Press Release

United Way Of Allen County Leadership Changes – President & Ceo Resignation

Mar 28, 2022

FORT WAYNE (March 21, 2022) – United Way of Allen County announces that Matthew Purkey has formally resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Allen County after accepting an opportunity to become Vice President of Regional Operations with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that connects military veterans with new missions in under-resourced communities.

Matthew has been a great asset to the United Way of Allen County team and a passionate community advocate with whom the organization has surpassed unprecedented milestones. He successfully led the recent community needs assessment and strategic planning process that produced UWAC’s new priorities of educational opportunities, mental health access, food security, and housing stability. Purkey also convened and facilitated United Way of Allen County’s Emergency Relief Fund raising an additional $5M+ to aid community members and organizations in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Longtime volunteer and current United Way of Allen County Chief Financial Officer Greg Johnson will assume the position of interim Chief Executive Officer until a permanent replacement is identified. Don Cates, Chairman of the Board, will lead the nationwide hiring search. Mr. Cates commented that “Matthew, a seasoned nonprofit professional, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran himself, has been offered a once in a lifetime role that aligns perfectly with his passion, skillsets, experience, and expertise. On behalf of the Board, we thank Matthew for his contributions to United Way of Allen County and wish him well in his future endeavors”.

Purkey’s last day is April 1st.