Lynne Liberato is passionate about United Way's work to help people achieve financial stability and build better futuresand she is passionate about raising the resources to make that work possible.
"I have come to the realization that, no matter how good our intentions, we have to spend money to have impact," Lynne says. "If I were to pick one thing that I'm most proud of, it's the contributions that I have made toward increasing the amount of money and the number of people that are donating to United Way."
A long-time donor and committed volunteer, Lynne knows United Way better than most. She has served the organization in almost every role imaginable, from chair of the Board of Trustees to chair of the Community Campaign. Lynne founded United Way's Law Initiative, which engages the legal community in giving back, and United Way THRIVE, a United Way-led collaborative that helps hardworking families and individuals achieve financial stability. She also chaired United Way's task forces for Tropical Storm Alison and Hurricanes Katrina Rita, Ike, and Harvey.
Lynne's service to United Way has given her an opportunity to see the organization's work and impact firsthand and has reinforced her and her husband's belief that United Way is the best way to help the most people.
"One of the things I've always appreciated about United Way is that investment decisions are driven by volunteers who get resources to the places where they're the most needed," Lynne says. "And so what I hope is that the money we leave to United Way will continue to support that effortfinding the best ways to stretch dollars as far as possible to help the most people and the people who need help most."
Lynne and her family believe United Way is especially effective at leveraging resources and relationships to ensure the greatest impact possible. They appreciate United Way's role as a leader and convener in our community social service sector and want to ensure that work continues.
"A legacy gift, especially one that's endowed, is a gift that keeps on giving," Lynne says. "My husband, James Flodine, and I determined that we wanted to leave a part of our estate to United Way, and I think the real advantage and the real reason to do it is because if you believe in the mission and the results, you can become a stable source of funding to make sure the work continues."