Greater Portland United Way exceeds fundraising goal

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PORTLAND — The annual autumn fundraising campaign by the United Way of Greater Portland was quite bountiful, the agency announced Jan. 28.

Spokeswoman Kristin Chase Duffy said donations topped the $7.7 million mark, exceeding the agency’s $7.6 million goal.

“I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the greater Portland community in supporting the education, financial stability, and health needs of our residents through United Way’s annual campaign,” Bill Caron, a campaign co-chairman and president of MaineHealth, said.

The fundraising success was attributed in part to a $250,000 donor match from the John T. Gorman Foundation; more than $3.5 million in donations from L.L.Bean, Unum, Hannaford, IDEXX, TD Bank and MaineHealth; $1.1 million in household donations, and 51 small businesses that donated at least $365.

The fundraising topped the 2014 giving by 7 percent and was the highest amount raised since, 2011, Duffy said.