United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties Key Dates in History
1918 – Federated giving in Springfield, Ohio dates back to World War I, when the first War Chest campaign was conducted under the name of “Springfield and Clark War Service.”
1921 – The “Springfield Federation for Community Service” was organized.
1923 – The Springfield Community Fund began conducting federated campaigns for local voluntary agencies, raising $170,511 for 17 organizations during the first campaign.
1951 – The name Community Chest of Clark County, Inc., was adopted.
1953 – A successor organization, the United Appeals Fund of Springfield and Clark County, Inc. was organized. The new organization was organized with the stated purpose “to raise funds in one campaign for recognized local health, welfare and social agencies and for recognized health, welfare and disaster-relief needs.”
1973 – The name “United Way of Clark County, Inc.” was adopted at the 1973 Annual Meeting.
1978 – The annual campaign topped $1,000,000 for the first time.
1985 – The Wesley Harrison Society was established to recognize leadership giving to the United Way.
1985 – The United Way service area was expanded to include Champaign County. The name “United Way of Clark and Champaign Counties, Inc.” was adopted at the Annual Meeting.
1986 – Information and Referral became a program of the United Way. I&R staff and volunteers link people with problems with the agency or organization best suited to help. United Way of Madison County was established and was run on a volunteer basis only.
1990 – The annual campaign raised over $2,000,000 for the first time.
1991 – Child Care Connections was created as a service of Information and Referral. This program links persons needing childcare with potential providers.
1998 – United Way established a United Way Endowment Fund with the Springfield Foundation.
2000 – Community Assessment was published, which identified four primary target areas at focus: Stable Healthy Families, Healthy Neighbors, Self Sufficiency and Core Areas.
2001- The annual campaign raised over $2,700,000.
2005 – The United Way service area was expanded to include Madison County. The name “United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties” was adopted.
2006- The United Way office was relocated to the Clark County Heritage Center
2007- Information & Referral’s 3digit number 2-1-1 became live.
2012- Informationa & Referral became nationally accrediated.