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January 19, 2017
[Fort Collins, Colo.], Jan. 18, 2017 – United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) today announced that the organization’s President and CEO, Gordan Thibedeau, has chosen to retire this September. Thibedeau’s decision will bring a close to a remarkable tenure as CEO, starting in 1998.
The UWLC board of directors will begin a national search in early February and will work closely with UWLC leadership on a transition process over the next six months. Thibedeau will continue with UWLC through August to ensure a smooth transition for his successor. The position will be posted at https://www.uwaylc.org/Careers. Both internal and external candidates will be considered.
“We celebrate Gordan’s many accomplishments," said Paul Mueller, chairman of the board. “The entire Board of Directors extends a hearty thanks for his contributions to our community and the organization. Although he will be missed, the results of Gordan’s work will continue to have impact for many years to come.”
Over three years ago, Thibedeau and his team recognized the process of and interests in corporate and individual giving had evolved beyond United Way’s historic role as the facilitator of large-scale employee giving. Thibedeau acted as change agent in leading UWLC through a comprehensive restructure and new focus. The outcome was UWLC’s adoption of the Collective Impact model.
“This has become our comprehensive approach to reduce poverty as we move from a transactional to transformational organization,” said Thibedeau. “The Collective Impact model lays important groundwork for how we can respond more quickly to the needs of our community. It’s a model that embraces the concept that no single organization is responsible for any major social problem, but through a systemic approach across multiple organizations, success can be achieved.”
The model fosters relationships between organizations to establish shared objectives, while eliminating duplication and inefficiencies. UWLC serves as a backbone, working closely with specific collaborative groups such as Be Ready, Kids on Track, and Working Families Thrive to address the complex needs in the community. During Thibedeau’s leadership, UWLC has had many milestones including:
● Uniting the Fort Collins and Loveland United Way organizations
● Providing leadership and administrative services for The Long Term and Small Business Recovery funds for the fire and floods in 2012 and 2013
● Instrumental in bringing 2-1-1, Information and Referral hotline, to Colorado
● Collaborating with numerous partners and business leaders to create the Murphy Center, that facilitates collaboration among independent agencies serving individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Larimer County
“It's been an honor to serve an organization that is deeply committed to addressing the issues of those most vulnerable in our community,” said Thibedeau. “After almost two decades with United Way, I am pleased to be able to support United Way in the transition to a new generation of leadership.”
United Way of Larimer County helps local children and families succeed in school, work, and life by tackling the source of community challenges to drive change that lasts. We’re building a movement of people and organizations from across Larimer County to solve problems together and create results that help people today and make stronger foundations for tomorrow. Join the movement and be part of the change. There is something for everyone, including opportunities to volunteer, donate, and spread the word. Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED. More information at https://www.uwaylc.org/
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