The Vanguard

What is the Vanguard?

The Vanguard is a United Way giving program that recognizes donors of $1,000 or more annually. Most Vanguard donors allot a portion of their donation to support the administrative expenses of the campaign so that all other donors may be certain 100 percent of their gifts goes directly to the agencies. Vanguard donors may also choose to direct all or part of their contributions to agency support.

Individuals or combined households contributing at the following levels qualify for membership in the Vanguard:

Pearl: $1,000-$1,499
Topaz: $1,500-$1,999
Sapphire: $2,000-$3,499 
Ruby: $3,500-$4,999 
Emerald: $5,000-$9,999 
Alexis de Tocqueville Society: $10,000 and up

Vanguard contributors are very special to United Way — and to our community. Last year, all donors, including Vanguards, helped in the following ways:

  • Helped place 670 classroom mentors in every public elementary school in Tippecanoe County.
  • Brought $2.2 million dollars back to Tippecanoe County in tax revenue through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).
  • Aided 260 children in preparation to succeed in kindergarten.

Give a little more ... Help a lot more!

Become a Vanguard, increase your Vanguard level, or pledge to be a Vanguard and you will help the Greater Lafayette community even more! (Vanguard gifts are at least $1,000 annually.)

This year, every new or increased unrestricted dollar you give toward becoming a Vanguard (or increasing to a new level of Vanguard) will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a grant from Eli Lilly Endowment.

Special Incentive Offers


* Increase last year's gift by $20 and receive a special ticket price for the Sept. 26 home football game — Purdue Boilermakers vs. Bowling Green Falcons.

* Your pledge form must be received by Sept. 17 for the following offers:

  • Increase your Vanguard gift and receive Shively Outdoor Club tickets for $100 each or Buchanan Indoor Club tickets (which includes premium food) for $150 each.
  • Increase any donation by $20 and get half-price tickets to the game (Sept. 26 game only).


Give at least $20 more than you gave last year to United Way and receive a buy-one-get-one-free offer for Mark Morris Dance Group's "Dido and Aeneas" (April 2, 2016). This signature event to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Elliott Hall of Music brings Purcell's famous opera to life with a chamber orchestra, vocalists and dancers under Mark Morris' baton. First-come, first-served; limit 500.