Campaign Launches!



The United Way of Bemidji Area kicked off its 2020 Annual Campaign today with Campaign Co-Chairs, Jake and Melissa Bluhm, and a live streamed event revealing the total of the Pacesetter Businesses early fundraising.

Pacesetter businesses “set the pace” for United Way’s campaign by conducting their workplace campaigns early.

The 2020 Pacesetter businesses are Beltrami Electric Cooperative, First National Bank Bemidji, Jake Bluhm State Farm, Potlatch Deltic, Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, RiverWood Bank, Target, and United Parcel Service (UPS). Pacesetter Business Results:


UPS - $4,000

Target - $5,500

Jake Bluhm State Farm - $3,500

RiverWood Bank - $13,980

Potlatch Deltic - $17,688

Beltrami Electric - $15,577.90

First National Bank Bemidji - $52,000

Sanford Health - $65,000


The United Way campaign for the community will run through October 31, 2020. Funds raised are invested in Bemidji area non-profit agencies and programs that address the root-causes of the most serious human needs in our community and create real, lasting change in people’s lives. United Way Partner Agencies have played a significant role in the local response to the pandemic, caring for those in need in our community.