Terry Worthington, President, UWCF
The United Way of Central Florida announces the departure of President Terry Worthington. Worthington has accepted the position of Executive Vice President, United Way of Florida. In this role, Worthington will share 28 years of United Way experience with Florida’s 32 local United Ways.
Ted Granger, President of the United Way of Florida commented that, “Terry is universally respected by people throughout the world-wide United Way network. He has built strong relationships with donors, community leaders and social service organizations on a foundation of honesty and unparalleled integrity. He will be an invaluable asset to our organization and to our State.”
Worthington began his career at United Way of Central Florida in 1987 as a Campaign Associate. He was quickly promoted to Campaign Director and then to Vice President of Campaign. He continued his career as Associate Executive Director at the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and the United Way of Middle Tennessee as Vice President of Resource Development. In 1996, after a nationwide search, Worthington was selected as President of the United Way of Central Florida.
During his 27 year career, Worthington was directly responsible for raising nearly a quarter billion dollars. His tenure as President has seen the Central Florida Campaign grow from $5 million to $9 million dollars, providing funding to over 100 programs. Beyond fund raising, the United Way of Central Florida emphasizes a focus on social service programs and partnerships that make a measurable difference in the lives of local people.
In 2014, the United Way of Central Florida earned a 97.2 rating on United Way Worldwide’s Business Performance Index, placing it near the top of the 1,400 United Ways Worldwide. The organization is recognized as a Four Star (highest ranking) Non-Profit by Charity Navigator.
On his departure Worthington states, “It has been an honor to serve Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties for the last 18 years. I am proud of what the volunteers and staff working together have been able to accomplish. We are a grassroots organization funded by hard working individuals that come together to make an impact in our communities.”While United Way of Florida is headquartered in Tallahassee, Worthington will serve the State from Central Florida.
The UWCF Executive Committee will appoint a Search Committee to conduct a nationwide search of qualified candidates for Worthington’s replacement.
About United Way of Central Florida
A philanthropy leader locally and regionally, United Way of Central Florida understands local needs and drives sustainable change to build better lives and stronger communities. We focus in the areas of education, income and health because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. We bring people and organizations together from all across the community –people with the passion and expertise to get things done. United Way leads and works collectively on solutions to our most pressing community needs.