UWMD Raises $61.5 Million | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas


United Way Awards Honor Corporate & Community Supporters Key to Reaching Impact Milestones

DALLAS – Under the inspiring leadership of Rich and Mary Templeton, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is on track to reach a financial milestone, allowing the organization to put opportunity in the hands of more than one million North Texans. United Way’s annual campaign will have raised $61.6 million by the time the fiscal year ends on June 30, achieving strong growth. Two-thirds of the total ($41.1 million) will go to directly support United Way’s work in education, income and health- the building blocks of opportunity.  The remaining funds (approximately $20.5 million) will support non-profits specifically designated by donors.  In addition to the annual resources, the Unite Forever endowment campaign has secured commitments totaling more than $10 million this year, reaching $61.7 million toward its $100 million goal.


“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s campaign, funding the important work United Way does to graduate prepared students, move people out of poverty and ensure access to quality healthcare,” said Jason Downing, United Way of Metropolitan Board Chair. “Rich and Mary Templeton’s unwavering focus and commitment have inspired incredibly impressive results, ensuring our community continues to thrive.”


Funds invested in United Way will drive social innovation and prepare students for success in high school and in life, equip people with the skills they need to get ahead and save for the future, and ensure families in need have basic resources.  Last year, with United Way’s support, 16,000 more preschoolers entered kindergarten eager to learn and ready to succeed; 4,000 hardworking individuals found new or better jobs; 33,000 children received well-child exams; and nearly 90,000 neighbors were served by area food pantries.  More than 60,000 community and corporate donors contributed toward United Way’s community impact efforts.  In addition to giving funds, more than 9,000 United Way volunteers logged nearly 24,000 community service hours during the campaign.


“Something special happens when people come together, united around a common goal,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  “There’s an energy and more potent force generated than any of us could ever create alone.  As we come to this campaign year’s end, we celebrate this power that can lift a community and put opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.”


The 2019 United Way Awards will celebrate the impact of United Way’s work under the leadership of the Templetons.  The campaign’s success will fund programs that work including United Way’s First Five Program, providing high-quality child care to underserved communities in Southern Dallas; Pathways to Work, offering training and placement for middle-skills jobs; and Healthy Zone Schools, engaging students, teachers and entire communities toward better nutrition and health.


“United Way is the unifying, driving force to get lasting results for Dallas,” said Rich Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments and 2018-19 Campaign Co-Chair. “Mary and I have been honored to lead this campaign, mobilizing volunteers and companies toward action to improve education, income and health in our community.”


Following the Templetons and an influential line of successful leaders committed to making a difference in our community, Tom and Karen Falk will serve as United Way’s 2019-20 Annual Campaign chairs.  Tom Falk, Chairman of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, led the 2013 annual campaign and continues to actively advance United Way’s mission.  Under Falk’s leadership, Kimberly-Clark and its employees have donated more than $60 million to United Ways nationally to build stronger communities.  The coming year will mark the 95thcampaign for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, looking to build on a remarkable stretch of momentum generated in recent years.



“Karen and I are honored to serve as the next chairs of United Way’s annual campaign,” said Tom Falk. “We’ve seen firsthand how gifts to the United Way make a lasting difference for our community.”

Karen Falk added, “We are especially proud to support United Way’s work to help North Texas students reach their full potential. Equipping and empowering children for success in school lays the foundation for great futures.”


The couple co-chaired United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 90thAnniversary Unite Forever Gala in 2015. They are longtime members of United Way’s Ruth Sharp Altshuler Tocqueville Society and have extended that legacy through support of the Unite Forever campaign.


“Rich and I are incredibly honored to have served as campaign chairs over the last year, as our entire community came together to impact so many people,” said Mary Templeton.  “We know Tom and Karen will continue to unite North Texans from all walks of life and inspire them to join in the community-building work of United Way.”


United Way’s 2019-20 campaign officially begins July 1, with workplace campaigns gearing up in the Fall. To learn more about United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and how to give and get involved, visit www.unitedwaydallas.org.


United Way Awards

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas celebrated the successful 2018-19 campaign by recognizing some if its remarkable volunteers and donors who were instrumental to the overall effort.


Clint McDonnough, United WayFoundation of Metropolitan Dallas Chairman, is the 2019 recipient of the J. Erik Jonsson Award, the organization’s highest volunteer honor. McDonnough has compiled a remarkable record of inspiring service to United Way. He has previously served as chair of the Campaign Cabinet and also served as a member of the Tocqueville Cabinet and Resource Development Committee. McDonnough currently serves on the United Way Foundation Board and the Community Impact Committee and is a vice chair for the Unite Forever Campaign.He is a loyal contributor who has been a Tocqueville donor since 2005, and he is a supporter of the Unite Forever Campaign.A retired managing partner of the Dallas Office of Ernst & Young LLP, McDonnough has been a leader in both philanthropy and healthcare throughout his career and epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism that is the inspiring legacy of J. Erik Jonsson.


Additional United Way Award recipients include:

  • Give Award– Kristy Faus and Carol March, Co-Chairs, Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children
  • Advocate Award– Individual: Roberta (Robbi) Luxbacher, Vice-Chair, Advocacy Committee; Corporate: Tim Leahy, AT&T
  • Volunteer Award– Individual: Terri Grosh, Texas Instruments; Organization: Mr. Cooper
  • Education Award– Individual: Cynthia Yung, Boone Family Foundation; Organization: Celanese Corporation
  • Income Award– Individual: Valerie Skinner, Holloway Family Foundation; Organization: JPMorgan & Chase Co. – Anne Motsenbocker
  • Health Award– Individual: Debbie Dennis, Oncor; Organization: AdvoCare Foundation – Whitney Strauss
  • Social Innovation Award– Individual: Kimberly O’Neil, CEO, The Giving Blueprint; Organization Kleinert Foundation
  • Emerging Leader Award – Shawn Leamon, Chief Strategist, LaGrande Global
  • United Way Service Award– Carrington Coleman
  • Public Service Award– Tom Luce and Margaret Spellings, Texas 2036
  • Robert Miller Media Award– Grant Moise, President and Publisher, Dallas Morning News


Corporate Awards

  • Spirit of Caring– Texas Instruments
  • Corporate Impact Award –PepsiCo
  • Million Dollar Companies –AT&T, Baylor Scott & White Health, Celanese Corporation, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP, PepsiCo/Frito Lay, PwC, Texas Instruments, UPS, Vistra Energy
  • Corporate Leader Award –Amy King and Mark Haliwell, Ernst & Young LLP; Lesley Sanders, GEICO; Rebecca Mullin, McLane Food Service; Erica Austin and Jennifer Garcia Molina, Contran
  • Corporate Engagement Award –Baylor Scott & White Health, RealPage, Vistra Energy, Pioneer Natural Resources




About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas:

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based nonprofit organization that believes in the power of unity to create lasting change. For over 90 years, we’ve brought people and resources together to strengthen Health, Education, and Income—the building blocks of opportunity. Together, we work to achieve long-term results that help our community thrive. We encourage every North Texan to be part of the change. To give, volunteer, advocate or learn more, visit UnitedWayDallas.org.