Letter from Our CEO

Dear Friends,

Thank you for taking time to visit our website and learn more about how United Way of Central Kentucky is working to connect our community for the common good.  As someone who has worked in the field of nonprofit programming firsthand, I understand the many challenges facing our children and families as we give them the “hand up” they need to be successful in life.  Our community is lucky to have leaders like you who provide the passion, resources, and expertise needed to achieve lasting change.

Over the past four years, many of you have watched United Way of Central Kentucky evolve from its roots as a fundraising organization to a community convener that mobilizes businesses, organizations, community leaders, public officials, and local residents to expand opportunities for people to succeed.  Whether you have attended our Community Conversations, Focus Groups, or issue-based Summits, thank you for lending your voice to this important listening process as UWCK works to implement our community’s agenda for change.

The most remarkable issue that we heard time and again as a result of these efforts was the outcry regarding the core problem of poverty.  Our community believes that it is unacceptable for 1 in 6 local individuals- including 1 in 4 children- to be trapped in cycles of poverty that keep them from being productive members of our society.  This reality compelled UWCK to action as we put in place a range of measures to not only meet immediate needs, but address the root causes of poverty head on.  We are especially grateful for the vision of our Board leadership, nonprofit partners, committees, and to our volunteer Education and Financial Stability Impact Councils for their guidance during this process. These community members helped us develop a new Measurement Framework to better focus our collective efforts and more effectively gauge funded program results on the level that matters most- how many lives were changed as a result.

We hope you will join us as we deploy a range of resources- including funding, volunteer time and talent, and nonprofit expertise- to strengthen our community’s ability to respond to the complex challenge of poverty.   As long as there is even one child who worries about where their next meal will come from when they aren’t being fed at school, who starts out kindergarten already behind, or who lacks the support of a role model who encourages them to achieve greater things, United Way will be calling upon each of you to partner with us in setting the higher standard our community deserves.  Thank you for all you have done and we look forward to working alongside you in the future.
Best regards,
Megan Stith, President & CEO