Businesses ‘cash match’ for United Fund

November 4, 2013

The Yadkin Valley United Fund is being challenged by local businesses who are willing to put up some serious dough if YVUF can meet a fundraising goal.

Last year, the YVUF launched the Small Business Match Challenge, a philanthropy effort spearheaded by six local small businesses who matched $7,000 in donations of other businesses within the Yadkin Valley area.

This year, eight local businesses stepped up to guarantee $10,000 if the United Fund is able to secure contributions in that amount from local businesses.

The donation must be received by Dec. 31 to qualify for the match.

Missy Loving, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund commented, “This is an opportunity for small business owners to double the size of their gift and make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the betterment of the local community. It’s just an amazing way to challenge other small businesses to join us in our drive to have locals helping locals.”

According to the YVUF, the businesses backing the Small Business Match Challenge are: WIFM, Elk Pharmacy, Federal Financial Services, Lodgix.com, Ace Music and Pawn, ACM Agency, Basin Creek Realty, and Neaves & Gillespie, P.A.

“We felt the need to take extraordinary measures to encourage other small business owners to participate in the United Fund’s annual campaign,” explains David Cline, COO of Federal Financial Services Inc. “By establishing this challenge fund, we hope more small businesses will step up to help during this time of great need in our community.”

Donations are accepted at the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce located at 116 E. Market Street in Elkin. Checks can be made out to the Yadkin Valley United Fund. Donors may also visit yadkinvalleyunitedfund.org and click on the link for the Small Business Match.

For its 2013-14 campaign, the YVUF has set an annual support goal of $145,000, a $10,000 increase compared to goals it set for 2012. According to its website, the YVUF has raised $40,000 toward the goal. The organization recently completed a series of “Dine Out for the Fund” nights at local eateries who donated a portion of proceeds to the YVUF.

According to the YVUF, the United Fund campaign extends financial funding and volunteer support to twenty-eight local non-profit community agencies. All monies contributed to the 2013 campaign stay locally to help the people of the Yadkin Valley.

“Last year, through the generosity of local individuals and organizations, the United Fund bridged support to agencies like Tri-County Christian Ministry; Echo Ministries, Grace Clinic, Boy Scouts of America; Feed the Elderly and many more. Services provided by member agencies include short term housing, food, counseling, job training, child care and education,” said a news release.