United Way awards RTI International with prestigious Spirit of North Carolina Award

Researchers designed an online calculator to help families plan for the future


Research Triangle Park, NC— RTI International has received the Building a Better Future Award from the United Way of North Carolina, presented today at the annual Spirit of North Carolina awards luncheon in Pinehurst, NC. This award recognizes the official rollout of RTI’s “Our money needs calculator | United Way of North Carolina” which is now available on the United Way of NC website.

The “Our Money Needs Calculator” lets North Carolina residents understand what income is required (depending on their county of residence and family composition) to be living at a “self-sufficiency” standard. The research to determine the Self-Sufficiency Standard for North Carolina 2017 was conducted by the Washington School of Social Work for the United Way of North Carolina.

Visitors to the United Way of NC website can also be connected with resources and access an accompanying PDF toolkit developed by RTI, “Let’s Talk Money: A Family Guide.” Both the calculator and the toolkit were developed by RTI pro bono, the latest example of an enduring collaboration between RTI and the United Way that goes back 20 years. A team of RTI technology, creative and marketing staff spent nine months working with their counterparts at the United Way of North Carolina. Both parties recognized how important it is to help struggling North Carolina families that have been left behind in the current economy.

Accepting the award were Alexandra Bornkessel, leader of the development team at RTI, and RTI executive vice president of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences, Tim Gabel.

“RTI is proud to use our broad research, development and technical expertise to help the United Way to serve our neighbors in need,” Gabel said. “Working with the United Way supports our mission as a non-profit research institute, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.”

The awards presented at the Spirit of North Carolina luncheon recognize business and other organizations that are leading their communities in embracing a united spirit of giving and volunteering that extends beyond the traditional United Way campaign season.

“RTI is honored by this opportunity,” Bornkessel said. “We look forward to further ventures with the United Way of North Carolina, and other United Way chapters across the nation.”