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Wilson to chair United Way of Central Maryland’s fundraising campaign

Alan Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Co., will lead the 2012 United Way of Central Maryland fundraising campaign in conjunction with his executive leadership team at the Sparks-headquartered flavor company. UWCM’s campaign, which officially kicks off this fall, aims to raise more than $24.7 million for local programs working to bring good health, financial stability and self-sufficiency to central Marylanders facing poverty. Among these programs are United Way’s Access to Healthy Food Initiative, entering its second year, and Family Stability Initiative, which is in its inaugural year.

A longtime philanthropist who believes in the power of collective impact, Wilson leads by example. In his role as campaign chair, he will actively work to raise awareness about UWCM’s measured approach to poverty-related issues, encouraging the business community across central Maryland to give generously.

McCormick & Co. is known for its culture of giving back to the community, dating back to the organization’s inception in Baltimore in 1889. In fact, McCormick was instrumental in the creation of Baltimore’s Community Chest – the local nonprofit that evolved into what is now United Way of Central Maryland. One of McCormick’s core values, “Concern for One Another,” is exemplified through the company’s many giving programs. Since 1941, the company has held “Charity Day,” during which employees donate their pay from an eight hour workday to local nonprofits, and the money is matched dollar-for-dollar by McCormick.

For decades, McCormick & Co. has led one of UWCM’s most generous workplace giving campaigns, raising more than $1.6 million last year alone for the nonprofit.