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:

  • Dan Crane – Chair

    Financial Director
    Crane Group

  • Barbara Benham – Past Chair

    Executive Vice President
    Chief Public Affairs Officer
    Huntington Bancshares Inc.

  • Derrick Antwi, CPA

    AVP, Business and Finance
    Capital University

  • Tal Bendor

    Vice President, Strategy Manager Americas
    Swiss Re Americas

  • Mark Bidstrup

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Hexion Inc.

  • Melody Birmingham

    Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

  • Jeff Carper

    Chief Operations Officer
    White Castle Management Co.

  • Duane Casares

    Chief Executive Officer
    Directions for Youth & Families Inc.

  • Rachel Caviness – Treasurer

    National Director of Business Development Private Client and Family Office Services

  • Hope Cotter

    Vice President of Marketing & Communications
    Columbus Chamber of Commerce

  • Mark Fluharty

    Executive Director
    Central Ohio AFL-CIO

  • Jeremy Gutierrez

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

  • Michael Irving

    United Way of Union County
    Manufacturing & Quality Team Leader

  • David Lee

    President, OhioHealthy Medical Plan
    Vice President, OhioHealth Employer Solutions

  • Adam Lewin

    Hamilton Parker Company

  • Peter Lore

    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

  • Kenny McDonald

    President and CEO
    Columbus Partnership

  • Azure’D Metoyer

    Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • Bill McGee

    Senior Vice President and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
    Encova Insurance

  • 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

  • Ryan Schmiesing

    Senior Vice Provost for External Engagement
    The Ohio State University

  • Robert Tannous

    Managing Partner
    Porter Wright

  • Sharee Wells

    Whitehall City Schools

  • Morgan Williams (PDPL Board Fellow)

    Program Manager
    RAMA Consulting

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