LEAD THE WAY

We believe that you can be a leader of change. And by joining a United Way Donor Group, you can meet like-minded individuals who donate, advocate, and volunteer to create a positive impact in our community.

Members connect through special events and unique volunteer and professional development opportunities. You can also use our crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a campaign and invite your friends and family to help you make a real difference.

DONOR GROUPS

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Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society is a powerful group of local business and civic leaders who invest $10,000+ to help the United Way address our community's most critical needs.

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Bridges Society

Bridges is for rising community leaders and philanthropists under the age of 45 who contribute $1,000+ and want to take a leadership role to impact our community’s future.

We are grateful to our leadership donors for their support of United Way’s good work in the community.
Click here to see the leadership log.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Pamforweb

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

Pam Fletcher

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”
Crooks_Molly for web

Making the Most of Every Moment

Molly Crooks

"I get so much out of the Tocqueville Society. Volunteer events, interaction with people, and knowing that my money is being directed to the right place.”

KariKirkpatrickforweb

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

Kari Kirkpatrick

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”
DelilahPweb

Finding a place to belong

Delilah Picart

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”
TheresaB

Finding balance in life and work

Theresa Bone

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”
Lenette and Fran Solano

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

Fran and Lenette Solano

“One of the best ways to have a positive impact in the community is to give to United Way. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. And it stays in our community. That’s the biggest thing.”

Stephanie and Glenn Todd

If You're Not Participating, You're Missing Out

Glenn and Stephanie Todd

“For many years, I didn’t understand the concept behind the Tocqueville Society. If I had known earlier, I’d have gotten involved sooner.” You never know when a good suggestion will change…

Dodi_Dan_Edelstone

Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

Daniel Edelstone, M.D.

“I give to the Impact Fund because I want my dollars to go wherever they’re needed most in the community.” During the many years that Dr. Daniel Edelstone led the Physicians Campaign at the University…

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Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…
Karen and Brian Erdahl

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

Brian and Karen Erdahl

Brian and Karen Erdahl have shared views on community involvement, shaped by shared experiences. Both grew up in small communities in rural Minnesota, where Brian’s family farmed and Karen’s father…

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It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…
Dottie Photo me in big chair

Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…
geoffkasse

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

bws headshot

Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

Jaspers photo

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…

ButcherJ

Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…

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As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…

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Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…
Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

Sharon Hicks

Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

Pete and Cathy Mendes

Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

Lou and Kathy Testoni

Superwoman of Pittsburgh

Kathy Testoni

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

John and Carolyn George

Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

John, Jacob, Jackson and Jane Wieland

Women Helping Women

Jane Wieland

With a husband of ten years and two young sons, Jane Wieland’s life never has a dull moment.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

Dan Onorato

Pay it Forward

Dan Onorato

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back

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A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

Pamforweb

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

Pam Fletcher

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”
Crooks_Molly for web

Making the Most of Every Moment

Molly Crooks

"I get so much out of the Tocqueville Society. Volunteer events, interaction with people, and knowing that my money is being directed to the right place.”

KariKirkpatrickforweb

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

Kari Kirkpatrick

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”
DelilahPweb

Finding a place to belong

Delilah Picart

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”
TheresaB

Finding balance in life and work

Theresa Bone

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”
Lenette and Fran Solano

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

Fran and Lenette Solano

“One of the best ways to have a positive impact in the community is to give to United Way. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. And it stays in our community. That’s the biggest thing.”

Stephanie and Glenn Todd

If You're Not Participating, You're Missing Out

Glenn and Stephanie Todd

“For many years, I didn’t understand the concept behind the Tocqueville Society. If I had known earlier, I’d have gotten involved sooner.” You never know when a good suggestion will change…

Dodi_Dan_Edelstone

Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

Daniel Edelstone, M.D.

“I give to the Impact Fund because I want my dollars to go wherever they’re needed most in the community.” During the many years that Dr. Daniel Edelstone led the Physicians Campaign at the University…

ellen_freeman_280x280

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…
Karen and Brian Erdahl

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

Brian and Karen Erdahl

Brian and Karen Erdahl have shared views on community involvement, shaped by shared experiences. Both grew up in small communities in rural Minnesota, where Brian’s family farmed and Karen’s father…

FullSizeRender (1)

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…
Dottie Photo me in big chair

Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…
geoffkasse

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

bws headshot

Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

Jaspers photo

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…

ButcherJ

Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…

portrait_janebobkrizner_280x280

As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…

chelsey-head-shot

Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…
Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

Sharon Hicks

Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

Pete and Cathy Mendes

Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

Lou and Kathy Testoni

Superwoman of Pittsburgh

Kathy Testoni

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

John and Carolyn George

Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

John, Jacob, Jackson and Jane Wieland

Women Helping Women

Jane Wieland

With a husband of ten years and two young sons, Jane Wieland’s life never has a dull moment.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

Dan Onorato

Pay it Forward

Dan Onorato

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back

portrait_edhaller_280x280

A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

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Together we raised $34.7 Million in 2014

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