United Way of Grayson County is a locally run chapter of the United Way Worldwide umbrella organization. United Way of Grayson County operates independently from United Way Worldwide and is locally governed. United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the nearly 1,800 local United Ways in 40 countries around the globe. Local United Ways pay a 1% membership fee (1% of dollars raised). Local donors support work in their communities through local United Ways, which are separately incorporated non-profits with their own CEOs and Boards of Directors.
Our United Way was originally formed as the Sherman Community Chest in 1942, amid growing encouragement from the government for folks to support the national War Chest. For those first few years, donations went to the War Chest and local youth organizations. By 1951, the Denison Community Chest and several other local Chests had been formed and were operating to support their cities’ organizations. In 1969, the Community Chests came together deciding that collectively they could support the community better together thus transiting to the United Fund of Grayson County. We made our last name change in 1974 by joining the United Way worldwide family and becoming the United Way of Grayson County.
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United Way of Grayson County is a Texas Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation. A volunteer Board of Directors oversees our strategic direction and steers our financial decisions along with various committees also made up of community volunteers.
The United Way of Grayson County, Inc. Board is comprised of premiere business and community leaders who understand the community needs in Grayson County, Texas and want to play a hands-on role in helping us fulfill our mission.
If you would like to learn more about serving on our Board of Directors, please contact United Way of Grayson County, Inc. President & CEO Stephanie Chandler at email@example.com or 903-893-1920. The nominating committee meets each spring.
Our Board Committees
We offer the opportunity for community members who are not on our Board to serve on one of our Board committees. Contact Stephanie Chandler to learn more (firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-893-1920). Our 2020-2021 committees include: Community Impact, Finance & Stewardship, and Revenue.
Chair: Kelly Haley, Wolfspeed
Vice Chair: Dr. Molly Harris, Grayson College
Operations Chair/Treasurer: Jason Kupferschmid, Ameritex Pipe & Products
Revenue Chair: Deron McCraw, Community Advocate
Community Impact: Steven Michaels, Texas Instruments
Capt. Sarah Bigham, Grayson County Sheriff's Office
Amy Coffman, Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center
Jeff Butts, First State Bank
Mike Daugherty, Atmos Energy
Dr. Andru Gilbert, Denison Independent School District
Nathan Graham, Kwik Chek Food Stores/McCraw Oil Company
Wayne Grover, Tyson
Chief Mike Gudgel, City of Denison Police Department
Robert Muse, Caterpillar
Carlos Rivas, Rivas Law
LaTasha Savage, Emerson Fisher
Leigh Ann Sims, Community Volunteer
Teresa Smith, Spectrum Brands
Mayor David Turner, City of Southmayd
Rodney Williams, Van Alstyne Community & Economic Development
At United Way of Grayson County, our business is to invest and manage your gift wisely. We know that you think carefully before giving, and we thank you for the trust you express in us through your generous contributions of time and money. Our goal is to maximize the dollars we raise and invest your gift strategically in local agencies, programs and services with the goal of helping local people live their best lives.
Every year United Way Grayson County engages a certified public accountant to perform an annual audit of our accounting records, policies, procedures and any allegations that may come up. This engagement is managed by the Finance Committee and the results are reported to and approved by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. United Way Grayson County has consistently achieved an “unqualified opinion” (clean opinion).
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PO Box 1112
713 E. Brockett
Sherman, Texas 75091
Office Number: 903.893.1920