Local United Way President Announces Retirement

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For Immediate Release

Lexington, KYJanuary 17, 2019

Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will retire later this year after leading one of the area's largest nonprofits for over 9 years, the organization announced Thursday.

After assuming the role in 2009, Farmer helped the organization successfully transition to a Community Impact model and led the implementation of the Big Bold Goal to help 20,000 local families become more self-sufficient by 2020. Since 2014, the organization has helped over 14,000 families reach greater self-sufficiency.  Under Farmer's leadership, its 2-1-1 Contact Center, an information and referral service, has expanded access from 9 counties in Central Kentucky to nearly 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Also during Farmer's tenure, the organization has raised more than $42 million in total revenue through its annual fundraising campaigns, contracts, and private,  state and federal grants to help support local programs serving the needs of people in the areas of education, basic needs and financial stability.

"After a meaningful and diverse career that has spanned over four decades, my family and I have decided that it's the right time for me to enter a new phase of life," Farmer stated.  "I am very proud of what our community and United Way of the Bluegrass have accomplished together over the last 9 years, and I am confident that this community will continue fighting for the education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in the Bluegrass," said Farmer. He and his wife, Kehaulani will be moving back to his home state of North Carolina later this year.

The Board of Directors will immediately begin a search for a new President and CEO. Farmer will continue in his role until a successor is named to ensure continuity for community programs and partners, and to allow for a smooth transition. 

 UWBG Board Chair, Paul Rooke said, "We would like to thank Bill for his leadership in establishing a vision for UWBG with specific goals to close gaps in basic needs, financial stability, and education.  His leadership has helped thousands of families in our community reach greater self-sufficiency. After an accomplished career and a great 9 years of service to our Bluegrass region, we wish him well as he begins this new chapter."


About United Way of the Bluegrass:

United Way of the Bluegrass fights for the education, basic needs and financial stability of every person in Central Kentucky. Our Big Bold Goal is that together, we will help 20,000 families become more self-sufficient by 2020. United Way has committed to four key drivers of success for community and economic success:  basic needs, school readiness, student success and financial stability.  Systems have been developed to evaluate the quality and success of programs and partners supported by UWBG, so investors can be assured that dollars will have maximum impact on the community. For more information, visit www.uwbg.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UnitedWayOfTheBluegrass.


Media Contact:

Katie Williams

Vice President, Marketing

859.351.8567 / katie.williams@uwbg.org