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2019 Celebration: Awards

It is no small thing to do a kindness for another. Each of you in this room has done this time and time again. You’ve made your own gifts of time and treasure and you’ve invited others to join you. 
 
Today we have the privilege of sharing our thanks to a few of the many amazing people and companies we get to spend time with during the year.
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United Way and the Community Foundation of WNC

As time passes, and staff members change, the origin stories of organizations can sometimes become more faint, even forgotten. This is not the case for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. As active present day partners, our two organizations share a dedication to our community and a lasting and intertwined history. 

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As We Step Into 2019

Friends,
 
I hope you will indulge me the opportunity to share a more personal message as we close out this year and charge headlong into 2019. 
 

Transitions

A few months ago, I quietly announced that I will be retiring effective May 1, 2019. After a 33 year career with local United Ways, 22 of those years here in Asheville and Buncombe County, it’s a bittersweet moment. But, I’m ready to hang up my jacket and tie and replace them with a fly fishing rod and a box of flies!
 

The Work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“Increase our diversity and equity knowledge to strengthen our behaviors, practices and values.”
 
This statement is one of the thirteen objectives you will find in our recently approved, three-year strategic plan that will guide our work in 2018-20.
 

Learning and Taking Action

What our DEI plan will look like in practice is still being developed by both our staff and our board. Among the activities that have already begun or are about to include:

As we look ahead to 2018

At this time of year, resolutions are everywhere. Setting goals is important, but the true key to success is to also create a plan. Just like you, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is committed to success. We are just a few days away from January 1. Which means our organization is wrapping up a 3-year strategic plan and will begin implementing our 2018-2020 plan next week.

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