Emerging Leaders United

Emerging Leaders United

About the Program

Emerging Leaders United is a program for adults under age 40 who donate or pledge a minimum annual gift of $250 or a combined minimum annual gift of $500 with their spouse.

Emerging Leaders United will allow you to discover and expand your philanthropic passions through volunteering, networking and community involvement. 

Anyone who qualifies for the Emerging Leaders United program AND checks the box on their pledge form will be invited to participate in these opportunities.

To learn more or to become part of this group, contact United Way at
507-345-4551 or MankatoUW@mankatounitedway.org.

Emerging Leader Opportunities

  • Volunteer for various community projects with other Emerging Leaders.

  • Meet corporate and community leaders as well as other young leaders who will help you grow both professionally and in philanthropy.

  • Attend the Tocqueville Speaker Series, in which Tocqueville Society Leaders (those who give a personal annual gift of $10,000 or more) share their professional and personal journeys and their perspectives on philanthropy.

  • Attend the Business of Giving Series, in which regional business leaders invite Emerging Leaders to learn more about what their company's perspective on giving and what they do to give back to the community.


Emerging Leaders Match

UPDATE 11/17/21: WE HAVE HIT THE MATCH! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. You can still give and join Emerging Leaders United!

For the 2022 campaign, a community donor has committed to donating a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 for NEW Emerging Leaders United pledges (under age 40 with $250+ individual gift or $500+ combined with spouse).

According to the donor:

“The Emerging Leaders program was one of my early involvement areas in the community and allowed me to build connections, better understand the needs of the community and make a difference. I know the impact matching programs had for me early in my career to allow me to multiply my impact and I want to help others step up and get involved.” 

Participating in this program will allow you to discover and expand your philanthropic passions through volunteering, networking and community involvement—and with the donor match, it will help raise extra dollars for United Way’s essential programs. If you are interested in enrolling, be sure to check the “Emerging Leader” box on your pledge form or contact the United Way office at 507-345-4551 or MankatoUW@mankatounitedway.org


Emerging Leaders Upcoming Events

Business of Giving Series: Lime Valley Advertising

Thursday, November 11
5 - 7 pm

1620 S. Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

Hear the leadership journey of Lime Valley owner Brian Maciej as he progressed from graphic designer to an award-winning business owner with a passion for giving back to the community.



Virtual event focused on the topic of Mental Health First Aid Training

This virtual event focused on the topic of Mental Health First Aid Training, a national movement to train and empower people to “Be the Difference” in someone’s life. Mankato Clinic Foundation is spreading the movement in our region by offering Mental Health First Aid courses which Greater Mankato Area United Way is funding through the Community Response Fund in collaboration with Mankato Area Foundation.

At this event Mary Beth Trembley, RNC with the Mankato Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health First Aid Certified Trainer, provides introductory information about the full 8-hour training as well as helpful tips for providing support. Introduction provided by Marcia Bahr, Director of Marketing and Communication with Mankato Clinic, provides an explanation of how Mental Health First Aid Training aligns with Mankato Clinic Foundation’s commitment to supporting the health of this region.

Anyone, anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge - if they know what to do and what to say. Click here for more information about Mental Health First Aid Training.

Mankato Clinic Foundation

Tocqueville Speaker Series: Scott & Valerie Smits

Monday, October 11

Scott & Valerie Smits

Scott and Valerie Smits moved to Mankato three years ago with a passionate desire to support local businesses and the community as a whole. United Way does both with the stringent yearly evaluations of the agencies seeking support to the diversity of the businesses themselves. A strong community of people helping people is something that they want to be a part of. They are thrilled to be able to support Greater Mankato Area United Way.


Scott & Valerie Smits

Bonfire Social sponsored by Wealth Centers of America


Thursday, October 28
Minnewaukon Ranch

Prospective members welcome!

We had a wonderful, casual autumn social to get to know each other and potential new members! Thanks to Scott Weilage, who hosted the social at Minnewaukon Ranch on October 28. This was a great opportunity to invite coworkers and friends interested in joining Emerging Leaders United. Special thanks to Scott Weilage/Wealth Centers of America for sponsoring.


Weilage Farm