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Bank president and 40-year donor calls United Way a “mutual fund”

We Fight For Iowans

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - CEO and President of MidwestOne Bank Charlie Funk has been giving to United Way since 1979. He says the nonprofit is unmatched in its ability to pool community resources and distribute them where needed.

"I think United Way is very attuned to the current needs of the local community," Funk said.

Not only has Funk been a donor for four decades, he's also served in several leadership positions. In 2006, he chaired a campaign for the local chapter which raised $2,219,789, a record at the time.

"When you contribute to United Way, you're really contributing to a mutual fund that supports the whole community," Funk said.

"He's just one of those people that dives in and shares his expertise," Katie Knight said, president of United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties.

UWJWC is gathering donations for its COVID-19 recovery fund right now, which is helping people with monetary vouchers for things such as housing assistance and food.

"It's helping them with a very important need," Knight said.

A team of 37 volunteers has also produced over 1,000 face masks since the pandemic started and plans to produce another 1,000 more.

Funk says especially now, the devotion of the United Way staff is on full display.

"You really can't be involved in an organization similar to United Way without having a lot of passion for what you do because you see a lot of tough circumstances, but your passion allows you to go past those tough circumstances," Funk said.

KWWL and the United Way are teaming up for a day of giving on Tuesday, June 30th. We’ll be asking for your help all day and during a special broadcast at 6:30 that night.

When it comes to protecting our most vulnerable, every dollar counts, and it all starts with your help.

Please join the battle Tuesday, June 30th, as We Fight For Iowans!

You can donate to your local United Way at

You can also text WEFIGHT to 91999  

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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