Greater Mankato Area United Way surpasses goal of $2 million

MANKATO—Greater Mankato Area United Way has surpassed its 2017 campaign goal of $2,000,000 for its regional partner agencies.


As of January 5, the campaign is at $2,010,000. The campaign will continue as dollars are still coming in this year. Funds above and beyond the campaign goal will go toward fulfilling partner agencies’ additional funding needs and improving the lives of those in need.


“Our region is a powerful example of what we can accomplish when we work together for a better tomorrow,” said United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “Reaching our campaign goal required the generosity of volunteers, individual and corporate givers, partner agencies, in-kind donors and many other community supporters. These funds will help ensure the well-being, stability and self-sufficiency of individuals of all ages in our region.”


Brandon Scheel of Mankato’s Scheels All Sports, this year’s volunteer campaign chair, added: “We are sincerely grateful to all those who continue to support the efforts of United Way. We are looking forward to continuing our fundraising and community impact efforts to ensure we are helping as many people as possible.”


Greater Mankato Area United Way serves Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties.


In 2017, Greater Mankato Area United Way is supporting the 60 programs within 37 agencies that were approved through last year’s allocations process.


Agencies must apply for United Way funding each year and undergo a thorough allocations review process. The review process is carried out by impact teams made up of about 80 community volunteers who make final funding recommendations to the Greater Mankato Area United Way Board of Directors.


For more information on United Way’s allocations process, contact Community Impact Director Elizabeth Harstad at or (507) 345-4551.



--January 5, 2017