United Way leaders announced Thursday that the 2015 campaign raised $9. 045 million, which surpassed its $8. 75 million goal as well as the $8. 5 million raised in 2014 campaign. United Way president Scott Crane joined Carrie O'Neill and Jim Nelson, the campaign co-chairs, in revealing the results during a news conference at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf. He credited special efforts this year by the Women's Leadership Council, Deere & Co. and the Pacesetter organizations for helping to push the campaign over its goal. He said it was the most ever raised by the annual campaign itself, although a federal grant received a few years ago put that year's funding level above this year's campaign mark. Launched in September, the effort includes several programs, such as Born Learning Academies, hygiene kits, Born Learning Trails and a calendar and text campaign with tips for parents to turn everyday moments into fun, learning opportunities. Nine organizations ran their internal campaigns before the main campaign even began.