Be sure to catch last Friday’s show when our hosts, Eve and Mary, interviewed the brilliant Gary Godsey, one of Dallas’s top community leaders from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Eve, Mary and Gary discussed various social media aspects for non-profits and how an interactive, online campaign strategy can be used to leverage the power of community and raise awareness.Gary's Bio:
Gary G. Godsey has served as president and chief executive officer of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) since 2000 after a very successful career as president of United Way/Capital Area in Austin, Texas. During Godsey’s tenure in Dallas, he initiated a successful capital campaign to raise $15 million for a new office building, integrated a regional approach so the organization could impact four counties directly, and has transformed the organization to be more community focused rather than fundraising centered. In addition, he has realigned the Board of Directors structure so the policy making body is more efficient and effective, and he created a Chief Ethics Officer to serve on UWMD’s Ethics and Audit Committee.
Godsey’s vision for United Way is to build a track record of successful, measurable results and long-term solutions in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks of a good life, by working more collaboratively with other organizations and institutions in North Texas. Godsey believes this strategy is necessary to ensure every donor’s gift to United Way is the most effective, leveraged philanthropic contribution they could make in their community.
Godsey is also an integral part of the United Way system on the state and national level. In May, 2009 he will co-chair the United Way of America Staff Leaders Conference. Currently, he serves as a member of the United Way of America Membership Committee. In 2007 Godsey served as chair of United Way of America’s National Professional Council. In 2006 he served as chair of the United Ways of Texas board, the first United Way staff member to serve in this capacity. In Dallas, Gary also currently serves on the Business Leaders Council for Grant Thornton.
Godsey began his career with the United Way system in 1982 as executive director of the United Way in Johnson City, Tennessee. He relocated to Austin in 1992 from Anderson, South Carolina where he served as president and chief professional officer for Foothills United Way. Gary began his life-long career in the nonprofit sector when he was hired as executive director of the American Cancer Society, Middle Tennessee upon graduation from college.
Gary earned a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from Tennessee Tech University. He and his wife Vickie, a retired public school teacher, live in Garland, Texas and enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.