Our Mission

Improve the lives of others by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

Our Vision

Build a community in which everyone has the aspirations, resources and opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

We are your neighbors, co-workers and friends. We are a collaboration of donors, volunteers, organizations and experts—UNITED around the shared sense of purpose to reduce poverty in our community. Founded in 1923, United Way of Central Ohio is one of the largest United Ways in the country. We bring together more than 80,000 donors, advocates and volunteers, because when we speak and act together, we have the power to do more and our impact multiplies.

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United Way of Central Ohio is a
volunteer-driven organization

Concerned and compassionate citizens created United Way of Central Ohio to help people in need and make our community a better place for everyone.

Today, we are mobilizing the caring power of thousands of individuals and central Ohio employers to advance the common good.  Together, we are working to create opportunities for a better life for all.  We are joining hands, opening our hearts, lending our muscle and finding our collective voice.

Planning and Investment Committee

The Planning and Investment Committee provides the strategic guidance and oversight necessary to ensure advancement of UW’s funding investments. The committee helps ensure that funding investments align with UW’s Community Impact strategies. The Planning and Investment Committee oversees coordination of UW’s Program Investment Process, provides strategic guidance on development and implementation of System & Innovation and Neighborhood Based investment agendas; reviews proposed investments and sources potential new investment opportunities. The committee also provides the strategic guidance and expertise necessary for performance measurement and continuous learning and improvement.

Mo Wright – Chair
Jennifer Marshal – Vice Chair

  • Amiee Bowie
  • LaShaun K. Carter
  • Steven Gladman
  • Isi Ikharebha Green
  • Hannah Jones
  • Nicholas Jones
  • Bill Lafayette, Ph.D.
  • Jason Morton
  • Patrick Westerlund
Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee provides strategic guidance and expertise needed to create and implement a public policy agenda that supports United Way of Central Ohio’s mission to reduce poverty.

Fred Ransier
Laura Koprowski

  • Shawna Bosse Davis
  • Darnita Bradley
  • Tara Britton
  • Amy Goyal
  • Holly Gross
  • Hannah Halbert
  • Lisa Patt-McDaniel
  • Michael Madriaga
  • Tracy Najera
  • Zach Reat
HR Committee

Lana L. Hillebrand, Chair

  • Julia Baxter
  • Elizabeth Blount McCormick
  • Kevin E. Griffith
  • Joy Lehman
  • Michelle Miller
  • Lori Pierson
  • Katrina Plourde
  • Fred Ransier
  • Daniel L. Richardson
  • Tom Rieland
  • Elliott Tobias
  • Lisa G. Whittaker
Accountability Committee

Strengthens donor and community trust by supporting and enhancing United Way efforts to: establish appropriate standards of accountability for all UWCO-funded investments and ensure that those standards are adequately achieved, and define and measures impact at the program, organizational, and community levels. Provides training, technical assistance and other support to strengthen the capacity of member agencies to realize their missions and support UWCO community results.

Mo Wright, M.P.A, Chair
Jennifer Sharma, Vice Chair

  • Scott Caine
  • Jill Dannemiller
  • Sharon Fiddler
  • Toski Flemister
  • Dawn Gleason
  • Dr. David Julian
  • Jackie Kemp
  • Marti Ridley
  • Dinessa Solomon
  • Warren Strauss
  • Justin Sulsberger
  • Mark Thompson
  • Marcy Williams
Audit Committee

Provides strategic direction and oversight for the annual audit, internal controls, potential risks and exposures for the organization.

Dr. J. Daniel “Dan” Good, Chair

  • Duane Casares
  • Craig Marshall
  • Jeff Miller
  • Daniel Rowell
  • Rick Schumacher
  • Elise Spriggs
Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Chair, the Chair-elect, the immediate past Chair, the Treasurer/Secretary, the vice chairs, a member agency representative, and a representative of organized labor. The Executive Committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the full Board of Trustees between meetings.

Lisa Ingram, Chair

  • Donald Brown
  • Virginia Nunes Gutierrez
  • Lana Hillebrand
  • Shawn Holt
  • Craig Marshall
  • Glen Skeen
Finance Committee

Provides strategic direction and oversight for the financial operations of the organization including the operating budget, pledge collections and other financial matters. Reports to the United Way of Central Ohio Board of Trustees.

Donald E. Brown, Board Treasurer / Chair

  • Derrick K. Antwi
  • Veronica Bennu
  • Brad Campbell
  • Rachel Caviness
  • Dan Crane
  • Doug Feller
  • Mary Lynn Foster
  • Shawn D. Holt
  • Jon Jasper
  • Jerome Jones
  • Timothy King
  • Chelsie Lanthorn
  • Steve Markovich, MD
  • Brian Waeltz
Nominating & Governance Committee

Dr. Steve Markovich, Co-chair
Craig Marshall, Co-chair

  • Lisa Ingram
  • Chad Jester
  • Robert Tannous
Marketing Committee

Provides strategic marketing and communication expertise to United Way of Central Ohio (UWCO).  The marketing and communication experts on this committee will advise UWCO on strategies for critical communications, as well as assist with developing long-range marketing plans that maximize the impact of key brand messages.

Barbara Benham
Tom Rieland

  • Elizabeth Blount McCormick
  • Katy Burrier
  • Dan Crane
  • Tiffany Grinstead
  • Ted Hattemer
  • Jim Kilgore
  • Hope Massie
  • Virginia Nunes Gutierrez
  • Xan Palay
  • Cheryl Pentella
  • Gayle Saunders
  • Elise Spriggs
  • Gabriella Terranova
  • Dr. Karin Wurapa, MD, MPH
Resource Development Committee

The Resource Development Committee defines, champions and refines a business model that produces the resources required for United Way of Central Ohio to achieve its work. It provides strategic direction and a framework to support the Campaign Chairs’ and the staff’s annual and longer-term fundraising efforts.  And it advises the Board of Trustees on matters relating to the development of resources and appropriate policies to guide development efforts.

Trudy Bartley, Committee Chair/Co-Chair
Martyn Redgrave, Committee Chair/Co-Chair

  • Jonica Armstrong
  • William Alston/li>
  • Alex Swain Anthony
  • Betsy Blake
  • Darci Congrove
  • Debbie Donahey
  • Brandon Dupler
  • Steven Fields
  • Dr. June Gutterman
  • The Reverend Monsignor Joseph M. Hendricks
  • Charles Hill
  • Teresa McWain
  • Denise Robinson
  • Hope Sharett
  • Robert Tannous
  • Ben Tyson
  • Dr. JoAnna Williamson

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