Local United Way Loses its Largest Donor: Intel

As the season of giving comes to a close, one of the area’s dominant charities — United Way of the Columbia-Willamette — is making do without its dominant donor — Intel and its thousands of local employees and retirees.

In September, Intel notified the local United Way it was terminating its fall workplace-giving campaign, says Keith Thomajan, the local United Way president and CEO.

That left a huge hole in local United Way funding. Intel, its staff and retirees contributed $6 million to the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in 2014-15, 23 percent of its total fundraising, says Tripp Somerville, United Way spokesman.

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