2023 2024 Campaign Cabinet Chart

Campaign season is underway – a time when we celebrate our impact together and recommit to investing in building stronger, more equitable communities. This critical work wouldn’t be possible without our generous corporate partners, donors, and volunteers who give of their time, talent, and treasure each year.

Our 2023/2024 Campaign Cabinet members are leading the charge on workplace giving. These dedicated volunteers are passionate about United Way of Metro Chicago’s mission – and energizing their colleagues to join them as we work together to create a Chicago region where all people can thrive.

We connected with a few of our Campaign Cabinet members who shared what motivates them to volunteer and give through United Way. And their hopes for the 2023/2024 Campaign year.

 

David Blowers
Dave Blowers, Vice Chairman, Northern Trust
United Way of Metro Chicago 2023/2024 Campaign Chair

“Northern Trust has a special culture of giving, one that prides itself on viewing its people as partners and having a strong commitment to the communities where we live and work. Since I’ve been with the firm, for 41 years, I’ve donated to United Way of Metro Chicago through our employee giving campaign. I’ve also served on the United Way Board of Directors and helped drive high-impact work through the Tocqueville Committee.”

“[As Campaign Chair], it is such an honor for me to serve in a role that has been held by so many impressive Chicago leaders, including my own colleagues, David Fox, Bill Osborn, and Rick Waddell. I am also so very appreciative of the many volunteers giving of their time, talent, and treasure to United Way.”

“I love what United Way represents as a convener across our city and in our neighborhoods. Chicago has always been known as the ‘city that works’ because of our tradition of strong collaboration across the public and private sectors, along with our incredibly generous philanthropic community. In my mind, it’s time to get back to that basic formula.”

“Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to see our community from many different perspectives. And there has been no time more than now where the good work and leadership of United Way has been more needed.”

 

Polly Eldringhoff
Polly Melton Eldringhoff, Vice President – Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
United Way of Metro Chicago 2023/2024 Campaign Cabinet Vice Chair, Corporate

“Working with United Way aligns with my interest in being an active member of the community. My parents instilled in me civic responsibility and the importance of helping others. At Peoples Gas, my work as an auditor led to becoming a program auditor with United Way, helping ensure the organization used its resources efficiently. Later, I began serving on the company’s charitable contributions committee, and when I worked for North Shore Gas – Peoples Gas’ sister company – I served on the advisory committee of United Way Lake County.”

“I’ve had a lot of exposure to United Way. I’ve seen how its programs impact communities for the better. So when, three years ago, the opportunity arose to be part of the Campaign Cabinet, it was a natural step. I could become part of the effort to get more people involved in the important work. My current role at Peoples Gas includes leading our charitable giving program. So it’s helpful to bring that perspective to the Cabinet as well.”

“I’m excited by how United Way enhances communities from the inside out, building on the strengths and skills of people who know the neighborhoods best, because they live and work there. It’s a winning model. So I look forward to working toward applying it in new places and ways. I’m excited to show more people the depth of the impact of the work – to open their eyes to that and to the joys of being part of it.”

 

Lorenza Taylor
Lorenza Taylor, Vice President, Commercial Banker, Professional Services Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
United Way of Metro Chicago 2023/2024 Campaign Cabinet Member

“I grew up in Memphis and was first was exposed to United Way as a youth volunteer, representing my high school at local events with United Way. So when I was recently looking for a way to diversify my board experience, it was important to me to help people who are experiencing poverty and who are disenfranchised. Joining United Way of Metro Chicago’s Campaign Cabinet is the perfect way to do that.”

“I feel strongly about helping those who are disenfranchised. Advancing racial equity is very important to me. I want to make sure our neighborhoods have the support they need. Two United Way initiatives that are having an impact in those areas are 211 Metro Chicago and the United Neighborhoods Equity Fund, getting people the health and social service resources they need and investing in small organizations led by people of color.”

“This is my second year serving on the Campaign Cabinet. After a year of learning, I’m excited to hit the ground running and boldly support what we’re doing as an organization. I bring my ability to network and connect United Way with other companies, particularly in the professional services space where I work, to encourage them to get involved. An important goal for me is identifying new corporate partners and donors who believe in United Way’s mission and in building more equitable neighborhoods.”

 

Thank you to all our Campaign Cabinet members for their leadership and commitment. Throughout the 2023/2024 Campaign season, we look forward to working together to ensure every child has better access to quality education, communities are safer, our neighbors are healthier, incomes increase, and our region prospers.

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