United Way of Central Carolinas




Sean Garrett to succeed outgoing executive director Jane McIntyre

United Way of Central Carolinas has named Sean Garrett as its new executive director.  He was selected by the board of directors after an extensive search and will begin the job on March 1, following the conclusion of United Way’s fundraising campaign.

Garrett is currently the vice president of development (fundraising) for United Way Worldwide, the umbrella organization over all United Ways.  He has spent his full career in the United Way network, beginning at United Way of Dane County (Wisconsin), then moving to United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where he was director of major, planned and leadership giving.

He has been in New York since 2010, initially as United Way Worldwide’s director of global programs and promoted twice since then.  A fundraising veteran, Garrett has directed key teams in charge of multimillion dollar fundraising efforts, and he has strong relationships with Fortune 500 companies and private foundations, where he created new multi-year partnerships.  He has run capital campaigns, overseen leadership and legacy giving programs, and developed long-term initiatives to steadily grow fundraising capacity.

“We have landed not only a strong fundraiser, but someone who knows how to develop and maintain relationships with major companies, foundations, and individual donors to get everyone engaged and committed to creating community solutions,” said Ed O’Keefe, chair of United Way’s board of directors, who led the search committee.

“Long-term initiatives like raising the graduation rate and reducing homelessness can only succeed when the entire community works together.  The current leadership team has created an excellent foundation, and we see Sean as someone who can take United Way’s impact to the next level.”

To read the full news release, please click here.

For the Charlotte Observer's lead story, please click here.



Jane McIntyre Honored with Order of the Long Leaf Pine, State’s Highest Award for Community Service

Gov. McCrory: ‘You Saved United Way’; Honor Spans Career of Service Including Leadership on CMS School Board, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation and YWCA

Two months before her pending retirement, Jane McIntyre was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor for extraordinary service to the state.  She received the accolade in a surprise presentation in front of family, friends and career colleagues at the end of United Way’s Dec. 11 board meeting.

The award is given by the Governor of North Carolina; Gov. Pat McCrory called in to congratulate McIntyre during the presentation.

“I am so proud of your contributions to this state, to our schools, and to serving those in need,” said McCrory, who was Charlotte’s mayor when McIntyre served on the CMS Board of Education, when she brought YWCA Central Carolinas back from the brink of bankruptcy, and when she was hired to reinvent United Way of Central Carolinas.  “You basically saved United Way, and you know how much that organization means to me.”

McIntyre was nominated by United Way of North Carolina.  The award was presented by Duke Energy district manager Randy Welch, who was the incoming chair of United Way’s state board when McIntyre took charge at United Way of Central Carolinas in 2009.  Welch noted that prior Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipients include Billy Graham, Maya Angelou, Charles Kuralt, Coretta Scott King, Michael Jordan and Dale Earnhardt.

Click here to read the Charlotte Business Journal story and see more photos; for video from the event, click here for WSOC's story, or here for Time Warner Cable News. For the full news release, please click here.



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Ingersoll Rand Joins ‘Million Dollar Club’ with $1.27M Raised for United Way

Davidson-based company surpasses 2013 campaign by more than 50 percent

Ingersoll Rand has raised $1.27 million for United Way of Central Carolinas, shattering the company goal of $1 million, and compelling United Way to expand its circle of million-dollar fundraisers from the Big Four to a new Big Five.

Ingersoll Rand is the first company headquartered outside of Charlotte to surpass the million-dollar mark for United Way of Central Carolinas, joining Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy and Carolinas HealthCare System. For perspective, no company beyond this Big Five has raised more than $500,000 annually for United Way.

Jane McIntyre, in her final campaign as United Way’s executive director, joined approximately 300 Ingersoll Rand employees at a victory celebration at the Davidson campus on Thursday afternoon. She noted that in her first United Way campaign, the company raised just over $300,000 in 2009.

“$300,000 was a tremendous success back then, so to quadruple that amount just five years later, that speaks volumes about Ingersoll Rand’s corporate culture and commitment to the community,” said McIntyre.  “The money you raised will help nearly 300,000 families and individuals in our five-county region, and more than 30,000 women, men and children here in the Lake Norman area.”

Click here to view the TWC News coverage of the event, or click here for the Herald Weekly's in-depth story. To read the news release, please click here.


United Way Announces $200,000 in Critical Need Response Fund Grants to Second Harvest, Loaves & Fishes to Combat Winter Hunger

United Way Young Leaders add “Can Castle” contest, supported by Publix, to its Week to Fight Hunger (Nov. 10-17) to magnify the Critical Need impact


United Way is giving $200,000 in Critical Need Response Fund grants to Second Harvest ($170,000) and Loaves & Fishes ($30,000) to help with hunger issues ahead of the difficult winter months. The dispersal of the funds, collected during United Way campaigns since 2012, was approved by the board of directors at its October 30 meeting.

United Way traditionally does not fund food banks or pantries. But in their fight against hunger, the two food agencies collaborate extensively with United Way’s partner agencies – Second Harvest works with 19 agencies across all five counties in United Way’s service area, while Loaves & Fishes works with four in Mecklenburg County.

This donation addresses the immediate short-term needs of hunger, but our community has many additional needs that donations to United Way will help address. For those who have not donated to this year’s campaign, Mobile Giving makes it easy: text 41444 to UWCC to make a quick donation by using a debit or credit card, or click here on United Way's website.

With this grant, United Way’s agency funding in the current fiscal year is now $17.4 million. For the full news release, please click here.

United Way Young Leaders' "Week to Fight Hunger" to Boost the Donation's Impact

United Way Young Leaders, which consists of donors age 40 and under, has held a “Week to Fight Hunger” each November to raise awareness for food hardships. Now in its fourth year, the Young Leaders’ signature event will amplify this Critical Need donation by collecting canned goods.

Rather than compete with the many existing food drives out in the community, Young Leaders opted to leverage the traditional United Way fundraising campaign process. As part of their fall campaigns, many companies organize internal events, so the Young Leaders created a new “Can Castle” contest as one option for campaigns conducted throughout October.

Companies and other groups were encouraged to create Can Castles, such as the one featured on United Way’s Facebook page, which was made with canned goods donated by Publix. All of the canned goods will ultimately be donated to Loaves & Fishes. Additionally, designers of the winning castle, as voted on by Week to Fight Hunger participants, will earn $500 from Young Leaders and $500 from Publix to donate to any agency participating in Week to Fight Hunger.

Week to Fight Hunger, Nov. 10-17, will include nine volunteer projects, plus a “hunger challenge” to help illustrate the experience of food hardship. More details regarding the challenge and the week-long volunteerism opportunities can be found on the Young Leaders website, www.uwyl.org.

Media Reaction to the Donation

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