Jim Donnelly challenged the United Way of Logan County to raise a total of $700,000 before he steps down as executive director at the end of this year.
Donnelly announced his decision to retire earlier this week. He will have served two years as director in December.
On his way out, he called for the United Way of Logan County to shoot for an additional $37,000 in contributions, improving from $663,000 in 2012 to an even $700K this year.
Donnelly oversaw a spate of improvements at the UWLC during his tenure, including revising and updating both the Personnel Policy Manual and Code of Regulations, updating the budgeting and P&L reporting with Excel spreadsheets, adding a finance committee, which is new for the UWLC, and many other accomplishments.
While acknowledging that it was not his decision to make, in his letter of resignation Donnelly encouraged the Board of Trustees to search for a “full-time” candidate to replace him, one who has 10 to 15 years to devote to heading the agency.
In an email to WPKO, United Way Board Chair Mike Mullins said “Jim will be difficult to replace, but we are fortunate to have benefited from his many skills and talents. The (UWLC) has grown and prospered as a direct result of Jim’s leadership.”