United Way of Central Florida President Terry Worthington Takes Position with United Way of Florida

664338_10203518424586329_1292368945_oThe 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 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 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 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.

- From the Press Release 


If I may take a moment of personal privilege, I want to thank him for instilling in me the 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. 


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9 Responses to United Way of Central Florida President Terry Worthington Takes Position with United Way of Florida

  1. Bonnie Parker says:

    Polk County is better because of the impact Terry Worthington has made on all of our lives. There is no doubt he will continue his work for the common good of all residents of Florida in his new role with United Way. And on a personal note, I feel privileged to call Terry my friend.

  2. Twanna "T-Fay" Dewdney says:

    Mr. Worthington,
    The warmth of your heart is manifested in your handshake and your smile. Best wishes and congratulations on your promotion.

  3. Greg Littleton says:

    I will always remember and appreciate your selfless devotion to others. Your loyal dedication to and pride in the UWCF showed in everything you did, and certainly made the organization and our community a far better place. Be proud in knowing your fingerprints have been left on everything you’ve touched and the effects will forever be an enrichment to us all. We owe you a debt of gratitude. GOOD LUCK!!!

  4. Howard Beckert says:

    We will miss Terry’s tremendous leadership at our United Way. His tenure at United Way of Central Florida brought so much good to our area. We are fortunate that he will continue to utilize his skill set with the United Way.

  5. Peggy Threlkel says:

    As a non-profit director, you look to others in the field from whom you can learn. I was fortunate to get to know Terry in meetings as well as in conference and event settings. I reflect upon his ability to engage others in meaningful conversations; his ability to positively and effectively represent his organization; and his leadership. Best wishes, Terry. You will be missed by the UWCF community (Polk Highlands, & Hardee).

  6. Cheryl Beckert says:

    Thank you, Terry! Thank you for all you have done for our community and we wish you the best in your new position.

  7. Bob Gernert says:

    Terry you are a tremendous man, humanitarian and friend. Melea and I wish you all the best.

  8. Congratulations on recognition of a job well done!!
    Prayers for your continued success!

  9. Rob Rains says:

    Wishing my friend and colleague Terry Wothington all the best. His leadership will be of great value in serving the United Way movement statewide.

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