Happy New Year and thank you for all you do for Dane County.
As our community demographics and economics continue to shift, we have the opportunity to engage and plan the next transformation of United Way. As the new leader of United Way of Dane County, I pledge to listen and collaborate well in order to create measurable change.
This year the Board and I are embarking on a Year of Discovery. We want to take the best of what has been, and build toward our future.
We won’t lose our core competencies – data, convening, engagement and accountability – but we will dig deeper to identify how we can more fully, together, tackle our community’s toughest poverty and equity issues by focusing on Education, Income and Health – the building blocks of a stable life.
The past few months I’ve been meeting with Board members, staff, volunteers and community partners. I will continue meeting with donors, corporate leaders and community members into this new year. Deep listening from our community’s many stakeholder groups as well as Dane County families and individuals utilizing services will inform United Way’s strategic direction moving forward.
I am so incredibly grateful for all you have done and for all you will continue to do.
I also want to thank my predecessor, Leslie Ann Howard. Leslie’s impact will be forever felt in Dane County and we will continue to uphold her legacy at United Way. Thank you, Leslie, for your dedication to bettering our community over the last 34 years.
Please continue to share your thoughts, ideas, concerns, time and resources as we deliver on our mission – to unite the community to achieve measurable results and change lives – and work toward our vision: A Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life.
President & CEO