Safety engineer, ExxonMobil
Click here to see a photo gallery by Tim Mueller.By 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday morning, the line is 30-deep at Hope Ministries' food pantry on Winbourne Avenue in Baton Rouge. Men and women of a range of ages sit on a long bench outside one of the buildings on the former church campus.
Occupation: President/CEO, Capital Area United Way Hometown: Charleston, S.C.Age: 43
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New Capital Area United Way CEO/President Darrin Goss Sr. describes the philanthropic organization he leads as being in a "turnaround situation."
The Capital Area United Way officially kicked off its 2013 workforce campaign today by announcing a $9.05 million fundraising goal. With the help of about 600 area companies that participated in the campaign last year, United Way raised about $8.7 million and distributed those funds to 47 agencies providing 113 services and programs in the Capital Region. That's down from about $11 million raised four years ago. "We have a renewed commitment to run the best workforce campaign this year and already have several pacesetter companies that have kicked-off their campaigns," says Ralph Bender, this year's campaign chair. New CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss recently told Daily Report that stepping up fundraising efforts is one of his major goals as he takes over the organzation. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," Goss says, adding that leadership turmoil...
The United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina serves a metropolitan area with roughly the same population as the Capital Area United Way here, yet it is on pace to raise about twice as much money. That's according to new CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss, who previously served as Vice President of Community Impact in Greenville. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," says Goss, adding that he has "developed a skill set for change management over the last 20 years." He says leadership turmoil over the past several years contributed to staff losses and fractured relationships with community partners. "With the instability came a lot of accounts that we just didn't work," he says. "We got away from some of the fundamentals that make for a good workforce campaign." United Way raised about $11 million four years ago, he says, compared to about $8.7 million last...