The honor of my life: 17 years of service
A farewell from our Executive Vice President of Donor Relations
United Way has been a part of my life since I was 24 years old or 20 years ago. Seventeen of those years have been spent serving the people of this community. So before I go, I want to share some thoughts.
I have been very fortunate to have served as a member of the Senior Team of this organization for most of my 17 years. In that role I have played a part in most of the advancements that United Way has been through over the last two decades.
- Women in Philanthropy: I was personally involved in the creation of this program and have been delighted with its growth over the years.
- Emerging Leaders: My team created this program and I look forward to its ongoing development.
- Tocqueville Program (10K plus donors): Although this program is small, it was nonexistent before I made the first ask back in the mid-nineties. Since then, the team has made continued advancement.
- Impact Funding: I have seen Impact evolve from agency allocation to grant funding to Impact funding. Impact is the key factor in the continued evolution of United Way.
Most of my time over the last 17 years has been spent in one form or another in fundraising. The last 16 campaigns have generated more than $210 million dollars. The last two years have been exceptionally difficult with the turn of the economy and we are optimistic that we will see positive results for the first time in two years for the current campaign.
Throughout my career many have influenced my life, there are few who have made a significant impact on the person that I am today and I would like to take a moment to mention them.
- Susan Cotton, she is my mentor and friend. She had faith and confidence in me and I will always be indebted to her. I truly believe that I am the person I am today because of her caring spirit.
- Rick Blumenfeld, he has taught me not to be afraid to stand up for what I believe in. He has always provided great advice and council.
- Pam Stewart, she has taught me the true essence of being a volunteer. As I transition from staff to volunteer, I hope that a little of her has rubbed off on me.
- Mark Hoag, he has taught me how to deal with difficult situations with decorum and dignity. He also instilled in me what a great leader should be.
- My Team, (both past and present), without their support, hard work and dedication I could not have accomplished all that I have.
It’s been the honor of my life to work for such an amazing organization. I will ever be grateful for the opportunity United Way has given me to serve this community. I have grown both personally and professionally because of the opportunities that have been given to me.
People ask how I feel about leaving, and the fact is, “parting is such sweet sorrow.” The sweet part is spending more time with my daughter and husband. The sorrow–the goodbyes, of course, and leaving this amazing organization that runs through my veins.
I leave you with a poem by an unknown author.
Goodbyes are not forever.
Goodbyes are not the end.
They simply mean I’ll miss you.
Until we meet again!
Katie Weber has worked at United Way California Capital Region for 17 years and currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Donor Relations. She will be missed as she signs off at the end of this year.