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\


2020 Upcoming Events

Breaking the Cycle Poverty Simulation
Tuesday, February 4
NOON1:00 PM (Check-in 11:45 AM, program starts promptly at noon)
at Open Door Health Center
309 Holly Lane, Mankato


Lunch Sponsored by Blethen Berens


Breaking the Cycle is an experience designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggles faced by low-income families and individuals. Join us for lunch and this interactive lesson!

Without experiencing poverty, it is difficult to understand. Breaking the Cycle is an in-person interactive experience that promotes awareness, increases understanding and inspires local change. In the simulation, you are challenged to effectively manage your family’s monthly expenses on a limited budget. This brief, simple, but powerful experience develops a more complete understanding of the issues surrounding poverty.


Business of Giving Series Lime Valley Advertising
Thursday, April 16
5–7 PM

Join us at Lime Valley Advertising, 1620 S. Riverfront Drive, on Thursday, April 16 from 5-7 p.m. for our first Business of Giving Series session of the year.

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. 

As a full service agency, Lime Valley helps clients connect with customers through website design and web programming, graphic design, creative and technical writing, logo design, brochure development, public relations, search engine optimization (SEO) and more. Lime Valley Advertising leverages the talents of its 12 staff members to create award-winning marketing communications pieces.

Host a donation box for Project Community Connect
March & April

Host a donation drive at your workplace in March and April for items to be distributed at Project Community Connect on April 21. 

Project Community Connect is a free, one-stop resource expo that connects those in poverty in our 9-county area to local service providers. Needed items include diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, tissues, paper towels and children's hygiene items. 

Look for volunteer opportunities soon for this powerful event. 

Contact Tricia to coordinate a donation box at your workplace tricias@mankatounitedway.org

Additional events coming up in 2020 include Tocqueville speaker series with the Dotsons, Pontoon Outing, and more!

Thanks to our 2019 Emerging Leader United hosts!

Christina Dumitrache & Dean Lacy


Other 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.