By Kenneth Hilario Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
Bill Golderer, founder of Broad Street Ministry, is the new chief executive of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Golderer takes over after Jim Cawley, who stepped down last year for an executive role at Temple University. Cawley became president and CEO in 2015; Mike DiCandilo led United Way in the interim.
Golderer was previously at Arch Street Presbyterian Church, and he is the founder of Broad Street Ministry and co-founder of restaurant Rooster Soup Co. — a joint venture between Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry.
“I took on this role because poverty looms as one of our greatest challenges – it traps our families and limits our entire region’s potential,” Golderer said in a statement.
“It’s time to stop families from passing on poverty through generations and provide opportunities for our youth and families to thrive," Golderer said. "Together, in partnership with the business community, the nonprofit sector, and our public officials, we can achieve this.”
Golderer will work closely with United Way's regional board of directors and corporate and community partners to lead efforts around ending intergenerational poverty, according to United Way.
“In Bill, United Way has found a mission-focused leader who truly understands the underlying issues that contribute to the experience of living in poverty, and who possesses a unique ability to bring people from all walks of life together in creative ways to make a positive difference for those in need," said Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and a United Way regional chapter board member who was on the executive search committee.
The organization, which is selling one of its Center City properties, raises approximately $50 million to support the regional nonprofit sector, with roughly $28 million of those dollars directed to its Impact Fund to end poverty in our communities.