Thanking and honoring United Way’s donors and volunteers
2017 United Way California Capital Region Impact Awards


We had an exciting 2017 as we built upon the Square One Project that launched in 2016 with the goal to significantly increase the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Our goals could not be achieved without the help of our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers.

United Way honored these individuals and companies who are making a lasting impact in our communities at our recent donor celebration.

2017 United Way California Capital Region Impact Award Recipients:

The Frances Wisebart Jacobs Live United Award is presented annually to a community trailblazer or trailblazers who embody the characteristics of Frances Wisebart Jacobs (a founder of United Way). This award recognizes those who have gone above and beyond in longevity of service, generosity of giving and passion to address pressing societal issues, thereby making our community a better place – today and tomorrow. The 2017 award was given to Keith & Char Donnermeyer. The Donnermeyers received the award for their longtime service and passion for giving back to our community. Keith has been involved with United Way since his career first started at Deloitte. Newly married, they both supported United Way at their jobs. After attending a United Way Women’s Symposium in Chicago and seeing the impact that women were making across the country, Char got really excited about the possibility of having a greater impact in our region. She and Keith, along with Carol Wolfe and Donna Chipps started Women in Philanthropy, now known as Women United. As founding chair, Char has been an amazing supporter of Women United and our work with foster youth, also serving as a United Way board member for many years and actively participating in our impact process. They’ve both given countless hours to United Way and still continue to do so.

The Bojé and Price Award for Outstanding Volunteerism was awarded to an advocate, volunteer, leader in the nonprofit community and the voice of the Sacramento Kings, Scott Moak.  In his role as the Vice President of Community Impact and Executive Director with the Kings Foundation, Scott has supported United Way at every turn. He’s been the voice of our annual Day of Caring, organized Kings’ employees for volunteer events, and helped secure a $25,000 grant to support our education work. Scott exemplifies the work of United Way as a volunteer and champion for those in need.

Siven Ly was named Young Leaders Society Member of the Year for her work with United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) to improve the education and health of children in the Sacramento area and grow the presence of the group. As the chair of the YLS Leadership Council, Siven leads by example and has dedicated countless hours to growing the group’s presence in our community.

The Women United Member of the Year is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies the work of United Way within Women United, a United Way action group working towards improving the lives of foster youth in our community. The award was presented to Jessica Gauna-Miller. She serves on the leadership council for Women United and through her own story about her experience in foster care, has helped raise thousands of dollars for our program. She is a constant advocate for the foster youth we serve and lends her voice to anything we ask.

Every year the annual Cornerstone Award is awarded to a company who not only achieves outstanding results in the company’s United Way campaign, but also makes volunteerism and community engagement part of its company culture. This year the Cornerstone Award was presented to UPS. UPS has been a loyal United Way partner here in our community for the past 35 years. Through donations and volunteer hours they have proven their commitment to helping people in need in Sacramento. They have increased their employee giving campaign for three straight years and over the past five years have contributed more than $1.67 million to support people in our community and have donated more than 5,000 volunteer hours. Not only do they sponsor our conference room, they will serve as a sponsor for our fundraising efforts on Big Day of Giving in 2018. Our newest board member, Andrea Shipley, comes from UPS and has been instrumental in supporting our Women United action group and the Square One Project.

Congratulations to all of the award winners. Thank you for your continued support!

See the full event photo gallery here.