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Open Letter from our Board of Directors Chair

“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” -Mahatma Gandhi

I am inspired to serve the community through United Way. Our board of directors recently made momentous and courageous decisions— decisions that will help shape social change in our community for generations. Our current system of social justice requires new ways to solve persistent problems. Our new model of funding only promising or proven collaborations has been clearly communicated over a long period of time and is backed up by powerful data. Collective impact is hard, but it works. We know all that, but choosing this path is uncomfortable… we are not yet expert at this model. But because of our commitment to the Strategic Plan we adopted, we’ll stick to this path and, as Ghandi says, we’ll “acquire the capacity to do it….”

The time is right for our approach as we activate our networks around transformative change.  United Way is the answer: the partner every employer needs to build relevance into relationships. It’s time to unlock the transformational power of the relationships we have by using them as channels to connect human, social, intellectual and, yes, financial capital with the causes that matter most.

I “have the belief that we can do this”. With community leaders, academic experts, forward-thinking employers, committed public servants and so many others, we will succeed. And, as a result and over time, tens of thousands of families in our community will move from desperation to prosperity.

Executing bold vision is hard. Maintaining the status quo is easy. This week, we chose hard. We chose to change the course of history.

Thank you.

Kevin Trapani

Board of Directors Chair

United Way of the Greater Triangle