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United Way of America Names Ogilvy PR as Agency of Record

Washington, DC, August 20, 2003 — The United Way of America today officially announced that Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) will serve as its Agency of Record, effective immediately. As Agency of Record, Ogilvy PR will handle all public relations for the national headquarters of the nation’s leading community impact provider.

“Through its work for the United Way on a variety of projects, Ogilvy PR has demonstrated that it understands how the United Way is evolving to meet the tremendous rate of economic, social and political change occurring in the communities we serve,” said Cynthia Round, executive vice president, strategy and marketing. “Ogilvy PR can help us reposition United Way from fundraiser to community change agent. It’s a pleasure to have them on our team.”

Prior to being named Agency of Record, Ogilvy PR had assisted the United Way of America on two separate initiatives—Success By 6, a national public-private partnership that enables communities to provide their children with the best opportunity to succeed by the time they begin school, and 2-1-1, an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers with important community services and volunteer opportunities.

“The United Way has long been one of the most recognized and most well-respected brands in the United States,” added Robert Mathias, managing director of Ogilvy PR’s Washington office. “We are excited to be part of the United Way of America’s effort to lead the philanthropic community as they confront the nation’s most pressing issues.”

“When the opportunity presented itself, the decision to consolidate our PR activity at Ogilvy PR was an easy one,” continued Round. “Ogilvy PR has an excellent reputation for doing superior work with brands and have demonstrated that they understand how to effectively apply brand management to non-profit organizations. We are excited about the opportunity to tap into this expertise.”


About the United Way of America
United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement in making a measurable impact in every community across America. The United Way movement includes approximately 1,400 community based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.

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About Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is a global marketing communications firm, with offices in more than 60 cities around the world. Entering its 24th year providing public relations solutions, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has specialties in consumer marketing, corporate (B2B), health & medical, social marketing, technology, public affairs, government relations and entertainment. Through its subsidiary Feinstein Kean Healthcare, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide provides communication consulting to biotechnology companies. The Holmes Report has named Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide 2003 International Agency of the Year; marking the fourth consecutive year the firm has been awarded “Agency of the Year.” Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is part of the WPP Group, the world’s largest marketing communications company (NASDAQ: WPPGY, For more information, visit our Web site at