Timothy B. Fatzinger, vice president for resource development at United Way of the Capital Region, has been selected to succeed Joseph M. Capita as UWCR president and CEO, the board announced today.
Fatzinger, 45, a Mechanicsburg resident, brings 21 years of non-profit fundraising, management, strategic planning and information systems experience to head a successful and growing local United Way organization. In his role at UWCR, he has been instrumental in a long run of successful fall fundraising campaigns, exceeding every fundraising goal since 2004 and leading the effort that increased the overall campaign from nearly $8.6 million to $11.3 million.
“For those of us who have been involved with United Way of the Capital Region, choosing a successor to Joe Capita was an exceptionally important decision,” said Board Chair Robert Jones, of Fulton Bank. “Under Joe’s leadership, with a tremendously talented staff, with our hundreds of volunteers, generous donors and terrific program partners, we have had a great run of success.
“That success has enabled us to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in this community. We wanted to position this organization to continue its success, and by the end of the search process, we concluded that Tim Fatzinger was the best choice to help make that happen.”
Fatzinger joined United Way of Pennsylvania shortly after graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a management information systems degree in 1990. Five years later, he joined UWCR and has been there ever since, except for a stint as director of development for the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children from 2000 to 2001.
Capita, 63, announced his retirement last January, following his 15th consecutive successful campaign as president and CEO, to provide time for an orderly transition. His retirement is effective Jan. 31.
Under Capita’s leadership, UWCR grew to become one of the leading fundraising United Ways in the nation. In recent years, despite horrific natural disasters in New Orleans, Haiti, Japan and locally, as well as experiencing the worst economy since the Great Depression, UWCR exceeded its annual fundraising goals and was able to increase allocations to its program partners.
His tenure also saw the implementation of the Corporate Cornerstones program, in which corporate contributions are directed toward the agency’s administrative expenses. As a result, the organization is able to assure individual donors that 100 percent of their contributions go toward programs and services rather than expenses.
Fatzinger said he sees his new assignment as an opportunity to build upon UWCR’s success, not only in fundraising, but in identifying and addressing the most critical human service needs in the Capital Region.
“I believe Joe and I share the same passion and commitment to this organization and our mission,” Fatzinger said. “I’ve certainly benefited from seeing him build a great staff and attract a broad array of excellent program partners. He is leaving us with a very healthy, vital organization. It will be a challenge to walk in Joes shoes, but I look forward to that challenge.”
UWCR’s mission is to help change lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties by raising money through a community-wide campaign, identifying long-term and emerging needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and measuring results that show donors how their dollars are making a difference.
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