Author Archives: Bill Kitson

About Bill Kitson

Bill Kitson is president & CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland. He's spent 25 years with United Way in seven different communities, acting as CEO in Champaign County, Illinois; Toledo, Ohio; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Community Conversations: Your most urgent concerns

During the past two years, United Way of Greater Cleveland conducted more than 40 conversations across our community, with more than 400 community members, parents, students and school staff members. We asked specific questions, seeking to discover the most urgent … Continue reading

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Far from dying

Because I spend my days in the center of the Cleveland dichotomy – a city bursting with renewal in many areas while struggling with critical challenges in many others – I kept an open mind as I read a recent … Continue reading

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Great things happen when we LIVE UNITED!

Another successful annual meeting! Every year in early March, we gather with 1,000 of our friends – donors, advocates and volunteers – as the official conclusion to United Way’s annual campaign. The theme this year was “What happens when we … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday, Charitable Giving & Tax Deductions

In true Throwback Thursday fashion, I’m reminiscing about my testimony before Congress, two years ago, to maintain the charitable deduction. Did you know your financial contribution to United Way’s work in education, income and health or another qualified nonprofit organization, … Continue reading

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Our work as a model

At United Way we aspire to create a healthy community where all kids graduate high school and individuals and families are financially stable. Recently, our work in the community has been recognized as a possible model to implement statewide and … Continue reading

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They Make It Look Easy

Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett have encouraged more than 120 other billionaires to take The Giving Pledge – a commitment to donate a majority of their wealth to philanthropy. And just last week, Bill Gates asked his 16 million … Continue reading

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Getting ready for the meeting

Next week (March 7th) is our Annual Meeting. Since we usually have more than 1,000 of our closest friends in the room, there is a high level of anxiety about everything we say and how we say it. But if … Continue reading

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