United Way Annual Meeting to highlight changes, renewed vision

anapoliBy Augie Napoli, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland

We’ve seen a year of sweeping changes occur, with more certainly to come. It’s only fitting that United Way start unveiling its own changes. There are several areas that this 104-year old organization will be focusing on, which include renewing its mission, vision and scope of work for the benefit of the communities it serves.

United Way’s Annual Meeting is Friday, March 10, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. Board Chair Marc Byrnes and I will use this opportunity to share our renewed and re-envisioned strategic areas that will take United Way to the next level.

With an anticipated crowd of nearly 1,100 community members and United Way supporters, we will discuss the successes we have achieved during 2016 and the aggressive plans we have for the coming year. Some of these successes include how your support has been a critical component in ensuring our partner agencies have the tools needed to provide critical services to those in need.

Whether your support came from a monetary gift, volunteering or advocating face-to-face or through your own social media channels, we applaud you for all you do.

Campaign Co-Chairs Heidi Gartland, vice president of government and community relations at University Hospitals; and John MacIntosh, managing partner at KPMG, will report on the results of the 2016-17 campaign and pass the baton to the Co-Chairs of the upcoming campaign.

We’ll discuss new and innovative initiatives. We will also acknowledge our strong partnerships with Geauga and Medina counties; and we expect to be graced by several local leaders, including remarks by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

We look forward to an exciting event, highlighted by The Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, a group of young men ages eight to 18, who will perform movement poetry to the annual meeting theme of “Together, We’re Greater.”

As I reflect upon my first nine months with United Way, I am humbled and honored to lead such a respected organization. I am excited to take on the challenges, and expand on the current opportunities, with an open mind and open heart to be a catalyst in successfully taking United Way into the future as a leader and model of philanthropy.

This year’s annual meeting will be one to remember! Because together, we are greater!

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