The Tradition of Red Feather Society
In the early 1930s many Community Chests, the forerunners of the United Way system, adopted the red feather as a symbol of service to the community. Even today, there are long term volunteers who still refer to the United Way campaign as the “Red Feather” campaign. In recent years, the red feather has become a symbol for community leaders who give at a level higher than the average citizen. During the 1980s, formal societies were established throughout Florida to recognize these leaders.
Membership in Red Feather giving societies has been expanded to include five levels of recognition:
Gold – $2,000 – $9,999
Silver – $1,500 – $1,999
Bronze – $1,000 – $1,499
Patron – $750 – $999
Leader – $500-$749
Red Feather Society givers are unique individuals who understand the importance of giving back to the community. Their good fortune is considered something to be shared with those less fortunate. They believe the United Way is a good investment for their charitable dollars, based on personal knowledge and interests.
You can be a member of the Red Feather Society of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. By doing this, you will make an exemplary statement of community caring and compassion. Your investment will be distributed to the partner agencies in Okaloosa and Walton Counties by volunteer Fund Distribution Committees. Or, if you prefer, you may designate your gift by county or to a specific agency.