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3M Makes Record in-kind Donation to United Way Resource Center

Gift promises to benefits dozens of local nonprofits through multi-year commitment

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January 9, 2008 (FPRC) -- The United Way Resource Center was a half-empty warehouse before corporate giant 3M decided to fill it to the rafters with office supplies that will be donated to local nonprofit agencies. And 3M promises to keep the shelves stocked with materials for the next three years.

The United Way Resource Center is the home base for the Gifts In-Kind Program, which accepts donations from corporations and individuals, then distributes those gifts to nonprofit agencies who need them. These donations can be almost anything, including basic office supplies like pens and notebooks and paper clips, desktop and laptop computers, toiletries (for homeless and domestic abuse shelters), reams of copier paper, etc.

The idea behind this one-of-a-kind Resource Center is simple: By linking philanthropic companies with nonprofit agencies in need, the burden on those agencies is reduced, both in terms of budgetary costs and hassle, which frees up money and time to spend on serving the community.

Enter 3M, which announced in late 2007 that it would commit to donate more than $380,000 in goods to the Gifts In-Kind program, bringing the total donated by 3M last year to an astounding $593,000.

A week later, just before the holidays, the first set of trucks pulled up to the Resource Center, full of 3M materials. The first round of donated goods included digital projectors (an expensive luxury for most nonprofits), desk lamps, crates of Post-it notes, tape dispensers, etc.

This generous gift highlights 3Ms commitment to increasing capacity for nonprofits.

We want people to understand the impact of the United Way Gifts In-Kind Program, said Ann Stafford, Director of Community Affairs for Spansion. For example, a ream of paper that is donated isnt just a ream of paper. CASA of Travis County can use that paper to create contracts so that abused children will have volunteer advocates who will give them a voice in court. There is real power in donating goods.

Send an email to Andy Buck of United Way Capital Area
512-472-6267



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