The 2020 Community Impact Report highlights the finances and activities
for the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.


Communities where all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


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President’s Message

Dear Friends, Investors, and Partners,

Wow! What a year it has been! The end of 2019 was rockin’ with the GIT UP United challenge, a fabulous Day of Caring, and a strong campaign led by Dr. James Porter – all while whispers of a mysterious virus began circulating the globe. The new year brought an uneasiness as the world collectively wondered what was on the horizon and how we would cope. 

In March, as the impact of the coronavirus became more evident, local funding partners gathered to create a cross-sector, regional response to the growing economic impact – the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region. I’m proud to say that United Way of Southwestern Indiana was chosen as a highly capable and trusted partner to serve as the Fiscal Sponsor of the Fund. I am still humbled and moved by the swift, compassionate, and generous response of our community. The pandemic has truly illustrated what it means to LIVE UNITED as thousands of people donated to the Crisis Response Fund and the United Way Campaign; untold individuals reached out to help neighbors and vulnerable populations; and nonprofits broke down barriers to work together to meet critical needs. 

I beam with pride when I think of the “all-hands-on-deck” attitude our United Way staff, our nonprofit agencies, and our greater community has maintained. But now, we’re at a crossroads. “Normal” wasn’t working for everyone before the pandemic. It’s a new day and a new opportunity to rethink, reevaluate, and reimagine what our community can look like and aspire to. It’s time to get to work creating a better “normal” than before. We can do it; but it will take all of us. Join us. Let’s LIVE UNITED!

Amy Canterbury, President & CEO

Board & Committee Members

  • Deb Anderson – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Serita Cabell – Memorial Community Development Corp.
  • Steve Crow – Alcoa-Retired
  • Heidi Dunniway – Ascension St. Vincent
  • Scott Evernham – Old National Bank
  • Tina Farring – Old National Bank
  • Anna Hargis – Merrill Lynch & Company
  • Richard Leger – CenterPoint Energy
  • Lynn Lingafelter – Deaconess Health System
  • Jaren McIntosh – Fifth Third Bank
  • Ryan McRoberts – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Kim McWilliams, Jr – Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
  • David Milligan – Heritage Federal Credit Union
  • Peter Paradossi – Evansville Regional Business Committee
  • Lee Riddle – F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors
  • Mark Samila – Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn
  • Lindsay Schmitt – George Koch Sons, LLC
  • Sherry Shen – Alcoa
  • Edward Stratton – Berry Global
  • Matthew Theby – Lensing Building Specialties
  • Phillip Wahl – Atlas World Group
  • Johnathan Weinzapfel – Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Brent Wilson – DWW Strategies

Committee Members

Matt Theby – ChairScott Evernham, ChairBrent Wilson – ChairMatt Theby – Chair
Lindsay Schmitt – Vice ChairPhil WahlAnna HargisTina Farrington
Scott Evernham – TreasurerDavid MilliganRoss ChapmanLynn Lingafelter
Ed Stratton – SecretaryLen WiningerBen JoergensStephanie Roland
 Jeff WilmesDr. Ann WhiteJeff Gorman
 Carly EasonHeidi Dunniway 
 Derek Adams  


Lindsay SchmittTina Farrington – ChairChase Kelley – Chair
Lee RiddleSteve CrowPam Hight
Jonathan WeinzapfelAnna HargisErika Liddle
Tricia Hollander HenningJim MuehlbauerAndrea Pollard
Mark SamilaMatt ThebyKathy Schoettlin
Brad EllsworthJonathan WeinzapfelPatti Wittgen
 Tricia Hollander Henning 

Committee Members

Executive Committee
  • Matt Theby – Chair
  • Lindsay Schmitt – Vice Chair
  • Scott Evernham – Treasurer
  • Ed Stratton – Secretary


Finance Committee
  • Scott Evernham, Chair
  • Phil Wahl
  • David Millian
  • Len Wininger
  • Jeff Wilmes
  • Carly Eason
  • Derek Adams
Focus Area Cabinet
  • Brent Wilson – Chair
  • Anna Hargis
  • Ross Chapman
  • Ben Joergens
  • Dr. Ann White
  • Heidi Dunniway
Self Sufficiency
  • Matt Theby – Chair
  • Tina Farrington
  • Lynn Lingafelter
  • Stephanie Roland
  • Jeff Gorman
Board Governance Committee
  • Lindsay Schmitt
  • Lee Riddle
  • Johnathan Weinzapfel
  • Tricia Hollander Henning
  • Mark Samila
  • Brad Ellsworth
Strategic Focus Committee
  • Tina Farrington – Chair
  • Steve Crow
  • Anna Hargis
  • Jim Muehblauer
  • Matt Theby
  • Johnathan Weinzapfel
  • Tricia Hollander Henning
Marketing Committee
  • Chase Kelley – Chair
  • Pam Hight
  • Erika Liddle
  • Andrea Pollard
  • Kathy Schoettlin
  • Patti Wittgen


of children served met critical developmental milestones

Community Impact Areas

Childhood Success

Childhood Success

why it's important

Early childhood development is critical to long-term success. Evidence from long-term studies suggests that childhood development can affect high-school graduation, years of education completed, earnings, and reduced crime.¹  According to Wafaie Fawzi, a Harvard Chan School professor, “Achieving optimal early child health and development is critical for attaining success in school, and has significant lifelong implications for the health and economic wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities.”s

Funded Programs
Community Impact Areas

Youth Success

Youth Success

why it's important
Core subject areas, such as English, math, and science are foundational to daily life. Understanding and mastery of the subjects help develop confidence and problem-solving skills, among others. In addition, research indicates that students who fail one or more core academic areas or have behavioral issues are more likely to drop out of high school. Mastery of core courses provides the foundation for future school and life success.²
Funded Programs


of youth served passed core academic classes


of individuals served increased disposable income by accessing benefits or reducing costs

Community Impact Areas

Economic Mobility

Economic Mobility

why it's important

Empowering individuals to access available benefits or reduce excess costs helps families better manage their money, handle emergencies and/or unexpected expenses, and save for the future. When individuals and families develop financial literacy skills, it supports long-term stability goals such as owning a home, obtaining higher education, or investing.

Funded Programs
Community Impact Areas



why it's important

Individuals with access to healthcare services and support, have better health outcomes, fewer health disparities, and lower costs. People without health insurance are less likely to have a primary care provider and are more likely to go without care because of cost. When access to healthcare is limited, it can lead to poor health outcomes, and unnecessary complications, including premature death.


of individuals served accessed quality health care and improved health indicators

Funded Programs


individuals received essential services

Community Impact Areas

Essential Services

Essential Services

why it's important

Essential services serve our community’s most vulnerable populations to ensure they have adequate access to resources, especially in times of crisis. Essential services programs provide a better quality of life – hope, security, emotional support – both now and for the future.

Funded Programs
UWSWI Programs


(Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

United Way utilizes trained, IRS certified volunteers to offer free tax preparation and e-filing services to individuals and families with an annual household income at or below $56,000.  Although we were forced to go virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic, 1,054 returns were filed, with 864 receiving refunds. 49% of those receiving refunds said they planned to use it to pay bills.

total amount in refunds received
$ 0
2020 VITA Volunteer Training
"Thank you so much for United Way putting this on even in such an odd time. I can't talk enough about how wonderful it was!"
Parent of Participant
KCamp Zoom Session
UWSWI Programs

United way KCAMP

K-Camp is United Way’s free four-week program that helps children with little or no preschool experience prepare for their new roles as kindergartners. In 2020, the pandemic prevented students from attending in-person. We quickly pivoted, capped capacity at 20, and offered the program virtually. When the students began the program, 65% tested below average on the Ready to Read assessment. At the end of the program, 82% of campers tested at or above average! Scores improved an average of 31%.

Strategic plan/listening session

In 2018, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana embarked on the implementation of a three-year strategic plan. During the summer of 2019, we conducted a series of seven community conversations across Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer counties to understand, prioritize, and formulate a response to community issues. These listening sessions, facilitated by certified Harwood Institute Coaches, provided community leaders and residents, donors, agency representatives, and volunteers the opportunity to share their concerns, as well as aspirations of how to strengthen our communities. Click here to see an overview of the issues that were brought forth during these sessions.

day of caring

The annual Day of Caring is our community at its finest. More than 1,200 people joined together at Bosse Field on Friday, September 13th for an inspirational breakfast before setting out to help nonprofit organizations in Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer Counties. Flanked by community leaders, advocates, and a few local mascots, the talented Gina Moore sang the national anthem and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke thanked the volunteers for offering their time to give back to our community.  

2019 Campaign Chair, Dr. James Porter, kicked off United Way’s annual campaign, announcing that over $900,000 had already been raised by our fabulous Pacesetter organizations. The program ended with the announcement of Philip Smith, from the Evansville Police Department, as the winner of the Git Up UNITED Challenge. It was great fun and the perfect start to a day of volunteering!

Git Up UNITED Challenge

Who doesn’t love to see our community leaders and residents hamming it up for a great cause? Our Git Up UNITED Challenge, the brain-child of Campaign Chair, Dr. James Porter, created a lot of excitement for the Day of Caring and the campaign. Twenty-five organizations and individuals accepted the challenge by posting a video on Facebook. 

At the Day of Caring breakfast, Philip Smith from the Evansville Police Department was announced the winner. His video had more than 3,000 likes, over 3,100 shares and surpassed 145,000 views! You can find all the videos on our Facebook page (@unitedwayswi) by searching Git Up UNITED.

YLU/Benefit Battle

YLU is United Way’s Young Leaders – an energetic group of young professionals, ages 40 and under, who give of their time and treasure to support our community. YLU’s signature fundraising event, the Benefit Battle Dodgeball Tournament, enjoyed great success in October 2019. Thirty-one teams took to the court to raise more than $13,000 to fund early education programs. Great things – and great fun – happen when young professionals unite!

Campaign Cabinet



Without a doubt, the United Way workplace campaign is the most highly recognized United Way fundraising activity across the nation. Each year, more than 130 organizations partner with us to support the campaign. It’s an easy and effective way to invite employees into the work of solving our community’s most critical issues. United Way leverages the contributions by combining them with others and strategically investing in results-driven programs and initiatives to maximize the impact. Employee campaigns are a fun opportunity to engage employees, build a spirit of teamwork, and increase morale all while helping transform our community.


$10,000 Change Lives Here Donor Incentive

United Way was fortunate to have Heritage Federal Credit Union partner with us again in 2019 to offer a $10,000 Donor Incentive cash prize. Donors who increased their pledge by $50 or more, or new donors of at least $50, were eligible for the drawing. More than 3,500 donors qualified for the drawing, which took place in February 2020. Carol Anderson, an employee of Evansville-Vanderburgh Central Dispatch was the winner of the $10,000 “Change Lives Here” drawing.


Celebration of Impact

Each year the United Way celebrates the corporate partners and campaign volunteers whose tireless efforts made the campaign’s success possible and, more importantly, whose work enabled United Way to invest in our community during one of its most challenging times. These exceptional volunteers truly embody the meaning of servant leadership.



Campaign Revenue (2019-2020)

$3,626,136 (95%)

Restricted Revenue:

$37,503 (1%)

Other Revenue:

$163,394 (4%)

TOTAL REVENUE: $3,827,033



Impact Investments

$2,737,732 (71%)

Health: $716,882 (26%)
Childhood Success: $389,605 (14%)
Youth Success: $634,406 (23%)
Financial Stability: $542,510 (20%)
Essential Services: $357,059 (13%)
Spencer County: $97,270 (4%)

Outreach & Engagement:

$299,154 (8%)


$641,806 (16%)


$181,306 (5%)

TOTAL EXPENSES: $3,859,998

1 Investing In our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education

2 Everyone Graduates Center

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