Sue Davies Joins United Way of New York City as SVP & Chief Development Officer


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NEW YORK, NY (April 18, 2016) – United Way of New York City (UWNYC)—the nonprofit organization that, for nearly 80 years, has been a trusted partner to government, corporations, foundations, and community-based organizations serving low-income New Yorkers—today announces the appointment of Sue Davies as SVP & Chief Development Officer. Reporting to Sheena Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Davies will serve a key role in UWNYC’s goal of increasing individual and major gifts, as well as corporate, foundation, and government engagement.

An accomplished leader with decades of experience leading fundraising efforts for nonprofit organizations in the education, healthcare, scientific, youth, and social service sectors, Davies will oversee UWNYC’s resource development team and provide overall leadership for development activities to support the goals and objectives of UWNYC’s strategic plan. Among other things, she will contribute to the implementation of strategies that will realize the giving potential of workplace campaigns, corporations, foundations, government, and individual donors.

The executive appointment comes as UWNYC accelerates the expansion of its bold goal that defines its work for the next decade: By 2025, 50,000 New Yorkers in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty that are the focus of UWNYC programs will make meaningful and measurable progress toward the pivotal milestone of self-sufficiency, on the path to financial security. UWNYC will leverage the successes of its programs to ultimately achieve citywide policy and system changes to reach all low-income New Yorkers.

“Sue will be superb in this vital role, helping UWNYC achieve our goals,” said Wright. “Sue brings a vision and experience to understanding the intricacies of our complex funding model, and will expertly present our compelling case for support in order to increase and diversify philanthropic giving, which is a key priority for us.”

Prior to joining United Way of New York City, Sue served as the Associate Vice President for Development at Montclair State University—where she closed the largest gift in the University’s history—as well as other notable organizations like American Cancer Society, All Stars Project, and Barnard College of Columbia University. An accomplished speaker, Sue has been featured on programs sponsored by Women in Development, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Foundation Center.

“This is a good mission match for me—I am thrilled to join an organization where I can marry my commitment to ending poverty with my expertise in managing fundraising operations,” said Davies. “United Way of New York City is in a unique position to truly impact the lives of thousands of New Yorkers, and I’m excited to be a member of this great team and help realize that vision.”

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About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has been a trusted partner to government, corporations, and community-based organizations for nearly 80 years. Serving low-income New Yorkers, UWNYC’s collective impact approach enables the diagnosis of neighborhood challenges and the design of solutions to expand education, financial stability, and health opportunities. UWNYC then deploys resources and volunteers while also driving policy change that is guided by measured results. UWNYC envisions caring communities where all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives. Learn more at