UFMD on track to build on early successes

On Feb. 13, bank and credit union executives will once again get the opportunity to set aside their differences to network, learn and, perhaps most importantly, raise money for children by attending the second annual United Financials Making a Difference networking luncheon.

In 2018, UFMD raised $22,000 in one afternoon from the 40 financial executives who attended the free event. With one week to go before the 2019 luncheon, to be held at the Southview Country Club in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., UFMD had already raised $30,000, said Mike Dalglish, the man behind the mission.

Proceeds from the 2019 event will be divided between the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities.

The UFMD model invites companies that serve the financial services industry to cover the cost of the event through sponsorships so financial industry executives may attend at no charge. This year’s UFMD fundraiser will feature a talk on fintech by Sanjay Kapur of Digital Credence, along with inspiration delivered by Robb Stauber, head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team.

Dalglish said it’s important to give financial services executives an opportunity to lead in philanthropic initiatives. “It’s exciting to be a part of this,” he said.