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August 13, 2018

United Way's Development Officer Advances After 23 Years in Greater Cincinnati

After more than 20 years as a development officer for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Chris Martin was promoted to president and CEO of United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County in Texas. Martin currently serves as United Way of Greater Cincinnati's senior vice president and chief development officer. 

“It's never easy to decide to leave an incredible group of co-workers, a strong organization and a great community,” Martin said. “The people who make up this caring, giving and dedicated community made that decision even harder than I originally thought. It has been an honor to play a small part in the positive impact United Way has had for people in this region. I know there are many bright spots ahead for Greater Cincinnati.”

Martin’s career spans multiple United Ways in various roles over 29 years, including 23 years in Greater Cincinnati.

"Chris has been leading our United Way through many changes to remain relevant and engage new donors over the years," said Julia Poston, United Way of Greater Cincinnati Board Chair. "He sets a fine example for other to make a difference by giving and volunteering. We are all so thankful for his time in Greater Cincinnati and can't wait to see great things he's sure to do for United Way in Texas."


United Way of Greater Cincinnati has started a national search for the next dynamic executive to lead the nonprofit’s fundraising and development efforts.

“This community is fortunate to have benefited from Chris’s leadership for so long,” said Michael Johnson, president & CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “He’s helped United Way build solid relationships with so many members of our business community and helped us engage nearly 90,000 donors each year in our work. I’m proud he’ll be joining me as a fellow United Way CEO where I know his skills will help lots of people.”

Martin will remain at United Way of Greater Cincinnati through late September and help successfully launch the 2018 community campaign. A local firm, The Yunker Group, is leading a national search for Martin’s replacement. The position is responsible for United Way’s community fundraising campaign, major gifts and planned giving programs. United Way of Greater Cincinnati has the fifth largest United Way campaign in the country and ranks second in per capita giving among the top 50 United Ways across the country.

United Way invests in best-in-class services at more than 140 nonprofits across 10 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Earlier this year, United Way announced a new investment model, new approaches to delivering services and a new way of working with its partners to help children and families living in poverty.

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Chris Martin by the numbers

  • Nearly 30-year career within the United Way network
  • 23.5 years at United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Raised more than $1.25 billion with the support of his team and community volunteers during his time at United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Raised $10 million for United Way’s first-ever capital campaign
  • Raised $10 million for Winning Beginnings Early Childhood Campaign
  • Thanks to his leadership, today United Way’s Foundation has over $40.8M in net assets with an additional $27.6M in expectancies.
  • Grown our $10,000+ annual Tocqueville membership from 150 to 844 members
  • Created our Women of Tocqueville, with 376 members today.
  • Grown the Million Dollar Roundtable to 20 $1 million members since 2000.
  • Created the William C. Procter roundtable which has 6 members ($500k+ over 5 years)
  • Created the Frederick A. Geier roundtable which currently has 10 members ($250k+ over 5 years)
  • Created our $25K Centennial Society which currently has 67 members