United Way lands major donation

By   – Digital Producer, Cincinnati Business Courier

A longtime donor to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati has provided a major gift to the nonprofit despite moving outside the region.

Dave Walker and his wife, Debbie, have donated $1 million to the local United Way with the funds designated to Every Child Succeeds.

Walker, who retired from an executive role at Procter & Gamble Co. in 2004, was a board member of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati when it partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Community Action Agency to found Every Child Succeeds in 1999. Today the group has supported more than 26,000 families with 625,000 home visits.

“In typical Dave fashion, he is using his generous donation as a challenge match to multiply its impact in ensuring that every child in our community has an optimal start. We are confident the community will rise to the challenge,” Every Child Succeeds president Judy Van Ginkel said in a statement.

The Walkers, who relocated to Florida in 2005, remain heavily involved in the work of the local United Way along with United Way Suncoast.

“While I have done some volunteer work and donating to other nonprofits, United Way has been a constant for me over the years because Debbie and I very much believe in the quality, capability and mission of the organization,” Walker said in a statement. “I have seen and participated in the work of United Way over the years. The impact United Way has in our communities is focused on less fortunate people and it is incredibly important.”

The donation comes following the local United Way’s announcement that its 2018 community campaign would bring in less than the $52 million it had expected following turmoil among its leadership including the abrupt exit of CEO Michael Johnson and resignation of board chair Julia Poston.

In the past, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati has hosted the nation’s fifth-largest community campaign and ranked second in per capita giving among the top 50 United Ways in the U.S.