United Way of Greater Cleveland Congratulates President and CEO Augie Napoli, Named a 2019 “Difference Maker” by Cleveland Jewish News

CLEVELAND: United Way of Greater Cleveland congratulates Augie Napoli, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, who was named one of 2019’s 18 Difference Makers by Cleveland Jewish News (CJN) for demonstrating outstanding leadership within the Greater Cleveland philanthropic community.

Cleveland Jewish News created the CJN 18 Difference Makers with the mission of highlighting individuals making significant contributions throughout Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community. The Cleveland Jewish News held its fifth annual 18 Difference Makers Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening where Napoli and the 17 other honorees’ significant contributions were recognized.

“Leaders among us like Augie Napoli, and the significant role he and United Way of Greater Cleveland play in serving so many in need throughout our community, are what makes this recognition so meaningful,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the CJN and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor Augie and our entire 2019 class of CJN 18 Difference Makers.”

United Way of Greater Cleveland is fighting harder than ever to end poverty across Greater Cleveland through two interconnected approaches. The first is the Community Hub for Basic Needs, a network of wrap-around services, addressing the basic and immediate needs of those in poverty such as food and shelter. The second is the Impact Institute, a think tank with an action plan which brings together thought leaders from across the city and the nation to form data-driven Solution Centers. These Solution Centers are dedicated to developing long-term solutions to address the root causes of poverty, including racism and childhood abuse.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors at United Way of Greater Cleveland, I congratulate Augie on being named one of Cleveland Jewish News’ 2019 Difference Makers,” said Paul Dolan, United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Board Chair.

“This is a well-deserved honor as Augie is fearless in his leadership and tireless in his devotion to United Way of Greater Cleveland’s mission to end poverty and create a better life for those living in need across our city.”

United Way is leading the charge by partnering, endorsing and advocating for those in need alongside other nonprofit, public and private sector partners. Last year alone, United Way helped 320,000 people through the Community Hub for Basic Needs and answered 276,000 calls through 2-1-1 HelpLink, a free and confidential service, successfully connecting 90% of individuals with the resources they need.

“Every person in Cleveland deserves a chance to succeed,” said Napoli. “I was blessed with a lifetime of support from family and friends which resulted in many opportunities and successes.”

He added, “Given the magnitude of the poverty issues we face in our city, my focus now is to make support and opportunities available to all those within the communities we serve who have not been as fortunate. United Way of Greater Cleveland is the culmination of my career – the most important opportunity to make our city a better place in the most meaningful and lasting ways possible for the people who need it the most. I thank Cleveland Jewish News for this honor.”

Since 2016, Napoli has served as President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland, the region’s largest private funder of health and human services. Napoli and United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Board of Directors led a transformative, three-year strategic plan that has diversified the organization’s fundraising streams, ensured increased operational excellence and transformed its investment strategies.

Throughout his career as a nonprofit executive in Northeast Ohio, Napoli has guided numerous programs instrumental in bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic investments to Northeast Ohio.

Napoli is an active leader in the Cleveland community. In addition to his role at United Way, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He is also affiliated with numerous professional and community organizations, including the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations, the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Transformational Alliance, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – Community Advisory Council, the 50 Club of Cleveland and Say Yes to Education.


Founded in 1913, United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty across the Greater Cleveland area. The largest private-sector investor of health and human services, United Way invests in efforts that address poverty using a two-pronged approach. The first prong focuses on the daily issues affecting those living in poverty, the Community Hub for Basic Needs. The second drives research and innovation through the Impact Institute, a think tank with an action plan, focused on identifying long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit www.unitedwaycleveland.org.