Alan Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Co. and a member of the GBC and its board of directors, will lead the 2012 United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) fundraising campaign in conjunction with his executive leadership team at the Sparks-headquartered flavor company. UWCM’s campaign, which officially kicks off this fall, aims to raise more than $24.7 million for local programs working to bring good health, financial stability and self-sufficiency to central Marylanders facing poverty. Among these programs are United Way’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative, entering its second year, and Family Stability Initiative, which is in its inaugural year.
“United Way does what no single organization alone can do to address poverty and the issues stemming from it. I want everyone in central Maryland to feel just as confident as I do about giving to United Way; it is an investment in a better community for us all,” Wilson said.
A longtime philanthropist who believes in the power of collective impact, Wilson leads by example. In his role as campaign chair, he will actively work to raise awareness about UWCM’s measured approach to poverty-related issues, encouraging the business community across central Maryland to give generously.
“At a time when so many of our neighbors are still struggling to meet their basic needs, we are very fortunate and thankful that Alan Wilson and his executive team at McCormick volunteered to lead the 2012 United Way campaign in central Maryland,” Mark Furst, president and CEO of United Way of Central Maryland, said.
“UWCM traces its roots back to 1925, and McCormick & Co. not only helped our organization get started, but the company and its employees have been extremely generous supporters of our work ever since. Alan and his team will continue the momentum created by Mayo and Molly Shattuck, who were simply outstanding campaign co-chairs for us last year.”
McCormick & Co. is known for its culture of giving back to the community, dating back to the organization’s inception in Baltimore in 1889. In fact, McCormick was instrumental in the creation of Baltimore’s Community Chest – the local nonprofit that evolved into what is now United Way of Central Maryland. One of McCormick’s core values, “Concern for One Another,” is exemplified through the company’s many giving programs. Since 1941, the company has held “Charity Day,” during which employees donate their pay from an eight hour workday to local nonprofits, and the money is matched dollar-for-dollar by McCormick.
For decades, McCormick & Co. has led one of UWCM’s most generous workplace giving campaigns, raising more than $1.6 million last year alone for the nonprofit.
About United Way of Central Maryland
For nearly 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region’s human service leader, encouraging all central Marylanders to give, advocate and volunteer. Its mission is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. UWCM works to bring good health, financial stability and self-sufficiency to individuals and families facing poverty in central Maryland. By drawing upon local knowledge, data and expertise to understand the community’s needs, UWCM is able to identify where gaps exist and concentrate on what works in addressing them – serving as a powerful advocate on critical health and human issues. UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With more than $3.5 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick Brings Passion to Flavor.