United Way Loaned Executives Benefit Local Employers and Community Impact

A loaned executive meeting session is pictured. Photo provided.A loaned executive meeting session is pictured. Photo provided.

By:  Allison Gregory–

Muncie, IN During United Way of Delaware County’s 2017 Campaign, Muncie employers are investing in their high-potential employees by lending them to serve and fundraise as Loaned Executives.

The program is designed to provide leadership development and skill-building opportunities for participating employers and employees. This year, acting Loaned Executives are engaging with local business leaders in the following interactive workshops: United Way and Community Need Overview with United Way President and CEO Jenni Marsh, Power of Purpose with Ball State Innovation Corporation President Wil Davis, and Public Speaking 101 and Time Management with Ontario Systems Director of Training Shannon Stroud.

Several professionals from companies throughout our community have agreed to participate as Loaned Executives during this year’s campaign. Thank you to the following individuals and employers who have dedicated this time and talent to UWDC’s 2017 mission:

  • Reed Levitz, Business Banker – Mutual Bank
  • Chad Shelley, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking – Mutual Bank
  • Kate Elliott, Instructor of Journalism – Ball State University
  • Kristen McCauliff, Acting Assistant Provost, Associate Professor, Department of Communications Studies – Ball State University
  • Melinda Messineo, Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Interim Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity – Ball State University
  • Andy Beane, Associate Professor of Art, School of Art – Ball State University
  • Erin Brooks, Treasury Management Officer – First Merchants Bank
  • Kyle Schmidt, Financial Advisor – Baize Financial
  • Eric Horst, Senior Consultant – Ontario Systems
  • Brian Ramsey, Applications Analyst – First Merchants Bank
  • Lori Byers , Associate Dean, College of Communication, Information, and Media, Ball State University 

Loaned Executives gain transferrable skills, such as presenting elevator pitches, engaging with community guests at United Way events, and maintaining in-person and phone relationships with donors. The Loaned Executives also learn about community needs, expanding their networks of business contacts by connecting with health and human service programs throughout Delaware County.

When local companies invest in United Way Loaned Executives, their internal team is strengthened, and UWDC’s message can be more effectively shared throughout workplaces in Delaware County. As participating professionals are placed into fundraising, ambassador, and stewardship roles, their personal development and skills reflect on the Muncie community. In doing so, their generous gift of time and energy multiplies campaign impact, while allowing UWDC to reduce administrative costs.

“Each year, community-minded employers lend key, high-potential personnel to United Way of Delaware County to serve as fundraisers during its annual campaign,” explained Casey Stanley, 2017 Campaign Chair. “The Loaned Executives’ generous gifts of time and energy keep campaign administrative costs to a minimum, so campaign contribution can be invested in improving thousands of lives each day in our community. In return, we ensure the experience provides value to employers and employees through a broadened network of business contacts and outstanding curriculum.”

United Way has announced its $1.2 million 2017 campaign goal, and now is a critical time to invest in the professional and philanthropic development of upcoming leaders in Delaware County. To learn more about this year’s campaign goal and objectives, visit InvitedToLiveUnited.org/campaign.


About United Way of Delaware County

United Way of Delaware County, Indiana engages the community to improve lives by focusing resources on education, health, and financial stability. The nonprofit fights to create lasting change in community conditions. As the sponsoring organization for the community’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, United Way works to help children read at or above grade level by the end of their third-grade year. It is during this critical time that children transition from learning how to read, into readers who learn from what they have read. United Way strategically invests in local programs that provide services that contribute to children’s success with reading and ultimately aim to end generational poverty in Delaware County. Learn more at www.InvitedToLiveUnited.org.