoods, a strong educational system, a thriving downtown, and social services that address and reduce health and human service needs.

Best of Awards

Nomination Period: Closes April 5th, 2021

Each year, United Way recognizes our company partners’ who go above and beyond in their commitment to making our community a better place for all. Company representatives (such as Employee Campaign Coordinators) are invited to submit nominations. The Best of Awards an opportunity to share your work or amplify the work of others who are helping strengthen our community through United Way. Winners will be recognized at the United Way Campaign Celebration and Best of Awards.

Descriptions of this year's award categories can be found below. Once you've reviewed the award descriptions, use the button to complete the nomination form.


Award Descriptions

Best Ambassador
Best Ambassador goes to an individual who contributed to the success of a workplace campaign and/or represented United Way in the community. This individual educated and energized coworkers and/or community members, participated in campaign activities in and out of the workplace, mobilized community members, and is passionate about United Way and helping others. Go for the glory – nominate yourself or a co-worker who has helped run a fabulous campaign!

Best Campaign Climber
Best Campaign Climber recognizes an organization with at least a three-year history of campaigns that demonstrate outstanding achievement in employee education, engagement, and involvement with United Way.

Best practices and strategies include, but are not limited to:

    • Demonstrated progressive increases in donations and employee participation
    • Company leadership endorsement and support
    • Utilized resources – United Way staff, campaign toolkit & materials, website
    • Built relationships and grew with teamwork, leadership, and service activities

Best Virtual Employee Engagement
Workplaces looked different over the year, but that didn’t stop our campaign coordinators from pulling off successful campaigns! This award honors campaigns that innovated and implemented new strategies for educating and involving employees through social media, interactive virtual activities, and more.

Community Spirit Award
The Community Spirit Award honors an organization that made a substantial impact in the community through United Way in response to COVID-19.

Everyday Hero Award
The Everyday Hero Award honors an individual or group that went above and beyond in their commitment to United Way and taking care of our community during COVID-19.

Local Love in Action
Our community is stronger when we work together. This award recognizes the local love that mobilizes diverse stakeholders to improve the community where we live, work, and play through partnering with United Way.

Top Ten Most Generous Companies

Our top 10 campaign partners are organizations that raised the most dollars in our 2019-2020 campaign through corporate and employee giving and special events. We thank them for their leadership and dedication to improving the lives of thousands of neighbors in our community.

American Bank of the North
Blandin Foundation
Boldt Company
Essentia Health
Lake Country Power
Minnesota Power
Paul Bunyan Communications
Timberlake Lodge
Wells Fargo

*alphabetical order

Top Ten Most Generous Workplaces

Blandin Foundation
Essentia Health
Grand Itasca
Itasca County
Minnesota Power
Woodland Bank

*alphabetical order

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship provides an opportunity for companies to achieve their philanthropic goals and demonstrate their commitment to positive community impact. Partner companies can opt to sponsor one event or several throughout the year.

Learn More