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Oct. 15, 2018 8:44 pm

The Philly United Way reportedly laid off a third of its staff on Monday

President and CEO Bill Golderer told Philly.com the cuts were made because "the organization needs to be set up to make meaningful investments on moving the needle on this stubborn problem of poverty."

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Update: A United Way rep reached out after this story was published to clarify that three staffers named were not part of the layoffs. (10/15, 9:30 p.m.)

Editor’s note: Read Generocity’s further reporting on the reasons for the layoffs here. (10/16, 2:20 p.m.)


The $55 million United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has reportedly cut 37 roles from its nearly 100-person staff, according to a Philly.com report Monday evening.

Bill Golderer, who took on the org’s president and CEO role in March, told the news outlet that the layoffs were not caused by financial distress, but because “the organization needs to be set up to make meaningful investments on moving the needle on this stubborn problem of poverty that is afflicting our region disproportionately from other peer cities.”

It’s not clear which roles were eliminated.

Missing from the local branch’s executive staff page are three hires or new promotions made within the past nine monthsAl Motley, Jr., VP of technology, systems and data; Julie Murphy, interim VP of corporate partnerships; and Dr. Ruth Roberts, VP of human resources. (A rep for UWGPSNJ reached out after this story was published to say that “Al Motley and Ruth Roberts are still employed at United Way, and Julie Murphy moved on to another opportunity over the summer.”)

The nonprofit’s grantmaking shifted in the past few months to focus exclusively on ending intergenerational poverty in the region, and over $14 million was granted according to the new mission in May. Golderer told Philly.com at the time that Philadelphians should expect big changes from the funder over the next two years.

From our Partners

Generocity recently reported on United Way’s Job Opportunity Investment Network, a training program for its workforce education and training-focused grantees and partners that aims to be a national model for centering racial equity.

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