Our region is losing a significant leader in philanthropy. With his retirement announcement, Chris Kerrigan became the third CEO of the three largest United Way’s in South Carolina to retire in recent months, following leaders in Columbia and Greenville.
While these departures make room for up-and-coming leaders, they also leave South Carolina philanthropy in a bit of an experience vacuum. Chris, and leaders like him, have successfully navigated the changing expectations of donors and corporations for more than two decades. In that time period, we have seen the rise of donor advised funds at foundations like my own, and the challenges brought by commercial providers offering similar financial tools. We have also seen a younger and more proactive donor base come into its own–donors who expect deep engagement, measurable impact and individual recognition for their time, talent, and treasure.
Chris has been a great leader in these highly disruptive and transformational times. As a colleague, friend and champion of the United Way network I will personally miss his leadership. As the Trident United Way seeks his replacement, the Coastal Community Foundation stands firm and committed to supporting that person’s success in their new role and the success of the United Way as a vitally important player in our integrated philanthropic ecosystem. Good luck Chris!
Darrin Goss, Sr.
President & CEO, Coastal Community Foundation