Aikman passes United Way torch after raising more than $61 million

DALLAS NEWS, July 6  –  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has exceeded its annual campaign goal, raising more than $61 million in the year that ended June 30.

Pro Football Hall of Fame member, sports commentator and all-around nice guy Troy Aikman led the drive as chair.

“I am extremely proud to have led the campaign effort for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas over the last year,” he said. “Together, we were able to unite the community and help those who wanted to do good do great.”

Aikman said he was honored to pass the torch to 2018-19 chairs Mary and Rich Templeton, “as they will no doubt build on our momentum to make a lasting difference in the lives of North Texans.”

Twelve area firms contributed $1 million or more to the drive with the support of generous employees.

They are: AT&T/CWA 6215, Bank of America, Celanese Corp., Deloitte, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, EY, KPMG LLP, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Texas Instruments, UPS and Vistra Energy, as well as its subsidiaries TXU Energy and Luminant.

Separately, the Unite Forever endowment campaign is more than halfway toward its $100 million goal, president and CEO Jennifer Sampson said.

Launched in 2015, the campaign already has commitments of $55 million.

“The goal is to raise $100 million by our 100th anniversary in 2025, and I hope we hit it sooner than that,” she said.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas focuses on fighting poverty and improving community health and education. It funds the activities of local agencies through a competitive grants process and also works through multiple partnerships and collaborative initiatives.

Those programs include Pathways to Work, Healthy Zone Schools and the GroundFloor project that mentors and funds promising social ventures.

The 2019 GroundFloor fellows are Bold Idea, Hand to Hold, Just, My Possibilities, North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (better known as Ntarupt), Poetic, Readers 2 Leaders, Rosa es Rojo, Student Success Agency, Tacky Box and Yoga N Da Hood.