United Way of Metropolitan Chicago lays off staff – Consumer News

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1 June 2017 | 6:26 pm

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago laid off at least 20 people, about 17 percent of its staff today, citing an internal restructuring of operations.

“At this juncture in the organization’s history we have identified that there is an opportunity to transform the organization by employing contemporary communication, fundraising, technology and operational strategies,” said CEO Wendy DuBoe in a statement emailed to Crain’s. “As a result we have restructured our operations to leverage these new strategies and to maximize our commitment to building stronger communities in the broader Chicago region.” United Way did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

A source familiar with the organization attributed the layoffs to a dip in revenue. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s 990 tax form for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, showed an operating loss of $1.097 million, compared with a surplus of $1.9 million the year prior.

The 85-year-old organization will launch a new program, Stronger Neighborhoods for a Stronger Chicago Region, in July. According to its website, the new program will use the organization’s networks to “address the needs of individuals and families to build strong households and improve the quality of life and the economy for the entire region.”

DuBoe was named CEO of the organization in 2012, succeeding Laura Thrall, who left the job after suffering a brain aneurysm. As of late, the organization has seen substantial executive turnover, with five executives leaving over the course of 10 months.



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