A gift of $100,000 from the Karakin Foundation kicked off the 2012-13 Maui United Way fundraising campaign, which has a goal of $1,050,000.
Monday's news release said that MUW has already raised 20 percent of its goal.
"We extend our sincere gratitude to the Karakin Foundation and to the thousands of individuals and businesses who contribute their time and money to Maui United Way," said Laksmi M. Abraham, president and chief professional officer of MUW. "This past year . . . Maui United Way touched the lives of over 75,000 people and provided hope for a better life."
MUW partners with more than 300 Maui companies in workplace giving.
"Running a United Way 'campaign' is the traditional way hundreds of Maui companies' partner with us to support our community," said Abraham. "Providing employees with meaningful opportunities to give back to the community at the level they feel comfortable is a benefit for any corporate culture."
The workplace giving program offers convenience through payroll deduction and electronic giving, donor choice for agencies to receive funds as well as "opportunities to give back and make a difference" in the community, the news release said.
Last year, Maui United Way raised just under $1,050,000 to support 36 health and human services programs, the news release said.
Companies interested in joining the campaign may call 244-8787 or go to the website www.mauiunitedway.org.