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United Way of Cass-Clay exceeds $5.9 million fundraising goal

United Way staff and volunteers celebrate as Travis Christopher, the organization's resource development director, announces they raised $6 million during the 2017 fundraising campaign. The goal was $5.9 million. Angie Wieck / The Forum

FARGO — The United Way of Cass-Clay announced Friday, Feb. 2, it had raised $6 million, exceeding the $5.9 million goal for 2017 that the organization set back in September.

United Way Resource Development Director Travis Christopher made the announcement to a group of about 40 United Way staff members and volunteers at the organization's headquarters, 219 7th St. S. in Fargo.

Before the official announcement, Christopher took time to thank the volunteer campaign chairman, Paul Richard of Sanford, and other members of the campaign cabinet.

"You might have heard stories that United Way funding is going down. That it's getting harder, and we're having to decrease this and cut that," he said. "Instead, we're talking increases every year. We're talking about new ways of giving and new programs. We don't take that for granted."

This is the 14th consecutive year the local United Way has met or exceeded its fundraising goal. The chapter is ranked in the top 150 of the 1,800 United Ways operating in 40 countries and territories.

Christopher said the funds will be invested in programs that support the United Way's four goals of reducing hunger and homelessness, preparing children to succeed, helping people become independent, and lifting people out of poverty.

Kristina Hein, the United Way's marketing and brand management director, said the additional funds raised would likely be invested in the organization's new workforce development initiatives.

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