Pillars Lead the Way!

two United Way donors at a party

Our United Way of Champaign County leadership program, Pillars, was established in 1985. Over 1,200 Pillars contributed $2.5 million last year! Pillars continue to be the driving force behind our United Way's impact efforts.

We are very grateful for our sponsors. Their support underwrites all the costs of the Pillar program, including the IMPACT newsletter, the annual Pillar celebration, new Pillar recruitment efforts, and more. 

What is a Company Leadership Giving Program?

A conscious and strategic effort to encourage employees with an exceptionally generous spirit, a desire to step forward and act on that spirit, and a well-placed trust in United Way to make a leadership gift of $500 or more. Across the country, leadership giving is the fastest-growing segment of most company workplace campaigns. Recent surveys suggest companies that have a workplace leadership giving program in place experience, on average, twenty percent higher employee per capita giving than companies without a workplace leadership campaign effort.

If you have any questions about the Pillar leadership program contact Becca Guyette, Chief Impact Officer.

United Way of Champaign County Pillar Leadership Giving Levels

Thank You Pillars


$ 500 - $ 999 Bronze Circle
$ 1,000 - $1,999 Silver Circle
$ 2,000 - $2,999 Gold Circle
$ 3,000 - $4,999 Platinum Circle
$ 5,000 - $7,499 Cornerstone Circle
$ 7,500 - $9,999 Diamond Circle
$10,000+ Alexis de Tocqueville Society


Pillar Plus - Increase of annual gift of 10% or greater