After a little less than three years, the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County is looking for a new executive director.

Sherrie Davis resigned from her position March 14 — a move that was effective immediately.

Neither Davis nor the local United Way chapter specified the reason for her resignation. Davis said it was “just a decision,” and she noted that she still is president of the Carlisle Theatre board.

In a prepared statement, the local United Way board said it “would like to thank Sherrie for her contributions to United Way and to our community. We wish her well and much success in her future endeavors.”

United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County board President Debbie Keyser was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

Davis was named executive director in June 2010, taking over for Jeff Conway, who held the position for nine years before retiring. Davis previously held the position of director of the

Cumberland County American Red Cross for seven years.

According to the 2011 tax filing from the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County, Davis worked 40 hours a week and had a salary of $68,694, and $15,455 in benefits.

There were new popular events and a new council created under her time at the head of the local chapter, but the resignation also comes on the heels of a campaign that fell below the goal and the decision to drop the Boy Scouts of America as a partner agency.

Recent events

When Davis started as executive director, the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County hadn’t had a campaign reach its goal for three years. Her first campaign for 2010, however, changed that when it raised $1,412,874 — narrowly surpassing its goal of $1.4 million.

The 2011 campaign also had the same type of success, raising $1.51 million and exceeding its goal of $1.5 million.

The next campaign, however, fell short.

This past year’s campaign only managed to raise $1,360,700 by January, which is less than the $1.5 million goal.

Davis’ resignation also comes a few weeks after the local United Way chapter dropped the Boy Scouts of America as a partner agency. The Sentinel reported March 9 on the board’s decision, though Keyser refused to go into details about the decision, saying only the decision was made based on the group being noncompliant with the United Way agreement.

New Birth of Freedom Council CEO and Scout Executive Ronald Gardner Jr. said the decision was based off of noncompliance issues including fundraising during black-out periods and data presented to the United Way chapter.

Gardner noted that he believes the decision was not based on the Boy Scouts’ policy on gay scouts or scout masters. The New Birth of Freedom Council is already facing cuts from the United Way of the Capital Region and possible cuts from the United Way of York County based on the council’s policy and the United Way’s policy on non-discrimination.

Gardner said it’s unlikely the council will attempt to make any changes to apply to be a partner agency with the local United Way chapter.

Career

Though Davis’ resignation comes after both of those issues, she has also had success with the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County in recent years.

The Women’s Leadership Council was formed in March 2011, which led to a growth in events. The council helped create the Purses for a Purpose purse auction in October 2011 and also co-sponsored with the United Way Student Leadership Council the Gifts that Give project, which gave children the opportunity to pick up free presents to give to their parents and guardians on Christmas.

In addition to those events, Davis was also the head of the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County when the Student Leadership Council started its major fundraiser — the M&T Central PA Glee Competition. The annual event started in April 2011, and its third annual event is scheduled for Saturday, April 20.

Davis also started the Taking it to the Streets outreach, in which the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County held stands at various events across its service area to educate residents on what nonprofits existed in the area and what services were available.

In a statement posted on the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County’s website Monday, the board said it is searching for a new executive director. In the interim, Megan Smith, resource development director, will run the chapter.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Sherrie Davis, president and CEO of United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County, resigned from her position on March 14.

Davis didn’t specify a reason for leaving, saying it was “just a decision.” She noted she still presides as president of the Carlisle Theatre board.

In a prepared statement, the local United Way board said it “would like to thank Sherrie for her contributions to United Way and to our community. We wish her well and much success in her future endeavors.”

The board will search for a new executive director.

Davis was named executive director June 10, 2010. She was previously the director of the Cumberland County American Red Cross.

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(11) comments

Just truth
Just truth

Perhaps she doesn't agree with the UW stand on the BSA ?? If so, Good for her for standing up for her beliefs!! Whether or not that is the case, it's a good reason to discontinuesupporting UW along with the excessive salaries they pay. Let them go down the tubes as discriminitory against morals!

SandyH
SandyH

Just to continue my comment, I'm not sure why the Boy Scouts' funding wasn't continued, but here are two important considerations: (1) New Birth of Freedom Council (the Boy Scouts' local organization) said in a previous Sentinel article that their annual budget is $3,415,000, but what they got last year from the United Way of Carlisle is about 1/10 of 1 percent of our budget." I think they'll do okay...

SandyH
SandyH

(2) It's against UW policy to support organizations that discriminate. If the Boy Scouts want to continue discriminating (and openly, admittedly doing so), that's their decision I suppose. But they can probably expect not to receive funding from organizations with policies opposing discrimination, no? (3) And speaking of excessive salaries in nonprofits, check out the BSA's "Chief Scout Associate" Salary. In 2007, it was $916,028.

vinoman1953
vinoman1953

some organizations are proud to stand up and do their best to protect our children from the perverse immorality that has become so PC. Good for the Scouts! They're making no efforts to eradicate homosexuality, they seek only to protect our children from what they believe are immoral, perverse behaviors. What makes the homosexual crowd so right, and everyone else so wrong?

pystil
pystil

So we know where you are coming from, Vino do you believe men who sexually abuse children are ALL gay? And even if these men are married are they secretly in the closet and know it, or don't know it? Can a man be heterosexual and yet still sexually abuse boy scouts?
Are all the priest who sexually abused boys ALL gay?

SandyH
SandyH

I find "Just truth"s comment to be pretty un-truthy. The United Way has a very lean staff, and staff don't receive excessive salaries. They also support a large number of important community organizations in the area (listed at http://carlisleunitedway.org/community-impact/partner-agencies/) and run some critical programs themselves like Success by Six, which helps ensure young kids get the education, health care, and social & emotional development they need for a successful life.

Zippy D Dudah
Zippy D Dudah

Thank you for your service, Sherrie.

vinoman1953
vinoman1953

Seems like a lot of bureaucracy in that organization. Presidents, CEOs, etc.... Nat'l pres collects nearly $500,000/yr. For a nonprofit, thise guys are off the charts. If you want your charity to be effective, use your local church or give directly to organizations, i.e. Heifer project, Scouts, etc. Look em up , they are more than happy to deal with you directly and cut out the expensive middlemen that consume large portions of your contributions.

pystil
pystil

I used to think the Heiffer Project was great concept and charity until I saw their Taj Mahal corporate offices in Little Rock, Arkansas.

weekendwarrior
weekendwarrior

If UWCCC wants to rebuild its reputation Debbie Keyser (board president) must resign as well. She is equally to blame for this disaster. Demand it folks!

Windbag Lawyer
Windbag Lawyer

Unless they are a pedophile why else would a gay man want to join a Scouts? As a parent I would be highly suspicious of any single man who signed up as a leader. Current BSA policy allows each individual group to pick and choose adult leaders(ie: discriminate), not every adult that walks in the door to sign up has to be accepted. In addition to gay men - felons, wife abusers, DUI kings, people of dubious moral charactor and known morons can all be rejected, too. For good reason in my book

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