Local United Way Chapter Announces New President and CEO

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The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has named a new president and chief executive officer.

Bill Golderer has been chosen by the UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Director.

The goal of UWGPSNJ is to end intergenerational poverty through a two-generation approach. UWGPSNJ is a part of a national network of over 1,300 locally governed organizations that are making long-lasting positive changes in communities and individuals lives.

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The group works in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland counties as well as Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

“We are excited to have Bill as our next CEO. He brings a remarkable combination of passion for elevating the condition of our city and region, experience and innovation in the communities we serve, and credibility among existing and potential donors who want to invest in our mission," said J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., chairman of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors and leader of the global litigation practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

"He will be an outstanding leader of our committed and talented staff, and he will work collaboratively with other community leaders in our region. We are grateful to interim President and CEO Mike DiCandilo and our Board for leading us through a pivotal and exciting time in our history. We are confident that Bill will do an outstanding job leading our United Way and driving our work to end intergenerational poverty in the region forward.”

Golderer was the founder of Broad Street Ministry, which helps people out of homelessness by giving families and individuals to meals, can management, medical services behavioral health support, benefits counseling, and legal support.

He is also the co-founder of Rooster Soup Company, the nation’s first for-profit, crowd-funded social impact restaurant. The restaurant creates jobs and brings revenue back to Philadelphia’s most impoverished citizens.

“I took on this role because poverty looms as one of our greatest challenges – it traps our families and limits our entire region’s potential,” said Golderer. “It’s time to stop families from passing on poverty through generations and provide opportunities for our youth and families to thrive. Together, in partnership with the business community, the nonprofit sector, and our public officials, we can achieve this.”

UWGPSNJ has raised about $50 million to support regional nonprofit sector, with $28 million going to United Way’s Impact Fund to end poverty.

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