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D-Day Reflections

The 70th anniversary of D-Day is an opportunity to reflect on the spirit of collaboration that rebuilt Europe after the war. Today, a renewed commitment to that spirit of collaboration is needed to advance the common good and create more opportunity for all.

Join the Discussion at the Freedom and Solidarity Forum

During the week of June 1-7, United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher spent the week at the Freedom and Solidarity Forum in Caen, France for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. He joined with thought leaders and world leaders alike, to discuss the future of transatlantic cooperation, including the nonprofit sector. Below is a social media recap of the week's events.

Five Reasons Volunteer Mentors Matter

As we celebrate “National Volunteer Week” and lift up the nearly 11 million volunteers across the United Way network, I wanted to acknowledge one form of leadership that’s essential to creating the kind of lasting change we seek for our communities—the volunteer mentor.

Individualism or the Common Good?  We need both.

The economic narrative is changing. Growth and recovery have been joined with talk of sustainability, inclusive success, and concerns about rising income and wealth disparities. Working towards the common good is becoming a norm.

Dream Big.  Anything is Possible.

This is often the time that folks give pause and think about the well-being of others. As we do, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on our own role in community and what might be possible if we think big and look beyond what we once thought we might accomplish.

Reflections on Mandela

As we reflect on the loss of Nelson Mandela, I can’t help but consider the entirety of his life’s journey and influence. Few people leave a legacy as rich in lessons and timeless in their approach.

Normative Change at an Historic Scale

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting of the New Champions or “Summer Davos” starts next week in Dalian, China. I look forward to it every year. Discussions are always insightful and productive, but it’s the theme of new leadership that I really enjoy.

A Troubling Issue Too Few Are Talking About

There are moments that give you pause and make you look at the world you thought you knew differently.  For me, one came late last year while attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting.

Commit to Common Good Ideas

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians are taking to the streets to protest government spending. The protests are about the billions being spent on soccer stadiums and other projects in preparation to host the World Cup and Summer Olympics, instead of on education, health care, or job training.

Believing in Something Bigger

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.