United Way chief quits – Departure follows $12M mishap

The United Way of America has announced that president Betty Stanley Beene will leave her post within the next 18 months, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reported on June 2.

United Way spokesman Anthony DeCristofaro described Ms. Beene’s departure as a “planned transition” that would be accepted by the board “with regret.” The charity did not announce any financial arrangements related to her departure.

Ms. Beene has weathered criticism in recent months for the charity’s decision to spend $12 million on a giving software system that was scrapped because it didn’t work.

The cost of the mishap was covered by proceeds from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. DeCristofaro acknowledged that some United Way officials had pressed for Ms. Beene’s departure, but said the software mishap was not a factor in her decision to leave.

United Way said that before Ms. Beene leaves she wants to complete a review of the governance and structure of the United Way system.

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