A New Generation of Leadership

Fifteen years ago, I formally joined the Upic Solutions team as the first consultant/employee of an emerging technology collaboration between several regional United Ways. Our goal was to see if we could expand the successful back-office project between two United Way organizations into a regional one. United Ways were then ill prepared to provide electronic pledge processing with new commercial providers beginning to enter the market, backed by millions of dollars of venture capital. Today, Upic provides information/technology services on a national scale to over 20% of United Way team members coast to coast. We provide a wide variety of both transactional and strategic technology services, pioneering innovation across United Ways large and small. I am proud to have contributed to the formation and building of Upic into the United Way’s largest and most trusted technology partner over the past fifteen years. Last summer, I began to engage the Upic board in a discussion about CEO succession, with a goal of reaching a decision by my 55th birthday in March 2015. As a career United Way team member since 1982, I have become increasingly concerned about the future of our movement. And while we are doing essential IT services here at Upic, I have felt compelled to explore new ways to help address structural and systemic challenges facing both our United Way network and individual United Ways. As one stark example, in just the past six years United Ways have lost 30% of our national donor base (12.2M US donors in 2006 to 8.7M in 2013). I believe I have a unique set of experiences as a former United...