Interim CEO to Leave D.C. United Way

Interim CEO to Leave D.C. United Way

Robert Egger has announced that he will step down as interim chief executive officer of the United Way of the National Capital Area, which fell into disarray last fall after its previous CEO was ousted because of financial mismanagement, the Washington Post reports.

Even though Egger had previously said he hoped to be a long-term leader for the local United Way, he explained his resignation by saying, "I'm a wartime general, and now there's good peace in the valley. Anybody would be hard-pressed to come in here [now] and muck it up again." Nevertheless, sources told the Post that Egger didn't mesh well with the corporate culture of the United Way system and that he clashed with the D.C. chapter's board of directors. During his eight months as CEO, he trimmed the organization's staff by a third and cut $2.5 million from the budget but wasn't able to rescue the fall fundraising drives. The campaigns aimed at federal employees held steady, but donations from the private sector are estimated at less than $15 million, compared with the $45 million raised a year earlier.

Egger will return to the D.C. Central Kitchen, the organization he founded in 1989 to collect extra food from local restaurants and caterers and provide it to the homeless. He will serve as president of the nonprofit and focus on its national initiatives; he also plans to complete a book on the nonprofit sector called Begging for Change, to be published next year by HarperCollins.

Jacqueline L. Salmon. "United Way's Leader to Leave Interim Post." Washington Post 04/25/2003.