Summer is in full swing, and we're all thinking about the great
things that summer brings with it; picnics, Independence Day celebrations, lake
trips, day hikes, vacations and the like.
At Foothills United Way, we're thinking about all those things,
but our main focus is on the fall. Why? Because now is when we begin planning
for the fall workforce giving campaigns that power our annual United Way fund
drive. And now is when we start providing our business and corporate partners
with the tools to make sure their United Way campaign are fun and successful.
To that end, our annual Campaign Best Practices Breakfast is
scheduled for this month. On Thursday, July 18th, at A Spice Of Life Event
Center in Boulder we'll bring together our staff with the corporate volunteers
that run United Way campaigns to share, trade and discuss the best ways to make
a United Way workforce campaign a great experience for everyone.
If you're one of those volunteers - a Campaign Ambassador for your
company, part of a campaign team or committee, or a CEO, HR director, or other
staff member who is new to United Way and wants to learn more, please sign up
for the Best Practices breakfast. It's completely free! In addition to all the
great campaign tips, you'll get a delicious breakfast from A Spice of Life
Catering, Best Practices breakout sessions for more in-depth information, and a
chance to network with other Campaign Ambassadors and team members so you can
reach out to them later for more ideas.
One week ago today was my last day in the Foothills United Way offices. I want to say thank you. It is you, the members of the community, who have allowed me the honor and privilege of serving for 15 years. It has been through your generosity of time, expertise and gifts that, together, we have created opportunities where none existed, provided hope for those in need and changed lives forever.
Thank you for taking the word “community” out of the context of a geographical place and raising it to mean a group of people with common aspirations that inspire others to action on behalf of all. Our community has done this over and over during the last 15 years. Whether it was the generous outpouring during and following the September 11th attacks, the disaster that was named Katrina or the Fourmile Fire right in our own backyard, you helped. You offered your time, opened your homes and each one found the way that he or she could assist in easing others suffering.
Thank you for your vision. Every day you look at what is and work to make reality out of what could be. Without your vision, Day of Caring could not have grown to be ten times the size it was in 1998. You said, “We can make a difference for more people.” And you continue to do it.
Most of all, thank you for caring. Over the last 15 years, I have witnessed almost daily the impact of your individual and collective efforts. Whether it was a small group of young girls who sold lemonade and gave the proceeds to help in the Fourmile recovery or a corporate team who spent a cold, foggy day repairing fences at a camp for children----you cared and you have shown it.
I look forward to continuing to be part of our community and to sharing the challenges and victories with you as we, together, support the work of Foothills United Way.
Barbara Pingrey is the recently retired former president and CEO of Foothills United Way. She continues to work as a community advocate in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
With 24 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and resource development, Yeiser has held key positions advancing the United Way mission throughout the United States and serving as interim senior vice president of resource development for United Way Worldwide. Prior to joining Foothills United Way, he was senior vice president of strategic markets for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
New Foothills United Way President/CEO Doug Yeiser
“The Foothills United Way Board of Directors conducted a national search. Doug Yeiser brings vast experience with United Way programs throughout the United States to benefit Boulder and Broomfield counties,” said Jon Kottke, board chairman. “Our board sought a strong leader to move the organization forward, and Doug’s experience and skills are a good match for our community,” he said.
“I am looking forward to building upon Foothills United Way’s partnership with our community,” said Yeiser. “Foothills United Way offers our neighbors a better opportunity to succeed. We want to improve people’s lives. I am pleased to bring my experience and skills to participate in this community’s important work.”
Yeiser replaces Barbara Pingrey, who retired on March 31. Pingrey served as CEO for 15 years, expanding the organization’s role from funding local health and human service nonprofit organizations to partnering and collaborating with the nonprofit sector. During Pingrey’s term, Foothills United Way established the Nonprofit Cultivation Center, created and managed the Fourmile Fire Recovery project and its successor, Boulder Mountain Resources, partnered with Boulder County to develop the Personal Investment Enterprise Program, a matched savings account program for low-income individuals and families, and re-established the Volunteer Connection of Boulder County as a United Way program.
Yeiser holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, completed the University of Michigan Executive Leadership Program, and has participated in the United Way Academy of Voluntarism. He also co-founded a nonprofit online solution enterprise. He begins his new position on April 8.
Please join us in welcoming Doug to our community!