News Alert: CAUW CEO Profita resigns

News Alert: CAUW CEO Profita resigns




Capital Area United Way CEO Karen Profita resigned late this afternoon. According to a statement released by the organization, Profita is stepping down from the position she held for the past three and a half years to "pursue other opportunities." But sources familiar with the situation say her departure comes after months of staff turnover and turmoil within the organization. In early April, three senior staff members quit, key employees whose departures were the latest of several in recent months, and earlier this year the CAUW board hired an outside consultant to work with the staff and try to resolve some of the internal management issues. CAUW Board Chair Tobie Craig has declined to comment on those matters but said in a written statement that "Over the past few years Karen helped us to rebuild the public perception of United Way and as instrumental in helping to reverse a downward trend in fundraising." Profita was not immediately available for comment.



Whatever struggles existed within the organization, public perception of the local United Way chapter has remained positive under Profita. Just two weeks ago, CAUW announced its 2011 fundraising campaign raised $500,000 more than in 2010. Profita will be replaced on an interim basis by J. Richard Williams, who retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2008 after 34 years and headed the company's non-profit foundation, where he was responsible for community relations and philanthropic programs. "The first thing I want to do is assure all our partner agencies that the allocations, approved by the board of directors at the April 20 board meeting will be carried out without interruption," Williams says.



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