By Mindy Hedley
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”- Martin Luther King
I love this quote and it has been my adult life’s guiding principal.
Thirty years ago, Winston Faircloth asked me to join the Resource Development team at Metro United Way in Louisville, KY. I was blessed to learn from Winston and other team members the best practices in donor development.
I remained there for the next sixteen campaigns, assuming various roles and ultimately serving as the campaign director.
One of my specialties in the realm of donor development was focused on training our volunteer army to be more effective United Way ambassadors. This includes campaign cabinet leaders, loaned executives, employee coordinators and agency representatives.
The window on the world Metro United Way showed me ignited my passion – serving others. I was proud to be part of a team that raised over $200 million during my time at Metro United Way, allowing us to fund 100 agency partners to make a difference in the lives of one out of three Louisvillians.
After leaving Metro United Way in 2001, I worked for a local non-profit, The Cabbage Patch. I have also consulted with our local American Red Cross chapter and other non-profits, specializing in training them on best practices in fundraising, board member training and board development.
In the fall of 2015, Winston reached out to me and shared his vision for Winsightz.
I find in Winston an intelligent, generous, creative leader. He was my first supervisor and mentor, and I jumped at the chance to work with him again.
When Logan McCulloch joined the team, it felt like we had a full complement. Logan’s insights on analysis, his determination and perseverance are inspiring.
Amanda Boze is a wealth of information and always equipping our team with the right tools and support.
How fitting that, after all these years, I get to continue working on my life’s guiding principles with colleagues, friends and a mission to help others.