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The Season of the Changemaker

If it’s autumn, it must be campaign season. Although we are working to engage donors and potential donors year-round, this is the time of year when, true to our history, workplace campaigns go into full force.

What’s the focus of the Campaign? This year, our approach is a little different — and it was inspired by the work of our agency partners. It was conceived out of the recognition that every single person can choose to touch a life or affect change. And this year’s messaging is about helping individuals understand, appreciate, and value her or his role in addressing social issues in the Triangle.

It’s an invitation to be a changemaker. What’s a changemaker? The phrase (one word not two) is “a term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.” It is a call-to-action to find your passion and find ways to work together.

We want the community to join in the bold step our agency partners have taken to work collaboratively. We are a new United Way that supports individual programs to help children and their families today by  investing in work that addresses their basic needs and gives them the tools to build future success. This simple graphic helps tell the story.

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Our video series, “A Bold Step” recognizes the power of individual voices – and features a full-length video representing the different areas of collaborative work expressed by six partners, as well as individual vignettes to give you a glimpse into their worlds.

So this year we’re making the Campaign personal. It is encouragement to “be the change” for vulnerable families and children in the four counties we serve. We recognize there are countless people involved in numerous ways to make the community a better place for all — thank you for being a changemaker. We’re hoping many, many others will join you!

– Melanie Davis-Jones,  Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement, United Way of the Greater Triangle


Holiday Volunteering

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes many volunteer opportunities in our community. Agencies across the Triangle area are working to bring holiday cheer to their clients, and you can help. Whether you’re looking to volunteer for a few hours, find a place to donate toys, or hold a food drive, you can make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season through one of these opportunities.

Visit often. We will be updating this list with new opportunities as they come in. And remember, this is the time of year when many people wish to volunteer, so if you see an opportunity of interest, do sign up!

Kraft Family YMCA Veterans’ Day Event

  • Volunteers needed for set up (10a-11a) and clean up shifts (1p-2p) for 11am Veterans’ Day event
  • Contact Beth Porter to sign up

Kraft Family YMCA Angel Tree

  • Volunteers will be needed in November and December to run the YMCA’s Angel Tree program
  • Contact Beth Porter to sign up

InterAct Holiday Bazaar

Volunteers needed to:

  • Accept and organize donations – December 5-9
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/4J6ASI

  • Transform InterAct into a toy store at the Elf Party – December 6
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/vB0GlK

  • Assist families during the Bazaar – December 10
    TO REGISTER: http://goo.gl/EOUnhO
    -Personal shoppers to assist mothers as they shop for their children
    -Personal shoppers to assist children as they shop for their moms
    -Elves that help keep the shopping areas organized and tidy
    -Special volunteers to help children wrap their gifts and play fun games

The Salvation Army of Wake County Christmas Activities

  • Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of holiday projects, starting as early as October 4.
  • Christmas Registration (30 volunteers/ shift) Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7 Volunteers needed to help register families for the Christmas Cheer program. Shifts include:
    -Tuesday Oct 4th 8:30am-12:30pm
    -Wednesday Oct 5th, 12-4pm
    -Thursday Oct 6 12-4pm
  • Christmas Toy Shop Set-Up (15 volunteers needed/day) December 1—December 17, Monday-Saturday
  • Bell Ringing Campaign Friday, November 25 – Thursday, December 24 (Monday-Saturday)
  • Stocking Stuffers 9,000 stockings need to be filled with goodies by December 15th.
  • Angel Tree at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center & Cary Towne Center November 11 – December 12
  • Christmas Distribution Days (80-100 volunteers) December 19, 20, 21 & 22; December 23 (Clean up)
  • Adopting Angels Individual angels can be adopted from the Angel Tree location at Crabtree Valley Mall, Triangle Town Center, or Cary Towne Mall.
  • Contact Margaux Austin

 


Q & A with Mack Koonce, CEO UWGT

UWGT’s goal is to be a catalyst for long term solutions as we address the short-term needs of our community.  So, we continue to meet basic needs for healthcare, food, housing and safety for the most vulnerable people in our area, but we are also mobilizing the community effort to create better pathways for low-income families and children toward more secure, sustainable life situations.  To do that, are transforming our role from being an annual funder into being a partner, convener, and investor for long term solutions.

In this Q&A, Mack Koonce, CEO, talks about UWGT’s transformation as catalyst for change.

What is UWGT’s approach to change?

We believe strongly that sustainable change only comes by taking a collaborative, two generational approach to helping more caregivers succeed and more children achieve educational success at an early age.  That means working with both kids and their caregivers to put the whole family on stable footing and create sustainable pathways. It’s not enough to help kids in school if they don’t have a stable home or food on the table.  You have to deal with the challenges faced by the entire family.  UWGT is delighted to be part of a national network which is dedicated to successfully using a two-generation approach to create greater economic and social mobility.

How do we do that? Through collaboration and innovation – the cornerstones of sustainable change.  We bring together multiple agencies in collaborative partnerships that put the family at the center of their efforts, works to understand all their needs, and focuses the expertise of those multiple agency partners to move that family into a stable life situation.  It’s the difference between giving someone the food they need for a week, and getting the family back on their feet by giving them food but also a safe home, helping adults find a job, offering educational support for the kids, and transportation to job and school.  By changing the current circumstances of children and their families, we can dramatically increase success rates, changing generations to come.

Innovation is a key element of collaboration – creating new ways to engage, work together, and find better solutions to community problems. Igniting entrepreneurial thinking can develop new perspectives on old problems, which leads to some very creative solutions.

What is UWGT’s role in making this happen?

You can think about what we do as 1) supporting collaborative work with the family at the center; 2) fostering innovative problem-solving; 3) creating solutions-oriented dialogue and engagement; and 4) mobilizing and investing financial resources in support of these problem-solving efforts.

Our “Changing Generations” focus enables us to be a catalyst for collaboration. Currently, our funding supports 24 collaborative partnerships that help kids grow up educated and healthy, and living in stable households.  Focused on families with children, these collaborative partnerships provide services for health, education, economic security and family support.

We are also a catalyst for innovative problem solving through our Innovate United initiatives – including a kind of “Shark Tank” that offers funding for innovative, scalable ideas that tackle problems like childhood hunger.  We engage businesses in accelerator sessions as part of that Challenge, where they offer mentoring and expert guidance to agencies and entrepreneurs who develop new ideas for solving a particular problem. In turn, these creative problem-solving activities allow individuals to get involved more deeply in understanding community challenges and apply their expertise directly toward solutions. Eaton, for example, has been a great partner, diving deep with two of our agencies to tackle specific issues they face in childhood literacy and opportunities for young people aging out of foster care.

For a business, there’s nothing like standing in the shoes of an agency partner to better understand the needs of our community.  For an agency or entrepreneur, there’s nothing better than to have access to experts who can help develop innovative, concrete solutions. It’s empowering for everyone.

Fundamentally, if we want to develop effective, long-term solutions with a deeper impact and community benefit, we need to engage people in more of these powerful, thought-provoking conversations in our community.  United Way can play a key role in leading that dialogue and encouraging people to act.

Do you have evidence that your collaborative approach is working?

We’ve just finished the first year of funding our 24 collaborative partnerships. We’re still analyzing success measures, but many of our agency partners tell us they have benefited greatly from learning to work more closely together.  In a normal day, many agencies focus on delivering much-needed services to their clients, and refer those clients to other agencies if they need other kinds of help. This puts the burden on the client to find their way through a complex web of organizations and processes to get the various kinds of help they need.

We take a different approach, building cross-agency teams that together focus on meeting the many needs of a family.  Instead of being referred by one agency to others, these families have access to a coordinated effort to help them find homes, jobs, improve their children’s school performance, and put regular meals on the table.  It’s a new way of working that requires developing new leadership and teamwork skills, but it benefits both the collaborative partner agencies and the families they serve.

What are your biggest challenges?

Our challenges are helping the community be aware of and engaged in these hidden issues, and to mobilize sufficient resources, especially funding, to be a catalyst for real community-level change.  We need people to understand the importance and impact of this bold, collaborative approach to moving families out of poverty, and to encourage their support of our “Changing Generations” and Innovate United funds that make our work possible.  Tied up in that challenge is also getting people to realize that in this seemingly prosperous community, 200,000 people, 60,000 of whom are children, live in poverty.  It really will take the community coming together to shift that reality.

UWGT is no longer an umbrella agency that shows up once a year to take in funds and share them back out to individual agency programs. We must help people understand the power of working in a family-centric, solutions-oriented manner. It is the united way of coming together to positively affect change in the Triangle.  We are focused on year-round engagement and dialogue, and use our funding to build collaborations and support innovation and engagement opportunities that create real, long-term, sustainable change.

It’s campaign season.  Why should people donate to United Way versus their favorite charity?

When you give to United Way, you invest in long-term, collaborative, innovative solutions. Contributions to our “Changing Generations” Fund and our Innovate United Fund are what allow us to build the collaborative partnerships and generate the new ideas we need to truly fight poverty in our area.  For example, United Way is the only source of funding for our More Than A Roof collaborative, which helps some of the 800 families who live in hotels in Wake County move into permanent housing.

Because of our broad reach across four counties and a hundred agencies, UWGT is best positioned to create partnerships, foster engagements, help build agency capacity, and facilitate the dialogue that draws us closer together as a community.  We are stronger together than we are alone, and by working together, we can make the Triangle region an area where everyone can be proud to live and work.

 


Idea Generation Next College Edition Launches

College students are inclined to be changemakers – curious, innovative and creative. And so we’re proud to announce the kickoff of Idea Generation Next: College Edition. IGN-CE is a pitch competition designed to encourage and promote new ideas from college entrepreneurs committed to addressing social issues facing our communities. It’s part of UWGT’s social innovation initiative to connect, engage, and collaborate with innovators, intrapraneurs, entrepreneurs, and individuals to improve the lives of families and children in low-income households in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties.

Universities taking part in the challenge include North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, Wake Technical Community College, and William Peace University. Open to all students – from artists and social workers to econ and business majors – IGN-CE is designed to create a pipeline of innovators from college-age women and people of color, groups currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community.

Students will learn about the challenges vulnerable children and their families face, here in the prosperous Triangle area.  Filled with inspiration and creativity, fueled by competition, the students will work with mentors from the Triangle business and entrepreneurial community to refine their ideas to create change, building their skills and networks. Students who win the pitch competition will receive funding and support to implement their ideas.

IGN-CE is a great way for experienced entrepreneurs and business people to get directly involved in helping students to learn and build confidence. This is an opportunity to hear creative ideas, foster teamwork, support the entrepreneurial spirit of the Triangle, and help to build a future generation of leaders.

Here’s how it works:

  • On Campus Kickoff Meetings:  Held at each participating university, this meeting will introduce students to Idea Generation Next: College Edition, lay a foundation of knowledge around some of the largest challenges in the Triangle, and provide students a framework for the upcoming pitch competition.
  • MLK Day Pitch Competition (January 16, 2017):  A different kind of service on MLK Day, the pitch competition begins with speed-mentoring that brings resources from the Triangle business and entrepreneurial community together with innovative ideas from college students to help take seeds of their ideas to the next level.  An estimated 10-20 ideas will be selected to move on to an Accelerator program.
  • Accelerator Program:  Taking place throughout Black History month and co-hosted with The Institute (NCIMED), student entrepreneurs will be paired with teams of mentors to help create business plans and hone presentation skills in preparation for the final pitch event.
  • Final Pitch Day: On February 24th, participants will pitch their final ideas to a panel of judges (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors) in competition for three prizes will be awarded to the top ideas.

Want to get involved as a mentor?  Sign up to be part of our mentor bank here.

Passionate about your idea to change the Triangle?  Apply here to Idea Generation Next: College Edition, and watch for an invitation to the kickoff at your university.  Be part of the next generation of innovative leaders that will come together to change the Triangle for good.


Reading in summer “keeps our brains smart!”

Every year at this time, the final bell rings and children leave school excited for summer vacation. Summer can be a time to relax and refuel – but for some students, it can be a time of vulnerability and setback.

Research shows that children from middle and high income families have access to enrichments during summer: camps, extra tutoring, and access to books help these children keep their brains engaged in learning all summer long. When these students return to school in the fall, they experience minimal declines in reading and math levels and some have even made academic gains.

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But children from lower income families often have a much different experience during the summer. Without the same level of access to summer camps, books, tutoring, or other enrichments, these children may begin the school year having lost two months’ worth of reading skills. These students experience “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide”.

What happens during summer accounts for an astounding 80% of the income-based achievement gap (Drs. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, Summer Reading: Closing the Rich-Poor Reading Achievement Gap, Teachers College Press, 2012). And it compounds year to year: one summer of learning loss sets this group of children two months behind their middle and upper income peers, but by the end of fifth grade, students from lower-income families can be as much as three years behind their peers (“Lasting Consequences of Summer Learning Gap,” by K.L. Alexander, D.R. Entwisle, and L.S. Olson in the American Sociological Review 72 (4): 167-80, 2007; professional presentation by Dr. Alexander, February 12, 2015). At that point it is extremely difficult if not impossible to catch up.

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What can be done? Reading books over the summer, especially high-interest books which children select themselves, has proven to be a high-impact, cost-effective way to combat summer learning loss. Having access to plenty of books for three summers in a row, in fact, confers that same benefit as a $3,000 summer school course – at a fraction of the cost (Drs. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen, Summer Reading: Closing the Rich-Poor Reading Achievement Gap, Teachers College Press, 2012).

Earlier this month, I was at Durham’s Glenn Elementary School talking to children about the importance of reading during the summer. Students were about to select 10 free books to take home to read over the summer and keep forever. I posed the question, “Why are we doing this today, right before school gets out for summer?” The best answer came from a student who raised her hand and said, “Reading keeps our brains smart!”

Yes, reading does keep brains smart, and reading over the summer is crucial for the academic success of all our children.

Closing the book gap in the summer can combat summer learning loss and thus help to narrow the income-based achievement gap. And the United Way of the Greater Triangle is doing its part, advocating for action around this critical issue.

You can help. Educate yourself. Spread the word. Volunteer. Read, and work to ensure that the students in your life have ready access to books in the summer and are themselves encouraged to read. Together, we can put a stop to summer learning loss for all our young people!

– Rachel Stine, Partnerships Manager, Book Harvest

Rachel Stine is the partnerships manager at Book Harvest, the lead agency for the UWGT-funded Close the Gap collaborative. Learn more at www.bookharvestnc.org.

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“Free Awesomeness”

Watching students file into the Media Center at Eastway Elementary School, some muddy and damp from Field Day activities, those of us volunteering were curious whether they’d get as excited about books. After all, how do you compete with a bouncy house? But when Daniele from Book Harvest asked, “how many books will you get?” each group of students enthusiastically shouted “10!” “And when will you need to return them?” “Never!” They were prepared for a field day . . .of books.

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Boys and girls armed with bright yellow backpacks swarmed the tables, eagerly looking for their favorite titles. If all of the stacks had been “Wimpy Kid” books, packs would have been filled in a split second. Instead, try convincing a fifth grader that a Beverly Cleary book is as entertaining. Or a kindergartener that princess books are pretty but Doc McStuffins or a book about the President or another about snowflakes could be fun to read too. As an adorable five year-old observed, “the princess books are my favorite and that’s how I’m going to choose!” She left with a backpack full that she’ll surely read because she chose every one.

One shy little boy wanted books about dinosaurs. Period. We found a pop-up book, a funny dinosaur brushing his teeth, and several others that explored everything from what they ate to where they lived. Success! Except we had four more to go. Luckily, he agreed that bugs just might be as interesting as dinosaurs. Thank goodness for cover illustrations that made insects look awfully terrifying too! He quietly made his way to his seat and joined the chorus of his fellow classmates happily sharing their new treasures.

A teacher had written on the white board, “Free Awesomeness” with Book Harvest. That it was.

– Melanie Davis-Jones,  Senior Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement, United Way of the Greater Triangle

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United Way of the Greater Triangle Showcases Local Social Entrepreneurs

More than $14K raised in 15 minutes by luncheon audience to support ideas.

Morrisville, NC  – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) hosted its first Idea Generation/Next event, designed to showcase innovative ideas from area women and people of color, currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial sector. Five entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a crowd of 175 people; then audience members were able to bid on their favorite ideas.

The entrepreneurs featured were:

Nate Myers and his multimedia workforce development program for teens, The Malkuta Project garnered the most money in the rapid, 15-minute fundraising push. He won an additional $5,000 award from United Way, along with two months’ free use of working space at the American Underground. Other entrepreneurs’ secured from $1,300 to $3,300 in funding from audience members.

The event is part of United Way’s Innovate United TM initiative that supports breakthrough ideas and innovative idea-generators modeled by the entrepreneurial sector to help solve social issues in the Triangle.

Keynote speaker, Sterling Freeman, eloquently summed up the importance of social entrepreneurial thinking to our community. “Social entrepreneurs can create sustainable and scalable businesses that both generate profits and address systemic social challenges. That is, social entrepreneurs in an intentional way give purpose to profits. They are innovators in hope.”

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A two-generational focus on families and children in low income households uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more at www.unitedwaytriangle.org

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687


United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Community Engagement Fellows Opportunity

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With over 60,000 nonprofit organizations, North Carolina is a nonprofit leader in the southeast. A significant concentration of those organizations is in the Research Triangle Park area. Many of these organizations depend on interns and fellows to broaden their outreach efforts, while training them to eventually lead organizations. Every day of an internship and fellowship is a chance to hone job skills and learn best practices in this field. While the work can be challenging, the rewards are many, including creating tangible change to improve the lives of individuals in our communities.

Every year, United Way of the Greater Triangle invests in the leadership development of a cohort of five to six talented leaders and provides them with learning opportunities to sharpen their business acumen through the Community Engagement Fellowship. Fellows receive ongoing, top-notch training from area nonprofit and corporate leaders, and will have many opportunities to put their skills to use. Fellows have meaningful responsibilities, including clearly communicating the importance of giving and volunteering with United Way to the employees at their assigned companies. Fellows will also have unique opportunities to connect and build relationships with a network of over 500 area nonprofit organizations and businesses. The skill set acquired through this fellowship are transferable to any field and will be an asset in many settings. If you have ever wondered what it’s like to work for a nonprofit, are committed to being a catalyst for positive change in our community, are eager to learn how to do accounts and project management, and have been described as an outgoing individual, then this may be the right opportunity for you.

“If you want to participate in a meaningful fellowship, where you’re gaining many new skills, and are making a difference in the community, then you should definitely apply for the Community Engagement Fellowship.  I really enjoyed this program and wish I could do it again!” – Katherine, 2014 Community Engagement Fellow

Thanks to my fellowship, my confidence grew and I am able to successfully complete the variety of tasks, including fundraising which can be intimidating to many. I enjoyed my experience and felt better prepared to take on responsibilities at other organizations because of the skills that I refined, and the knowledge that I gained.” –Madi, 2014 Community Engagement Fellow

The fellowship is held at United Way of the Greater Triangle’s office in Morrisville, NC. As a fellow you will have the opportunity to travel and build relationships across the four county region we serve: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties. For 2016 we will only be selecting 5 fellows.  Fellows must be available and participate in the mandatory trainings, July 6-8, and July 11-12. The fellowship requires a 37.5 hour Monday-Friday workweek. The 2016 Fellowship starts July 6 and ends November 18, 2016.  Fellows are expected to complete their entire term.  Fellows receive $12/hour during this fellowship.

Applications Open: April 27, 2016
Applications Due: May 27, 2016
Round 1 Interviews: Week of June 6, 2016
Round 2 Interviews: Week of June 13, 2016
Final Decisions: June 24, 2016
Mandatory Training: July 6-8, July 11-12
Program Start: July 6, 2016
Program End: November 18, 2016

How to Apply: Please send your cover letter, résumé and completed application to Mr. Stéphane Daniel by Friday, May 27, 2016 with the subject “UWGT Community Engagement Fellow Application.

Click here for a full description of the Community Fellowship

Click here to apply for a Community Fellowship


United Way of the Greater Triangle Announces Winners of Social Innovation Challenge to Tackle Childhood Hunger in the Triangle

$50K award plus three other awards for total of $100K

Morrisville, NC – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced today that a panel of judges comprised of community and business leaders; a nutritionist and local food coordinator; and venture investors/fund managers selected Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) as the winner of the $50K award for their idea of “Growing Youth Food Security Leaders.” The winning concept is to put youth at the center of developing solutions to childhood hunger through service learning clubs at middle schools in low-wealth communities. The kids will research and decide on a solution they would like to put into development; there will be funding for them to implement their ideas. The UWGT Social Innovation award will fund the pilot program in two schools.

“It is so important that we begin to look at the children, whom are faced with childhood hunger, as problem-solvers and not the problem. This innovation award allows us to involve the people most intimately impacted by childhood hunger with designing solutions to address the challenge,” remarked Brenda Elliott, Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services of WCPSS.

An additional award went to Urban Ministries of Wake County ($25K) for development of their Client Choice Pantry, complemented by nutrition education. Their focus is on recruiting mothers of children 0-5 and those who are expecting to increase their access to affordable, nutritious food and also giving them the skills to make healthy choices on a limited budget. The goal is to bridge access and information gaps to help families live healthier lifestyles by providing choices to honor a family’s preference.

Another $20K went to East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) in partnership with Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Farmer Foodshare, Durham County Dept. of Public Health, Healthy Families Durham and Durham Connects, for their CHIP project (Communities addressing Hunger In Partnership) that will create new food access (through CSA boxes) delivered by Parent Advocates. In addition, education supports will be integrated into ongoing EDCI pipeline programs to create a holistic approach that supports both children and caregivers.

The final award of $5K was given to middleschoolers at Cary Academy for their “Bus Stop Food Drop” idea to increase access to healthy meals during the summer using existing bus stop locations.

Students at Eastway Elementary School in Durham also participated in the judging by reviewing videos from the teams and rating the best ideas. Three of the four winners were also selected by the 5th graders.

“We are grateful to all the teams that participated. Each showed a passion for ending childhood hunger in our community,” said Melanie Davis-Jones, SVP of Marketing & Community Engagement at UWGT. “In varying ways, each of the teams reflect our two-generational approach to addressing social issues; we look forward to their progress.”

This is the second Social Innovation Challenge for United Way. The 2014 winner, Durham Public Schools Child Nutrition Services has provided, to date, more than 400,000 meals during the school year and last summer.

Challenge Sponsors: Citrix; Arysta LifeScience, The Redwoods Group and Zachry

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on families and children in low income households uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more at unitedwaytriangle.org

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687


United Way of the Greater Triangle Adds to Its Board of Directors

Area Executives Excel at Strategic Transformation and Collaboration

Morrisville, NC – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced Robert Albright, Associate Director of the Collective Impact Forum; Wendell Davis, County Manager for Durham County and Paul Griffin, General Counsel for The Select Group, LLC, have been elected to its Board of Directors.

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Pictured left to right: Robert Albright, Wendell Davis, Paul Griffin

These three area executives bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board and are visionary leaders in their respective fields. Albright facilitates an extensive nationwide philanthropic funder network to fuel cross-sector collaboration. Davis is leading the County through a transformative, strategic approach to governance. Griffin started the legal department from the ground up for The Select Group, a fast-growing international professional services firm.

“We are delighted to bring on not just one, but three dynamic leaders from our community. Their skill sets deepen our mutual understanding of collective impact, governmental partnerships and emerging leaders in our community – all vital aspects of moving the work of United Way forward,” expressed Kevin Trapani, President and CEO of The Redwoods Group and Chair of UWGT’s Board of Directors. “We are grateful for their willingness to serve at this important time for the Triangle region.”

Albright is a nationally-recognized speaker on collective impact. The Collective Impact Forum is an initiative of nonprofit consulting firm FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. While at FSG, some of his clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ford Foundation. He holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award and a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Davis is the chief executive officer for county government operations, managing a half-billion dollar budget and approximately 2,000 employees. Prior to becoming county manager, Davis was vice chancellor for Administration and Finance at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). He also served as deputy county manager for Durham County for more than 11 years. He holds an M.B.A. from Southeastern University; a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois; B.A. and B.S. degrees in Geography and Sociology from NCCU.

Griffin, recognized as a 2014 Triangle Business Journal Corporate Counsel of the Year Rising Star award recipient, has wide-ranging experience in corporate legal issues and has developed a strong business acumen advising clients over his career. Prior to joining The Select Group, he was with Young, Moore and Henderson, P.A. where he represented businesses and entrepreneurs. He is an alumnus of Campbell University where completed his    J.D. and M.B.A. degrees concurrently in 2011. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from N.C. State University.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) United Way actively mobilizes the caring power of communities to build resources, focus investments, and foster partnerships to improve lives and inspire generations of achievement in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on families and children in low income households uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more at unitedwaytriangle.org 

2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, North Carolina 27560 | 919.460.8687