Our recent editorial about the United Way’s 2006 fundraising campaign went to press before I could get some questions answered about how 2006 compared to 2005’s campaign.
In 2005, United Way of Pierce County raised $12.2 million. Last year, it raised $13.7 million including a one-time $1.75 million match from Craig and Niki Ueland, the Russell Investment Group, George and Dion Russell, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Take the match away, and United Way actually raised less in 2006 than it did in 2005.
I asked Rick Allen, United Way president, about the apparent…