1961-1980: From UGN to United Way of Pierce County



Originally known as the Federation of Social Agencies and the Community Chest at its start, the organization changed its name to United Good Neighbors (UGN) of Pierce County in 1952. This sticker was given out to households and companies who contributed to the 1961 UGN fundraising campaign. Donors were encouraged to display the sticker on a window in their home or business.  

SUPPORT UGN NOW! was the clear message of this group photo that appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune on September 30, 1962. The article helped promote the upcoming UGN fundraising campaign, which raised a total of $1,044,528. 

Support UGN

camp seymour


In 1969, a partnership between UGN and the Tacoma-Pierce County Opportunity & Development, Inc. helped many youngsters spend a part of their summer at Camp Seymour. PICTURED (left to right): Jeff Hathaway, Jean Gaba (camp counselor, a French-speaking native of the Central African Republic and UPS student), Carl Anderson and Bill Middleton. 

In 1972, the United Good Neighbor Fund of Pierce County officially changed its name to United Way of Pierce County, to conform with the national organization’s name change to United Way of America. This photo, which appeared in the Tacoma News Tribune on January 8, 1972, shows Howard Boyle, executive director of United Way of Pierce County, watching a worker change the name on the office, which was located at 702 Broadway. 


Loaned Executives

The loaned executives’ program, started in 1973, has played a key role in the success of many fundraising campaigns. This photo shows 30 of the executives who were on loan from various Tacoma businesses for the UGN campaign. A total of 73 executives worked on the 1973 campaign, which raised $1,545,915

Frank Hagel served as a United Way professional for twenty-four years, including fourteen years as President and CEO of United Way of Pierce County. 1979 - 2003. Prior to that he served eight years in management positions for United Ways in Yakima, WA and Portland, OR. Frank was also the vision for the building that United Way of Pierce County currently resides in.

Frank Hagel

Photo credits (top to bottom): United Way graphic; Tacoma News Tribune, September 30, 1962; United Way photo; Tacoma News Tribune, January 8, 1972; United Way photo.