Leadership Ledger Letters

Some editions of the Leadership Ledger will include letters and updates from various individuals associated with the Leadership Circle.



For the past three years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many of you as members of the United Way Leadership Circle. Your generosity and eagerness to engage has been truly special. I am excited to share that as of July 1, 2021, I have transitioned to the role of Director of Major Gifts and we are welcoming a new Manager of Leadership Giving, Heather Farber. Heather comes to us with lots of Richmond nonprofit experience, most recently Greater Richmond SCAN, and a passion for giving donors and volunteers opportunities to meaningfully engage in our community.

I hope you’ll join us for our Fall Leadership Reception at Blue Bee Cider and get a chance to meet her for yourself. Feel free to send Heather an email greeting at farberh@yourunitedway.org. We both look forward to continuing to share United Way’s work with our committed donors!

Regards,

Samantha McCabe
Director of Major Gifts
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

I hope your 2021 is off to a good start. Here at your local United Way, we are optimistic about the months ahead but we know our community will continue to grapple with many of the same challenges it faced in 2020.

Because of the continued support from Leadership Circle members like you, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg stands ready to meet these challenges head-on. Keep reading to learn about our Equity Data Series, which helps us understand the impact of the pandemic on underserved communities, and Ready4K, a new United Way program that uses text messaging to equip families with tips to reinforce learning during this difficult and unprecedented school year.

And the year is just getting started. There is much more to come. Next week, our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will begin providing free tax assistance to low- and moderate-income families in our area. As in 2020, this program will offer both virtual and socially-distant, in-person preparation options.

Thanks, as always, for standing with us and helping us serve the community during this difficult time.

Regards,

James L. M. Taylor
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg


2020 continues to be a challenging year for our entire community. Nonprofits across the region are working hard to deliver critical services in a safe and healthy manner while simultaneously adapting to meet the evolving needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation here at your local United Way is no different. Despite the challenges, we have accomplished some terrific things this year and together we have opportunities to shape the future of our region in ways that benefit everyone. As we head into the fall – United Way’s traditional workplace fundraising campaign season – I am pleased to share some recent news and updates below. The Leadership Ledger is an excellent opportunity for me to thank you for your continued contributions to our organization. Your gift powers the work below and much more.

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. On behalf of the entire United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg team, thank you for your continued support.

Regards,

James L. M. Taylor
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg


Here at your local United Way, the problems we work to solve are more pressing than ever. We know the risks of social isolation. We know how a sudden job loss can put housing and food access in jeopardy. And we know the downsides of students not having daily access to a classroom environment.

But we also know what happens when we work together. I am proud of the steps we have taken to help the organizations, individuals and families who are most affected by the current crisis. We have launched new partnerships. We have taken critical programs online. And we are sharing important information to help people navigate these uncertain waters.

I believe our region will make it through this current crisis. But we need your continued support—now more than ever. Thank you for standing with your local United Way.

Regards,

James L. M. Taylor
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg

As springtime approaches, I look forward to another season here at United Way – one in which we continue to find opportunities to share with you the ripple effects of your generosity. Getting to meet and interact with donors like you who care about and are investing in our community is a true privilege of my day-to-day work. Thank you for allowing me that opportunity by being a member of our Leadership Circle.

We have an exciting slate of events lined up this spring and summer to keep the momentum going – from our Women United social in March to our Steps to Success awards breakfast in June. I hope you will join us to celebrate what we have accomplished together this year. However, if you are unable to attend, I am always available for a one-on-one meeting to provide more updates on the value of your gift and to hear more about your philanthropic passions and priorities.

As always, please reach out with any questions related to your gift and our work.

Regards,

Wondering about the new name? I had a pretty big celebration over the weekend and your Leadership Ledger and other Leadership Circle communications will now come from Samantha McCabe.

Be sure to add mccabes@yourunitedway.org to your contact list so that you receive my emails!