RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Tom Dugard, president of the Triangle United Way since 1995, has resigned to become chief executive officer and president of the Heart of America United Way in Kansas City, Mo.
Dugard, who will begin his new job by Aug. 1, led the region’s United Way as it consolidated affiliates in Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
During that period, annual fundraising by the charity grew to $26.1 million from $15 million at an annual average of 10.7 percent.
He also oversaw establishment of a $1 million endowment and a shift away from funding only member agencies to distributing funds based on issues.
Dugard, who is leaving as the United Way prepares for its annual fall fundraising campaign, previously served as campaign manager of the United Way in Memphis and as executive director of affiliates in Enid, Okla., Saint Joseph, Mo., and Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Kansas City United Way, one the largest in the U.S., raises $39 million a year.