“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas was the unanimous choice”
David Biegler, Former ENSERCH CEO
United Way Foundation Board Member Emeritus Director
Rabin also made a second gift to the campaign in honor of his late wife, Barbara, to create the Barbara Rabin Memorial Endowed Fund. He shared one of Barbara’s signature sentiments, which she often shared with family and all who knew her: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
This nice gift in her honor will drive measurable change across North Texas for future generations.
“This is a very sound campaign,” said Nye, who was also an early contributor to Unite Forever and then went on to make a second gift — more recently, after visiting with Sampson. “We have a sound basis for raising money so that the organization will have a sound base of assets for years to come.”
Both Nye and TXU have faithfully supported United Way for more than half a century. And Nye’s influence continues today as Jim Burke, president and CFO of now parent company Vistra, takes the helm as CEO later this year. Vistra’s culture of corporate giving is rooted in the strong tradition at TXU — where many employees give back, volunteer, and provide support through payroll deduction. The company is one of United Way’s top annual campaign contributors.
“Like me, Jim made a career in the TXU system, and I’m pleased that he is taking the helm,” said Nye. “I am delighted to know that he will carry the torch of support for United Way forward. Not only is he a wonderful businessman, but he is also fine, decent, high-character person.”
Burke, who also serves on the United Way Foundation Board, is an instrumental, guiding voice for Vistra’s continued commitment to United Way. He and his wife, Marti, support United Way annually and are major contributors to Unite Forever.
“We are excited to support United Way and know this gift will help strengthen a generation after ours, just as Erle Nye and many company leaders have done for decades,” said Burke. “Jennifer and her leadership team are setting United Way up for the long-term, and we want to be a part of that legacy. The show of support from others who feel the same way speaks for itself.”
“I am not at all surprised by the response to Unite Forever,” added Nye, “because for thoughtful, philanthropic people – and there are a lot them in Dallas – the collective idea of dispersing funds in an efficient fashion to support the community in its growth, development, and prosperity just makes sense. People understand that having a Foundation that generates a certain amount of income each year is a sound business practice and is a good use of philanthropic funds.”
In the days ahead, we will share stories of others whose leadership giving demonstrates their belief in “uniting forever.” Their investments to build the Foundation’s endowment are already yielding growth and increased capacity to create life-changing impact across North Texas.
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