We are thrilled for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as it welcomes Leah Ray, a nonprofit leader with significant fundraising and relationship building experience, as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Resource Development. We are honored to have partnered with United Way on this successful search.
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is part of the United Way Worldwide network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, UWMC serves the six county metropolitan region, radiating from city to the north and northwest suburbs, the western suburbs and the south and southwest suburbs. Leah Ray will oversee United Way’s corporate development, individual giving and major gifts fundraising efforts as well as the organization’s grants and volunteer services functions.
Ray joins United Way from Feeding America where she most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Development. She previously held the roles of the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Vice President of Cause Marketing. During her tenure at Feeding America, Ray led the organization’s fundraising efforts with corporate partners and major donors, and was responsible for annual revenue goals in excess of $80 million. In addition, she developed strategies to support multi-platform cause marketing campaigns generating $18 million annually. Previously, Ray led the External Affairs function at the Greater Chicago Food Depository where she grew fundraising from $10 million to $20 million over a three-year period through expansion of corporate and foundation partnerships and individual giving.
“Leah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising to United Way and we are excited that she will be leading the organization’s strategic resource development efforts,” said Wendy DuBoe, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, “Her drive, talent and passion will help to propel United Way forward as a charity of choice for individuals, foundations and corporations interested in strengthening communities.”
Ray also previously served as a Marketing Specialist for Chas Levy Circulating Company in Chicago where she developed magazine promotions with publishing companies and created custom retailer promotions. Ray received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University in Chicago.