The United Way of Central Florida announced today 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 Floridaâ€™s 32 local United Ways.
Ted Granger, President of the United Way of Florida commented that, â€œTerry 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.â€
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 28 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 Worldwideâ€™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, â€œIt 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.â€
While United Way of Florida is headquartered in Tallahassee, Worthington will serve the State from Central Florida.
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If I may take a moment of personal privilege, I want to thank him for instilling in me theÂ importance of caring about your neighbors, your community, complete strangers and just about any person that touches your life. You taught us that it’s our privilege and our duty to leave this earth better than when we arrived. The Polk, Hardee and Highlands County communities are better because of your hard work, your staff and all that the United Way of Central Florida does to improve the education, income and health of this wonderful place we call home. Lived United. Good luck on this next chapter, Dad.Â