What does it take to run the successful non-profit?
The United Way Winnipeg was formed in 1965 to help serve the community via multiple programs and efforts. In that first year, they raised $2.3M in support of these programs, and over the years they’ve expanded with enormous success to help even more people.
In 2014 the United Way Winnipeg raised over $20M and with assistance from over 5,000 volunteers, they’ve provided incredible benefits to Winnipegers in need.
Connie Walker, CEO of the United Way Winnipeg, sat down to chat with us about her view on leadership and what it takes to run the organization day-to-day. It’s a big job with a lot of responsibility, and she tells us that “treating people as people” is one of her secrets to success.
Great advice, as the United Way Winnipeg reaches out to assist thousands of people in need every year. According to their website, the estimated figures below are some of the people who benefit from their programs—and the numbers are outstanding.
- Provided 94,700 children and youth with a safe place to go outside of school hours.
- Enabled 124,800 Winnipeggers living with physical and intellectual to access support and services that enhance independence and quality of life.
- Provided 32,800 Winnipeggers impacted by violence, abuse and trauma with crisis intervention.
- Eased the daunting transition to an entirely new life in Winnipeg for an estimated 8800 newcomers and refugees.
- Helped 39,900 seniors remain independent.
- Paved the way to permanent employment and greater financial stability for an estimated 3100 Winnipeggers.
Get to know a little more about Connie Walker, CEO of United Way Winnipeg. See what makes her a successful leader and learn her philosophy on having such a pivotal role in business and the community.
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