United Way Community Campaign Raises $4.65 Million

Fort McMurray was extremely giving this past year.

The United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo announced Tuesday that their 2019 Community Campaign raised $4.65 million.

“On behalf of the United Way Board of Directors, staff and our agency partners, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the 2019 Community Campaign,” said Campaign Chair Ken Sandmoen in a news release. “Your donations are integral to solving unignorable issues in Wood Buffalo and $4.65 million will go a long way in addressing these issues.”

The campaign – which ran from September through the end of 2019 – marked 40 years of the campaign in the region and helped engage individuals, families and workplaces throughout Wood Buffalo to give back to the community.

“We have an exceptionally giving community which has allowed United Way, in conjunction with out partners to strengthen the social infrastructure of Wood Buffalo for 40 years,” Sandmoen said.

While the total fell short of their $5 million goal, this year’s campaign saw the first rise in funds since 2014.

Board President Stephen Yatauro says this exemplifies the tremendous support the community provides towards social profits.

“It takes a real team effort to deliver this result in the face of continuing challenges in our regional fundraising space. Thank you to everyone involved in our campaign.”

In the 40 years since the campaign’s inception, over $100 million has been invested to help the community’s most vulnerable.

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