A Message From Our CEO | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

A Message From Our CEO

As our fiscal year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for your support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Together, we’ve been able to make a lasting impact on the lives of more than one million North Texans by investing in initiatives to strengthen education, income and health.

I’d like to take a moment to share how we’ve responded to community needs presented by the coronavirus pandemic, and where we are headed, particularly as issues of systemic racism and racial inequity have joined COVID-19 as acute issues for individuals, businesses and municipal leaders.


When the pandemic disrupted North Texas, it left many underserved communities even more vulnerable. Government and health officials focused on critical economic and public health issues, but the magnitude of the disaster left many needs unmet for neighbors facing sudden unemployment and children requiring at-home schooling. Our team worked quickly to assess community needs and, with generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals, raised over $12 million to address immediate needs and long-term recovery and rebuilding. To date, we have distributed more than $3.9 million to 308 organizations, providing immediate relief to 1.4 million residents—nearly 20% of the region’s population. We know that the needs will continue in the months and years to come. Moving forward, we have no plans to let up.

In addition, United Way quickly recognized the power in collaboration, and thus led the formation of North Texas Cares in partnership with The Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation. Our leadership was a catalyst for a combined $35.6 million in donations by North Texas Cares funders to support COVID response.


While we were laser focused on addressing immediate and critical COVID challenges, we kept hold of our aspiration for the future. For almost two years, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has engaged a broad array of community partners* to help develop an interconnected set of goals in education, income and health for North Texas and soon will be implementing the plan. Importantly, the principles and action will drive change through a racial equity lens:


All North Texans, regardless of race or zip code, have the opportunity and access to achieve their full potential.


To reimagine and build a better future, we’ll look beyond the symptoms to the root causes of systemic challenges that prevent people and communities of color from thriving.

We are thrilled to announce that Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will be on hand to lead the public launch of our Aspire United 2030 goals this Fall.

In the meantime, I invite you to learn more, get involved, and stay connected. I’m confident that united, we can drive transformative change in our community.


We are incredibly fortunate that United Way consistently attracts an extraordinary group of dedicated and smart individuals who donate time and talent to our organization, and our volunteer Boards of Directors play an important role in supporting our initiatives to drive lasting change across the community.

As we begin our next fiscal year, we extend warm congratulations and gratitude to 2019-2020 Campaign Co-Chairs, Karen and Tom Falk, former executive chairman Kimberly-Clark, and Board Chairs Jason Downing, Vice-Chair Deloitte US, and Clint McDonnough, retired Managing Partner EY Dallas. Their commitment and hard work positioned us well. They have handed the reins to our 2020-2021 Campaign Chair, Anne Chow, CEO AT&T Business, and Board Chairs Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer AT&T, and Terri West, retired Senior VP, Communications and Investor Relations, Texas Instruments. Their leadership will continue to build on a foundation of strength to carry United Way well into the next decade.

I’d like to close by thanking you for your unwavering support of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and invite your continued advocacy as we drive a transformational impact in education, income and health–the building blocks of opportunity for North Texas. When we Live United, we weather the unknown and change lives for the better. The importance of donors and supporters like you cannot be overstated.

With deep appreciation,

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McDermott-Templeton president and CEO
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

*We are grateful for our many community partners who have provided incredibly valuable input and guidance to date for the development of Aspire United 2030:

Aspire United 2020 Goals Key Partners

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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans. Working with our determined supporters, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. We invite all change-seekers in our community to Live United to achieve lasting results right here at home.

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This article was published on: Jul 15, 2020