Written by Debbie Hall and photography by Nick ColetsosOriginally from Buffalo, New York, according to Morgan, he is a reformed for-profit executive. He was senior director of business development and marketing for one of New York’s largest commercial construction firms, founder and CEO of a regional web application development firm and product manager for a large publicly traded printing corporation.
Morgan started eight years ago at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. As CEO, he was a part of a turnaround of the organization. After enduring 10 years with declining revenue, United Way in Buffalo is now a highly successful organization, with six consecutive years of campaign growth.
As for changing his career field, Morgan explained that he changed his focus when he realized that he wanted to make a difference and help others through his career. “I have five kids, and when the oldest became aware enough to ask about what I did at work, it began to make me think about my career differently. I made a sales call on an amazing little organization called Child and Family Service of Niagara, and I was floored by their compassion and commitment to helping families. That was another experience that just made me ask myself, what am I really doing with my career, and what is my contribution?”
Along with experience, he brings education, including an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and he studied Performance Measurement for Nonprofits at the Harvard Kennedy School and Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business through executive programs. This year, Morgan participated in United Way Worldwide’s Advanced Leadership Program.
“I can think of no better way of creating change than bringing Southern Nevadans together to join the movement, capture the momentum and move our community to new heights.”
As for his goals, “I can think of no better way of creating change than bringing Southern Nevadans together to join the movement, capture the momentum and move our community to new heights,” he said. “I have to tell you I’ve never felt more welcomed. I am struck by all of the passionate advocates that I have met who want to help our community succeed. This is a place where people are open to new ideas and want to work together to create greater outcomes. And I love that it hasn’t snowed once since I got here.”
His primary goal is to strengthen United Way to be a powerful catalyst for positive change in our community. Its focus will be on collective impact, collaborating and actively engaging the community to create measurable, sustainable change. The strength of United Way of Southern Nevada is the collective impact of over 300 companies, hundreds of nonprofit agencies, 6,500 volunteers and 21,000 donors joining together to tackle the issues that the community cares about the most.
“The beginning years are critical for learning, yet Nevada ranks last in the nation in preschool enrollment. I’m excited about United Way’s focus on early education and the grant funding we recently received to increase early education opportunities,” he added.
The people of the community can get involved by volunteering or by making a financial contribution. United Way connects people to volunteer opportunities throughout our community, and runs an employee giving campaign with over 300 employers in the valley. If a company runs a United Way campaign, a tax-deductible gift to the community is taken directly out as a payroll deduction. It’s an easy way to make a real difference, even if giving just a dollar a week.
For more information about United Way, volunteering or workplace giving, call 702.892.2300 or visit uwsn.org.