Living United: Basin Electric employee Shawn Deisz

United-Way-Logo“Live United.”

The slogan is not just mere lip service, and Basin Electric employees prove that every year during the cooperative’s United Way fundraising campaign.

As part of Basin Electric’s 2013 United Way campaign, we are highlighting employees who either benefit from or volunteer with United Way and partnering agencies in their communities.

Shawn Deisz, Basin Electric vice president and controller, first became involved in United Way when her former boss at Eide Bailly asked her to lead their United Way employee fundraising campaign.

“I am so thankful that he did encourage me to get involved and I can’t say enough about how much that involvement has meant to me over the years,” Deisz says.

Shawn Deisz

Shawn Deisz

Deisz’s involvement led her to become Missouri Slope Areawide (MSA) United Way board president in Bismarck, ND, in 1996. She now serves on the MSA United Way Board of Trustees.

“I think my favorite part of being involved in United Way is hearing from the agencies that we support,” Deisz says. “They are really the people who provide the services to the people in need. They are the ones who have the stories that show and can demonstrate the impact that United Way dollars can make.”

Employers like Basin Electric make it easy for employees to donate to United Way by enabling payroll-deducted donations to spread contributions across the year. Those employees who choose to donate can be confident that 99 cents of every dollar donated to your local United Way chapter stays in the community, Deisz says.

Basin Electric employees can learn more about the campaign on the cooperative’s intranet, Inside Basin.

Watch the video to hear why Deisz believes United Way is a great way to give back to your community.


  1. Julie Slag says:

    Well said, Shawn!

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