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Changing the Story Through Philanthropic Leadership

United Way Pacesetters is a powerful, elite group of local business, civic and philanthropic leaders who share a passion for investing in the community and making a difference with their annual gifts of $500 or more. When you join the Pacesetters, you demonstrate your leadership and deep level of commitment to the transformation of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Together, we can change the story! Ready to join? Make your gift online today!

Pacesetter Chairman, Chip Pickering

Leadership givers have a deep commitment to helping people. Every year, hundreds of people make an annual investment of $500 or more into our community through United Way. The energy, excitment and enthusiasm of these generous individuals inspires others and infuses hope into those who need it most. Pacesetter Chairman Chip Pickering expressed his gratitude for all those who gave at this leadership level:  “I am always amazed at the empathy and generosity of the members of our community. I am blessed to be able to work with the United Way and the organizations that they support, and want to give a heart-felt thank you to the Pacesetters for all your support. Hats off to you.”

Final 2016-2017 Pacesetter List 





All Pacesetters* benefit from:

  • Joining a local network of philanthropy leaders who are engaged locally to create lasting change

  • Partnering with a quality organization and dedicated staff; ensuring that gifts and time are efficiently invested in local communities to maximize impact

  • Gaining from the unique position of United Way to leverage community, business and civic relationship by coordinating deeper investment in education, income and health resources to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Ohio Valley

  • Being recognized on and in our Annual Report

  • Receiving invitations to personal tours of local agencies to see how your generosity is changing lives

  • Special opportunities to volunteer and connect with other Pacesetters and their families

  • Regular E-Newsletters with exclusive content for Pacesetters (Sign up here:

*Donors are recognized as Pacesetters only when gifts are directed to United Way and not to a designated agency

Pacesetters Annual Giving Levels

Tocqueville Society:
Contributions of $10,000 and above

Alexis de Tocqueville was a young Frenchman who traveled to America in 1831 to record his observations of democracy in this dynamic new country. Tocqueville’s resulting work, entitled “Democracy in America” describes a country of willing, committed people who step forward to help when a need arises among others in the community. He saw volunteerism as a way of life that was uniquely American.

The Tocqueville Society recognizes the French historian's admiration for our country's spirit of helping. Its members are recognized for their generous annual contribution of $10,000 or more.

Visionary (Platinum):
Contributions of $5,000 - $9,999

Contributions of $2,500 - $4,999

Contributions of $1,000 - $2,

Contributions of $500 - $999