Gary T. “Doc” Huffman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Ohio National Financial Services, will chair United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 2017 fundraising campaign.
Huffman, a United Way Board member, said he is energized by United Way’s deepened focus on better understanding and providing for the specific needs of families today and down the road. This holistic approach greatly increases the likelihood that we can help people break the cycle of poverty.
“I’m honored to lead this year’s campaign to rally the community to make a lasting impact through United Way,” said Huffman. “In the financial services industry, we have seen the importance of a holistic approach to achieve financial well-being.” Huffman continued, “With one in three Cincinnatians struggling to make ends meet, a rate that remains stubbornly high despite the economic recovery, this focus comes at a critical time for our community.”
United Way of Greater Cincinnati is the sixth-largest United Way in the country, and annually improves the lives of more than 360,000 people across 10 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Dollars raised from the campaign will fund programs and initiatives to improve local lives. Such investments include preparing children for kindergarten, home visiting programs that help parents give their young children a positive start in life, and career pathway programs to help unemployed or under-employed individuals obtain in-demand jobs.
“United Way is excited to have Doc leading this year’s campaign. Doc brings strong business and leadership acumen and is passionate about improving our community,” said Robert C. Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
The campaign supports the achievement of Bold Goals For Our Region. Introduced in 2011, the Bold Goals include regional targets for kindergarten readiness; gainful employment; and access to high-quality health care by the year 2020.
“Doc has been hard at work for months reaching out to companies and individual donors to share his thoughts about the importance of United Way’s focus on lifting children and families out of poverty,” Reifsnyder said. “Doc has put together a great committee of business leaders and community volunteers to build on last year’s successful $62.1 million campaign and to bring more resources to the work of changing people’s lives.”
Huffman said he is impressed with the generosity of the Greater Cincinnati community and will challenge businesses and individuals to come together to join the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
Ohio National gave $849,909 to the 2016 campaign, which raised $62.1 million. Company employees also donate numerous volunteer hours every year at various United Way-supported organizations.
“Giving back is part of the DNA of Ohio National and our entire community. More than 360,000 lives are counting on us to find innovative ways to support the needs of the community. United Way provides the energy and muscle to forge partnerships that create lasting change in Greater Cincinnati,” said Huffman.
Huffman joined Ohio National in 2008 as vice chairman and has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer in 2009 and became Ohio National’s ninth president on December 1, 2010. In May 2012, he was elected chairman of the board of Ohio National’s board of directors.
In addition to being on United Way’s Board of Directors, Huffman is the current president of the Cincinnati Opera Company, a member of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Co-Chair of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board. He is also the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American College, a member of the Board of Trustees for ArtsWave and a member of the Music Hall Revitalization Company Board of Directors. Doc is the 2016 home office recipient of the Ohio National Foundation’s Paul E. Martin Award for outstanding community service.
This year’s United Way campaign goal will be announced in August at the official campaign kickoff. The campaign is a fundraising partnership of United Way and the Greater Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross.