After a banking career spanning over thirty years, Marc Shapiro retired in 2003 as vice chairman for finance and risk management at J.P. Morgan Chase & Company in New York. He and his wife, Jeri, returned to their native Houston and renewed their involvement in several nonprofit organizations, including United Way of Greater Houston.
"If you believe in the critical role the United Way plays in our community, then one way to demonstrate that conviction is to provide funds to ensure your annual level of giving continues after you are gone." says Marc, a member of United Way of Greater Houston's Alexis de Tocqueville Society Legacy Circle.
That is exactly what Marc and his wife, Jeri, have done. To them, endowing their gifts to the causes they care most about is an important part of their planning. The Shapiro's aim to create a stable source of funding for United Way through their future endowment. They know how important an organization like United Way is in times of crisis and are helping ensure United Way will be here to help our neighbors, even in the most difficult times.
Marc has been a United Way volunteer for many years and served as chair of the Community Campaign in 1989-90. In that role and subsequently, his greatest focus has been on helping to establish and grow United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society, a group of donors who contribute $10,000 or more annually.
More than any particular program, Marc believes in the principle of United Way. He has long recognized the importance of United Way's role as an organizer and a convener in our community's social service sector especially in times of crisis.
"I believe that each of us have an obligation to help those who are less fortunate," Marc says. "I have a strong belief that you need an organization to help coordinate the efforts of nonprofit organizations. That's the principle of United Way to help convene the social service community in a positive way and to make sure it is able to respond to crises. It plays a very valuable role."
Marc is a member of the boards of Baylor College of Medicine, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and the Baker Institute at Rice University. He is a founding trustee of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, former chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and trustee emeritus of Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Rice University.