Donor Offers $10,000 Campaign Match through United Way’s Emerging Leaders Program

    October 20th, 2021

    Former Emerging Leader encourages involvement of younger donors — Prospective Emerging Leaders invited to Bonfire Social Oct. 28

    MANKATO—A local donor is offering a matching gift of up to $10,000 on new donations made to United Way through its Emerging Leaders United program for givers under age 40.

    As a former member of Emerging Leaders United, the donor saw the opportunity to help Greater Mankato Area United Way with its 2022 campaign goal while also growing membership in United Way’s community engagement group for younger givers.

    Emerging Leaders United is for adults under the age of 40 who pledge a minimum annual gift of $250, or a combined minimum annual gift of $500 with their spouse. Members have the opportunity to expand their philanthropic passions through community involvement, learning and volunteering. Events focus on donors’ leadership stories, local businesses’ community giving initiatives, volunteerism and more.

    During the 2022 campaign, the donor has committed to donating a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 for new Emerging Leaders United pledges.

    According to the donor: “The Emerging Leaders program was one of my early involvement areas in the community and allowed me to build connections, better understand the needs of the community and make a difference. I know the impact matching programs had for me early in my career to allow me to multiply my impact and I want to help others step up and get involved.”

    Campaign donations can be made by going online to, calling United Way at 507-345-4551, or sending a check to Greater Mankato Area United Way, 127 S. 2nd St. #190, Mankato, MN 56001. Those interested in being an Emerging Leader can select the option on their pledge form, make note of it on their donation, or contact the United Way office.

    Current and prospective Emerging Leaders are invited to a Bonfire Social, 6-8 p.m. October 28 at Minnewaukon Ranch in Mankato. Learn more:

    Greater Mankato Area United Way is currently at 34 percent of its 2022 campaign goal of $2,060,000 for 59 programs within 40 agencies. Each year, United Way programs serve more than 51,000 people in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet and Waseca counties. All programs that apply for funding are reviewed and vetted annually by more than 80 community volunteers.