Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County, will retire in December after nearly 40 years of local, state and national United Way service. Prior to coming to Greenville in 2000, Hendry worked at United Way of Volusia County (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and United Way of Escambia County (Pensacola, Fla.).
This year will mark Hendry’s 40th United Way community campaign. Over his career, United Ways he has served have collectively raised over $300 million, $250 million of which was raised here in Greenville County. Under his leadership, United Way of Greenville County’s annual campaign has grown from $11 million to more than $16.5 million, and its endowment, The Poinsett Society, has grown from $5 million to more than $23 million.
Throughout his 17 years as president of United Way of Greenville County, Hendry has led with a community-first mindset and an unwavering commitment to forward-thinking and continuous improvement:
Investments of contributor dollars reflect United Way’s commitment to a mission-centered, outcome-focused approach that maximizes community impact. Programs and initiatives funded by United Way now align with strategies that support efforts to build a Cycle of Success, where all children start school prepared to learn and go on to graduate, well-educated graduates find good jobs and create stable homes, and children from stable homes continue the cycle because they start school on track and prepared to learn.
In 2010, United Way of Greenville County became a founding partner of the Institute for Child Success (ICS). Recognized locally, statewide and nationally for its efforts to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children, ICS works with government, service providers, funders and business leaders focused on early childhood development, healthcare and education.
Also in 2010, United Way of Greenville County merged with Hands On Greenville, leveraging the strengths of both organizations to increase the community’s capacity to provide meaningful volunteer engagement opportunities throughout Greenville County. United Way Hands On Greenville Day (HOG Day) has become the largest, single-day of service in Upstate South Carolina each year, and volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours of service to local organizations each year.
In 2014, United Way of Greenville County received its largest-ever federal grant award, a three-year, $3 million investment from the federal Social Innovation Fund. Those grant dollars, combined with $6 million in leveraged support from United Way of Greenville County, Greenville County Schools, Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy and other nonprofit partners, led to the creation of OnTrack Greenville, an innovative community initiative designed to ensure middle school youth stay on the right path toward high school graduation and post-high school success.
“Ted Hendry has dedicated his entire career to serving those in need through the work of United Way and we are incredibly fortunate to have had the benefit of his service here the last 17 years,” said 2017 Board Chair Michael Cinquemani. “Under Ted's leadership, United Way of Greenville County has been transformed into one of the highest performing United Ways in the country. With its commitment to community impact, United Way of Greenville County is focused on a bold and transformational plan that will create a Cycle of Success for all. Our community will forever be grateful for Ted’s contribution to our future.”
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve this great community,” said Hendry. “Seeing how much our community continues to accomplish when we work together shows just how special this community really is. To every United Way partner, donor and volunteer, thank you for the vital role you play in our community’s success every day. I look forward to continuing to support and celebrate the great work of United Way of Greenville County.”
United Way’s Board of Trustees will implement a national search for Hendry’s successor. Dick Wilkerson, retired chairman and president of Michelin North America, will lead the search committee.