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Brian Gallagher

By Brian Gallagher

Believing in Something Bigger

05/31/13


Like you, United Ways around the world wrestle every day with issues brought on by rapidly changing economic, political and social environments—issues clearly bigger than any one individual, institution or sector to solve.

United Way has always been in the business of improving lives.  The challenge now is continuing to adapt to the change happening around us and build on what we do best—leveraging our worldwide network to connect philanthropic aspiration with compelling human need, whether it’s a gift from a multinational company or the generosity of an individual. 

But, how do we ensure that the success we’re creating is sustainable?  How do we make our strategies more inclusive?  And, importantly, how do we scale what we know to work to change conditions for all people in all communities?

United Way recently held its worldwide annual conference in Indianapolis to talk about just that.  United Way professionals from 21 countries and across five continents came together to take a deeper look at the issues and strategies both specific to our individual communities and fundamental to our larger interdependence (click on the box above to watch my conference keynote).

What was clear from these discussions was that future success relies on engaging the individual—Millennials, Gen Xers, Boomers, community partners, United Way staff and volunteers alike.  Addressing human need in this environment can start with you.  If you believe in yourself, if you believe in the potential of everyone around you, and if you believe that you’re part of something bigger than yourself, everyone will succeed.

United Way seeks to advance the common good.  We want to create opportunities for all people to have a better life.  That must mean ensuring that all people and institutions are involved.  It means playing your part in a much larger movement.

Of course, it also means United Way needs to play its part and give you ample opportunities to give, advocate and volunteer.  We want to meet you where you are.  So, whether it’s through social media, this website or your local United Way—tell us what interests you, tell us your vision for your community, and tell us how you would like to get involved.

We hope you will join us and look forward to hearing from you.

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