Key Club

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United Way’s oldest leadership giving program was founded in 1981 to encourage individual leadership giving and change lives for children and families.

Key Club: Unlocking the Leadership Potential of Dane County

Key Club is United Way of Dane County’s longest-running and largest leadership giving group with an inspiring network of more than 3,500 community influencers. At the core of every community are leaders whose caring and personal leadership set the course for others. In our community, these generous individuals (making an annual household gift of $750-$9,999) come together to accelerate positive change for Dane County through a tradition of caring. Key Club gifts comprise almost one-quarter of all dollars raised annually and make an enormous impact on the lives of our neighbors.

Membership in this leadership platform provides exposure and access to key leaders, key issues, and key solutions in our community.

Additional Membership Benefits include:
• Networking and learning opportunities at triannual Key Leader Panels
• Invitation to Leadership Giving Breakfast
• Family Volunteer Opportunities
• Invitation to annual Key Talk, an event focused on current community issues
• Opportunity to represent your company as a Key Club Council Member or Ambassador

Key Club Recognition Levels

All gifts of $750 or more will be recognized as Key Club gifts. Donors can also combine their gift with a household member to be recognized at a Key Club level.

As a token of our gratitude, Key Club donors receive an annual pin to identify themselves as an active community investor and leader, and are recognized in our annual Key Club Directory.  See who else is an active community investor HERE.

Diamond $7,500 – $9,999
Platinum $5,000 – $7,499
Gold $3,000 – $4,999
Silver $1,500 – $2,999
Bronze $1,125 – $1,499
Copper $750 – $1,124

2016 Key Leader Engagement Opportunities

Leadership Giving Breakfast – Celebrate the impact your dollars have on creating a better Dane County for all! This annual event is an opportunity for United Way to thank and recognize YOU, our most generous leadership donors, Leadership Giving volunteers, and workplaces.

Key Leader Panels – You will gain career advice, personal branding tips, work-life balance strategies and more when attending our Key Leader Panels! Attend a panel for an opportunity to hear what inspires influential executives in Dane County to lead, and an exclusive opportunity to participate in guided networking with other attendees.

Key Talk – United Way and our Partner Agencies are driven to create positive change! Join us for our annual “Key Talk”, an event to educate members about current community issues.

Family Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteering as a family is something special you can all do together! Join the Key Club Family Philanthropy Committee and United Way Volunteer Center for quarterly opportunities in Dane County (appropriate for all ages).

Key Club Ambassadors – Take your United Way involvement to the next level! As key leaders in the community and current Key Club donors, you have the opportunity to serve as a representative for the Key Club program within your workplace. For more information about this leadership opportunity, please contact us at

Key Club Directory – Get to know this network of Key Leaders in Dane County and within your company! This voluntary directory recognizes Key Club for its impact on the community.

Key Club Newsletter – Have you signed up for the Key Club Newsletter? Opt in to receive monthly newsletters in your email with information about progress on our community’s Agenda for Change goals, new community initiatives, Key Club events, volunteer opportunities, and more!

If you have questions about United Way’s Key Club please email