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 40,000 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.

The Board of Trustees guides our organization to create lasting change in central Ohio.

These dedicated leaders are the catalysts for the change that helps us all LIVE UNITED. Your United Way of Central Ohio Board of Trustees:

  • Barbara Benham – Chair

    Executive Vice President
    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Huntington Bancshares Inc.

  • Donald Brown – Past Chair

    Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

  • Derrick Antwi, CPA

    AVP, Business and Finance
    Capital University

  • Trudy Bartley

    Associate Vice President, Local Relations and Community Affairs
    The Ohio State University

  • Tal Bendor

    Vice President, Strategy Manager Americas
    Swiss Re Americas

  • Jeff Carper

    Chief Operations Officer
    White Castle Management Co.

  • Duane Casares

    Chief Executive Officer
    Directions for Youth & Families Inc.

  • Rachel Caviness

    National Director of Business Development Private Client and Family Office Services

  • Hope Cotter

    Director of Marketing
    Columbus Chamber of Commerce

  • Dan Crane

    Financial Director
    Crane Group

  • Talisa Dixon, ED.D.

    Columbus City Schools

  • Mark Fluharty

    Executive Director
    Central Ohio AFL-CIO

  • Jeremy Gutierrez

    Sr. Vice President/Sr. Commercial Banker
    Fifth Third Commercial Bank

  • Carrie Harris-Muller

    Senior Vice President, Population Health

  • Michael Irving

    Assistant Treasurer, United Way of Union County
    Manufacturing & Quality Team Leader

  • Adam Lewin

    Hamilton Parker Company

  • Peter Lore

    Board Chair, United Way of Union County
    AVP, Quality Audit – P&C
    Nationwide Insurance

  • Elizabeth Martinez

    President and CEO
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

  • Steve Mason

    Chief Executive Officer
    Medical Segment at Cardinal Health

  • Azure’D Metoyer

    Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • Marlon Moore, Ph.D.

    Marlon Moore Consulting

  • Rocky Parker

    SVP & Chief Talent Acquisition Officer
    Nationwide Insurance

  • Martyn R. Redgrave

    Managing Partner and CEO
    Agate Creek Partners, LLC

  • Elise Spriggs

    SVP/Associate & External Relations
    State Auto Insurance Companies

  • Meredith Schwager (Board Fellow)

    Law Clerk
    Bradley Frick & Associates

  • Raja Sundararajan

    Executive Vice President, External Affairs

  • Robert Tannous

    Managing Partner
    Porter Wright

  • Brooke Wagner

    SVP, Merchandise Planning & Allocation
    Designer Brands

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