LEAD WITH PURPOSE


LEARN. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE. DONATE.

LEAD with Purpose partners with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to recruit and develop teams of community ambassadors within Buffalo & Erie County’s leading companies, who use their knowledge and skills to further their organization’s Philanthropic and Corporate Social Responsibility goals. 

Since 2018, over 250 participants representing 30+ leading local companies have engaged over 10,000 employees in giving, advocacy, and volunteering through this program (formerly known as the Corporate Loaned Executive Program.) 

Participants come from a variety of industries -- banking, retail, insurance, legal, manufacturing, accounting, entertainment, and hospitality -- but each recognizes the value of investing in community engagement and the leadership development of community-minded employees. Plus, Corporate Social Responsibility is linked to higher job satisfaction, reduced employee turnover, and increased consumer loyalty.


HOW IT WORKS

LEAD with Purpose provides participants with professional development, leadership training, and year-round engagement opportunities, while also increasing their insight into the work of United Way and our community’s most critical needs. LEAD with Purpose participants apply what they have learned to engage their organization’s employees through giving, advocacy, and volunteering. Participants also develop their leadership and other key soft skills that help them and their organizations succeed.


A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION IN LEAD WITH PURPOSE

 

BUILD KNOWLEDGE

LEAD with Purpose 1.0 - introduces servant leadership and builds understanding of critical community needs
Corporate Connections - exchange best practices for employee engagement and workplace giving 
LEAD with Purpose 2.0 - special topics related to Corporate Social Responsibility and employee engagement  

ENGAGE AND LEAD

Participants apply their leadership and team-building skills to operating your organization’s workplace giving and employee engagement programs

KEEP IN TOUCH

Year-round updates, networking, engagement tools and opportunities, leadership insights an community news

CELEBRATE SUCCESS

Recognize your team’s accomplishments and compete for the prestigious LEAD with Purpose Cup and Jacobs Cup


BECOME A PART OF LEAD WITH PURPOSE

To learn more about how you can join the LEAD with Purpose program, contact Elizabeth Parkes, LEADwithPurpose [at] uwbec.org.

PAST PARTICIPATING COMPANIES

Bank of America 
Barclay Damon 

BlueCross BlueShield of WNY 

Buffalo Bills 

Citi 

Delaware North 

DuPont 

Eastman Machine 

Erie County 

Fidelis Care 

GEICO

GM Tonawanda Engine/UAW Local 774 
HUNT Real Estate 

Independent Health 

Ingram Micro 

KeyBank 

Lawley 

Linde Technology Center 

M&T Bank 

Merchants Insurance Group 

Merrill Lynch 

National Fuel 

National Grid 
PCB Piezotronics 

Pegula Sports & Entertainment 

Pricewaterhouse Coopers 

Rich Products 

Sumitomo Rubber USA - Tonawanda Plant 

Tapecon Inc. 

The Travelers Companies 

Univera Healthcare 

Wegmans