United Way timeline

January 13, 2013

1887 — Clergy in Denver organize to create a community chest to address social needs. The movement spreads across the country, eventually becoming the United Way.

1975 — United Way of the National Capital Area opens its doors with Oral Suer as president.

1991 — United Way NCA collects $75 million in donations.

Feb. 1992 — William Aramony, United Way of America president, announced his retirement after board members questioned his spending and management.

1993 — United Way NCA raises $73 million in donations.

June 1995 — After 22 years as president, Aramony was convicted of stealing $1.2 million from the United Way, and two colleagues are convicted on related charges and sentenced in Alexandria to seven years in federal prison. Elaine L. Chao, former Peace Corps administrator, is named president.

2001 — Suer retires. The board elects Norman O. Taylor to take his place.

2002 — The United Way NCA loses its contract to run a $50 million-a-year workplace giving campaign for federal workers to a competing charity. Workplace donations plummet to $18 million from $45 million in 2001.

Sept. 2002 — Taylor steps down after the board of directors approved an overhaul. Robert Egger, the founder and executive director of the D.C. Central Kitchen, is named interim president.

May 2004 — The 69-years-old Suer is sentenced to serve 27 months in prison, the maximum sentence, for his role in a financial scandal that nearly ruined the charity.

Sept. 2009 — William A. Hanbury, former head of D.C.’s tourism marketing agency, takes office as president and chief executive of United Way NCA.

Sept. 2009 — A band of 21 Washington area charities leave United Way and join newly formed Community 1st-America’s Charities.

2010 — Hanbury unveils a strategic plan that shifts fundraising from workplace giving to donor partnerships and social programs. The group begins to diversify revenue sources to include major gifts, deferred giving, grants, direct mail and online giving.

July 2011 — United Way NCA angers some local charities by tightening the requirements of nonprofit membership, including a mandate to raise at least $50,000.

Jan. 2013—Hanbury announced he will step down in March. He raised revenues from $29 million to an anticipated $36 million this fiscal year.

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