Julian High

President and CEO

Julian High, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada, is an agent of transformative change and has a proven track record of elevating both nonprofits and for-profit organizations while fostering unity and progress. 

A native to Southern Nevada, Julian began his professional journey by breaking barriers as the Director of Community and Government Affairs for Sahara Gaming Corporation, the first African American to ever hold such a position within the gaming industry. This milestone marked the beginning of Julian’s trailblazing path, aligning philanthropic endeavors with local concerns. 

Driven by a passion for community service, Julian moved to the East Coast to spearhead national communication initiatives focused on creating employment opportunities at National Industries for the Blind. Later, as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources for the Human Rights Campaign, Julian championed the cause of equality for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. His exemplary leadership and unwavering commitment garnered national recognition for the organization’s endeavors in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Recently, as the Founder and President of J3H Platinum, an executive management consultancy, Julian empowered C-Suite executives to forge resilient, cohesive teams and develop effective communication, business, and political strategies. 

Motivated by a desire to serve the community where he was raised, Julian and his husband, Michael Vaughn, returned to Las Vegas. Julian’s upbringing in the historic Westside neighborhood of Regal Estates fueled his advocacy for connecting local communities with crucial resources, ensuring equitable opportunities for all to thrive. 

Julian is determined to leverage community resources, where together, we will extend access to education, workforce development, and comprehensive community support, paving the way for a more promising future for all. 

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High Notes

September 30, 2021

Dear Friend,

I am thrilled to share that Julian High has been appointed President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). As our valued supporter, we wanted to share this exciting news for our organization and all of Southern Nevada.

With decades of experience in driving change and raising the bar for nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Julian High is well-equipped to bring meaningful change as United Way of Southern Nevada’s President and CEO.

With deep roots in Las Vegas, Julian began his career as the Director of Community and Government Affairs for Sahara Gaming Corporation. As the first African American to serve in this role for a gaming corporation, Julian began his path to breaking new ground and aligning philanthropic giving with local issues.

Throughout his career, Julian has been a passionate advocate for equal opportunity for all through his work with the National Industries for the Blind and the Human Rights Campaign. Most recently, Julian served as the Founder and President of J3H Platinum, an executive management consultancy that has helped C-Suite executives build cohesive teams and create effective communications, business, and political strategies.

With the goal of devoting himself to helping the community where he grew up, Julian is a passionate leader who is inspired to leverage resources in our community to match the $10 million donation that UWSN received from Amazon co-founder MacKenzie Scott.

We invite you to personally meet Julian during United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on October 8. He is excited to begin his tenure on this day that means so much within Las Vegas as we join together to create change for the nonprofits and individuals in our community who need our help.

To stay connected with Julian’s leadership debut in the coming weeks, please watch your email for “High Notes”. At the heart of this communication is Julian’s desire to bring all of you along with him on this journey to provide support for our entire community and make sure you are deeply involved in our shared impacts.

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to working together with you to realize the United Way of Southern Nevada’s mission of uniting our community to improve lives.

Most sincerely,

Ann Simmons Nicholson
Board Chair
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 1, 2021

Dear Friend,

I wanted to share with you my deepest gratitude for your support. As United Way of Southern Nevada’s President and CEO, I am
humbled by this opportunity to serve the community where I grew up. I will share my journey through these “High Notes”, so that
together we can realize the mission of United Way of Southern Nevada.

When I think about what our United Way team has accomplished for our community, I am incredibly inspired. This team raised over $2.4 million during the pandemic to help over 179,000 individuals and families keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Amazon co-founder MacKenzie Scott was so moved by the work that we provided to our local community that she invested $10 million to help ensure more individuals would receive support. This provides a critical foundation upon which we can collectively build to increase our impact in the community.

I am proud to announce funding to 38 organizations, five times as many than in years past, that will help provide quality education, workforce development and support to our community. Most importantly, these 38 organizations will help a diverse group of individuals throughout Southern Nevada.

This week, I had the opportunity to see this investment in action and meet two of our community funded partners, Leaders in Training and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. At Leaders in Training, I saw the power and vision of founder Erica Mosca in action as she helps first-generation college students accomplish their dreams, attend college, and come back to serve our community. At Catholic Charities, I saw the critical work of this organization in keeping individuals safe and off the street by providing support, a warm meal, and shelter.

We couldn’t do any of this work without the support of our dedicated Board of Directors. During our first Board Meeting together, I witnessed the true partnership that it takes to create change in our community. I was inspired by one of our board members, Marta Poling Schmitt, who demonstrated her commitment by holding an Oktoberfest Fundraiser garnering new support for UWSN.

When I look to the future and all that we can accomplish together, I am so excited to meet you next Friday, October 8 at our Day of Caring. We need your support to help nonprofits across the Valley, so I invite you to come out and join our team.

I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you, so please do not hesitate to reach out. Together, we can accomplish so much more. If you would like to receive a weekly update, please send an email to Marketing@uwsn.org. I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you!

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Most sincerely,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 7, 2021

Hello Friend,

What a phenomenal, exciting week! Our team has been working day and night to prepare for our Day of Caring, our community’s largest day of volunteering. I invite you to come out and join us tomorrow, October 8 at 8:30am and make a difference for your favorite nonprofit. We will be meeting at Town Square on The Green (next to Guitar Center). If it’s raining, we will move the kickoff indoors to Stoney’s Rockin’ Country near The Green. A huge thank you to Chris Lowden and the Lowden family for their generous donation of our alternative indoor space.

Even during the pandemic, over 550 volunteers are giving back during our Day of Caring to help 40 agencies with 54 projects. We still have in-person and virtual family-inclusive volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers have the opportunity to help beautify apartments for local families, clean up gardens at Southern Nevada schools, create care packages for soon-to-be college students among many other opportunities.

When I think about how this work will make an impact for young students, families, seniors, and those who depend on the important work of our nonprofit partners, I know that we are fulfilling our mission in a meaningful way.

I am incredibly grateful for the support of our amazing sponsors featured below. Thank you to our media sponsors, Las Vegas Review Journal and KTNV 13 Action News for helping us to engage the community. A special thank you to our board chair, Ann Simmons Nicholson, and board member, Marta Poling Schmitt for your Day of Caring sponsorship.

I look forward to working closely together with you to help provide everyone the opportunity to succeed in our beloved city. I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our Day of Caring!

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Sincerely,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 15, 2021

Hello Friends,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of our Day of Caring last Friday, October 8. It was so inspiring to see our community unite in such a meaningful way to help thousands of families, students, seniors and individuals during our Day of Caring. We demonstrated our true Las Vegas spirit and deployed over 650 volunteers who served at 40 agencies with 54 projects.

I am incredibly grateful for the huge outpouring of support from our 21 corporate partners featured here and all of the volunteers, nonprofits and individuals that made this year’s Day of Caring so amazing. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Chris Lowden and the Lowden family, we were able to bring our event inside at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country. The energy was contagious, and we were all thankful to be safe and warm and out of the rain!

During this important day, we saw the power of our United Way coming together as we provide support for one in four individuals in Southern Nevada. Please check out the Day of Caring photos here and if you have feedback about the event, please reach out to Savanna Sibley, our Volunteer Engagement and Events Manager at SavannaS@uwsn.org.

I had the opportunity to visit Salvation Army and the Just One Project. At Salvation Army, I joined a group of young volunteers from Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory High School to help sort over 1,500 toys that will be distributed to children in need during the holiday season. At the Just One Project, we distributed bags of food to over 150 cars that depend on this support to feed their families and volunteered with our media sponsor and master of ceremonies, Tricia Kean from KTNV Channel 13. A huge thank you to our media sponsors KTNV Channel 13 and the Las Vegas Review Journal and all of the media outlets who provided the incredible media coverage.

It’s an exciting time for our United Way. The community is stepping up to support us in an amazing way with $27,500 donated in just one day thanks to the generosity of Cyrus and Joanne Spurlino of The Spurlino Foundation and Steven Comer. Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate and lift up the voices and stories of our Hispanic brothers and sisters during our Hispanic Heritage Month #United4Equity Screening and Panel of the documentary “Dolores. Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.” We were truly amazed that the star of the film, Dolores Huerta, joined us for our Hispanic Heritage Month panel that also featured Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, Bliss Requa-Trautz from Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, and Professor Ruben Garcia from the UNLV William Boyd School of Law. We want to extend a special thanks to our event partners, the Office of Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, La Voz Las Vegas, UNLV William Boyd School of Law, and Art Houz Theaters.

As we look forward to upcoming events, we invite you to help empower local women return to the workplace and gather your women’s professional items for our Women United Suit Drive on November 4-5. To learn more and be a part of this dynamic group of women leaders, visit uwsn.org/WomenUnited.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Sincerely,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 22, 2021

Hello Friends,

As Hispanic Heritage Month concludes, we are so proud to celebrate the local heroes who work tirelessly for our community.

We were inspired to personally meet Dolores Huerta and hear about her journey in the fight for racial and labor justice during our #United4Equity Hispanic Heritage Month Panel Discussion of the PBS Documentary DOLORES. We are incredibly grateful for the support of Councilwoman Olivia Diaz during the panel and for being a long-time advocate for the Hispanic and Latino community in Southern Nevada. We are creating a stronger community thanks to local champions like Councilwoman Diaz, Bliss Requa-Trautz of Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, and Professor Ruben Garcia from the UNLV William Boyd School of Law. In the words of Dolores, “we’ve got the people power” and we can use it to make our community better together.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the urgent need to connect deeper with our local Hispanic and Latino community. Through the leadership of Janet Quintero, Director of Community and Government Affairs at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), UWSN began hosting “Junta Comunitaria del Sector Social,” the Spanish-language version of UWSN’s Nonprofit Sector Call. Janet also began
hosting “Unidos Por Nevada,” a bi-weekly radio show on 1460AM to connect the Spanish-speaking community with trusted and reliable resources.

Through visits with our 38 funded nonprofits, we have witnessed the incredible impact that our partners like Chicanos Por La Causa have made in empowering the next generation of Hispanic and Latino leaders. This inspiring organization delivers an array of education, trade training, and workforce services to young adults in Southern Nevada.

In the coming weeks, we will help local women prepare for career opportunities by providing professional items to those returning to the workplace through our Women United Suit Drive. You can support local women and help them gain the confidence to succeed as they get ready to take the next step in their careers by donating to the drive from November 4 through 5 at the UWSN Office.

Your continued partnership and support means so much to families, students, seniors, and
individuals across Southern Nevada.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Sincerely,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 29, 2021

Hello Friends,

It has been an incredibly inspirational week! I had the opportunity to be inspired by stories from local students, connect with community leaders, and speak to the media about the importance of supporting local women through our Women United Suit Drive.

At the Project 150 partner tour, we heard stories of students who are focused on beating the odds, going to college, and securing a career that will lead them on a path to success. One student that had a huge impact on our team was Rosy. As the granddaughter of immigrants, Rosy was inspired to fight for her grandparent’s dream of a better future for their family and worked hard to realize this dream by excelling in her education. Through hard work and dedication, Rosy beat the odds by graduating high school as valedictorian with a 5.2 GPA. Thanks to the support of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) and Project 150, Rosy will be attending UNLV Medical School in the Fall.

As we connect with the community and bring partners together for change, I had the distinct honor to attend the “Freedom Fund” NAACP of Las Vegas 2021 Gala and the 2021 Silver State Equality Awards. The intersectionality of the important work we are doing in support of our neighbors and friends in Southern Nevada was magnified in a moment of solidarity with the amazing leadership and courage of our own local NAACP. There is so much to be done and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the NAACP and other important partners ready to get the work done. Thank you Roxanne McCoy, Tony Gladney, Hannah Brown, Gene Collins, and many others in our local NAACP for the work you are doing to help make Southern Nevada a better place for everyone. The incredible leaders whom I met at these key events showed the impact that we can have when we work collaboratively as a community.

As our team continues our quest to help local women prepare to return to the workplace, I had the opportunity to share more about our Women United Suit Drive with “97.1 The Point” Host, Stephanie Mackenzie and other media outlets throughout the community. We invite you to join us and donate your women’s professional items during the Women United Suit Drive November 4 through 5 at the UWSN Office.

When we work together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. As Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. Let’s continue to unite our diverse community to ensure that every person in Southern Nevada has the opportunity to succeed.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 5, 2021

Hello Friends,

Thank you for another incredible week! As we work to ensure everyone has the support they need to succeed, we’re grateful for the opportunity to meet with local leaders such as Councilwoman Olivia Diaz and hear the amazing stories of impact from our Day of Caring.

We were truly inspired after meeting with Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, her team members, and intern from Cristo Rey St. Viator, Anacidalia Rivera. Councilwoman Diaz connected with our team about what it means to be a trailblazer and create change within our community. Anacidalia shared about the significant experience of being represented by a councilwoman that looks like her and has a similar background. We were proud to see Councilwoman Diaz including our next generation of leaders in these important discussions.

We want to thank you again for helping to make meaningful change during our Day of Caring. We heard gratitude from nonprofits about the support that they received and from sponsors who appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community. Volunteers shared with us the excitement of being able to unite together with others and provide help to nonprofits throughout Southern Nevada. We invite you to check out the video below that captures the energy of this important day!

As we look forward to the upcoming week, we are thrilled to experience a life- changing event – the presentation of four refurbished vehicles to four deserving Las Vegas families, including two veterans in need of reliable transportation. Thank you to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program for hosting this event at our office and allowing us to be a part of this momentous day.

As Seth Godin said, “Empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has.” We invite you to inspire our next generation of leaders and continue to encourage them to be all that they can be.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring. Pax,

Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

November 12, 2021

Hello Friends,

What an inspiring week it’s been! A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s 14th Annual Women United Suit Drive an incredible success!

It was incredibly heartwarming to see our Women United members and individuals from across theValley donate an amazing 5,506 women’s professional clothing items! Thanks to the LIVE interviews on FOX 5 Vegas and KTNV 13 Action News, we saw a huge influx of clothing and accessories donations that will support local women as they prepare for job interviews and achieve financial stability. We are proud to work with our fellow nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities, Dress for Success of Southern Nevada, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, HELP of Southern Nevada, SafeNest, and S.A.F.E. House to ensure that these items are distributed to those who need it the most in our community. To view photos from this year’s event, click here.

As we look forward to the holidays and increasing support for those struggling to provide for their families, we are thrilled to announce, “Everyone Deserves Hope.” Everyone Deserves Hope is an opportunity to help local individuals stay in their homes, provide for their families, and assist students to graduate and succeed. We look forward to sharing stories of the impact of your donations. We invite you to join us and learn more at uwsn.org/hope or text “HOPELV” to 313131.

As Jonas Salk said, “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” We encourage you to help individuals, families, and students in Southern Nevada make their dreams a reality by giving the gift of hope today.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 19, 2021

Hello Friends,

What a rewarding week it’s been! We were incredibly honored to host a Thanksgiving Meal distribution with Las Vegas Raiders player, Casey Hayward, and his foundation, Hayward’s Hands.

In partnership with the Hayward’s Hands Foundation, we distributed Thanksgiving meal packages to 60 elementary school students and their families from Matt Kelly E.S. through a contactless drive-through event held at the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) office. UWSN is dedicated to providing hope to local families in need and we were proud to help Southern Nevadans receive essential support during this holiday season.

As we show our appreciation, we would like to give a special thanks to Congresswoman Susie Lee for meeting with us on Veteran’s Day and for taking the time to discuss the myriad of issues facing the nonprofit sector in Southern Nevada. We would also like to welcome our new community partner The Tapestry Foundation to Southern Nevada and thank them for their generous support. We look forward to continuing to build great relationships with our community leaders and fellow local nonprofit organizations.

Most recently, we are thrilled to engage with some of our most steadfast supporters, Tocqueville Society, through a gathering of our members yesterday evening. Tocqueville Society members are philanthropists who have demonstrated extraordinary generosity to our community by investing $10,000 or more annually. These members make an outstanding commitment to ensuring Southern Nevadans have the opportunity to succeed. Special
thanks to Ann Simmons Nicholson, Diane Carlson, Rev. Dr. Marta Poling Schmitt, Gloria Fine, Sue Lowden, and Lynn Weidner for your tremendous support of this event. We look forward to sharing more about Tocqueville Society in later editions of High Notes.

As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” We encourage you to join us and give hope to those who need it most this holiday season by visiting uwsn.org/hope.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 26, 2021

Hello Friends,

We hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! During this holiday season, we would like to express how thankful we are to all of you, our wonderful supporters, community partners, and fellow Southern Nevadans. We truly could not carry out our mission of uniting our community to improve people’s lives without your unwavering support.

We would like to show you the impact your support has had within our community over the past year through the video below.

As we look towards the end of the year, we would like to share ways for you to get involved during the holiday season, including joining us for the Jerusalema Dance Challenge. The Jerusalema Dance Challenge is a worldwide phenomenon that has gone viral with the goal of bringing diverse community members together in a dance that represents unity, peace, and hope during these challenging times. Click here to see UWSN participating in the Jerusalema Dance Challenge, learn how you can join, and to read more about volunteering during the holiday season.

As Amy Collette said, “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul”. Join us and spread gratitude, joy, and hope to Southern Nevadans in our beloved community by making a gift today at uwsn.org/hope. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 3, 2021

Hello Friends,

As we celebrate the holiday season, we think about how grateful we are for you and all of the people and community leaders who have helped to provide hope throughout the year.

We are proud to announce United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) Women United has invested $195,000 in the Southern Nevada community. These funds will support an additional six local nonprofits that provide support to women and families in Southern Nevada. This investment is a continuation of the 2021 UWSN Community Impact Grant program which began with the generous support of philanthropist and Amazon co-founder, MacKenzie Scott.

We have been diligently working to ensure that families receive the support that they deserve by joining Congressman Steven Horsford and Deputy Secretary of Treasury, Wally Adyemo at the Child Tax Credit Roundtable to help make the Child Tax Credit permanent. We also thank Congresswoman Dina Titus’ staff members for meeting with us and showing their support of our work.

We thank Family Promise for inviting us to join their 25-year celebration. We would also like to give special recognition to our Board Member, Diane Carlson, for providing valuable training to our Fund Development Team.

As we think about all of the families who need help this holiday season, I invite you to join us and provide hope to one in four individuals in Southern Nevada. As Christopher Reeve said, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” We encourage you to join us and choose to give hope this holiday season at uwsn.org/hope.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 12, 2021

Hello Friends,

From the bottom of my heart, I wanted to thank you for your support and share some holiday inspiration. You have helped us to make a widespread impact in 2021 and provide support to one in four residents in our community. This week, it was our honor to meet young leaders like Jennifer Ashley at Leaders in Training (LIT). Jennifer Ashley not only received support to graduate the UNLV nursing program at LIT; she is now employed by LIT to help empower future leaders and provide support for her family. Jennifer Ashley is setting an example for her three younger siblings and empowering the next generation of future leaders.

It’s leaders like Jennifer Ashley that fuel our passion for giving back and uniting our community. We continue to collaborate and meet with Michael Brazier, President and CEO of United Way of Northern Nevada & the Sierra and the City of Las Vegas. We are helping to ensure that children receive a quality early education and individuals receive support to keep a roof over their heads.

We created a Holiday Volunteering Guide to provide opportunities to give back through volunteering, including the worldwide Jerusalema Dance Challenge phenomenon. iHeartRadio was so inspired by the Jerusalema Dance Challenge and the opportunity to win a year of Pinkbox Doughnuts, that they asked us to share the details found at uwsn.org/holiday.

We wanted to invite you to join us and help to provide hope during this holiday season. Please visit uwsn.org/hope to learn more about how just a small gift can mean so much for students like Jennifer Ashley.

There are so many inspirational stories of hope that you have helped us to create in 2021. In the words of National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, “We, becoming of the common good so there to care to be hope- sighted, never divided for when we live to give, we always live united.”

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 17, 2021

Hello Friends,

What an incredible week it’s been! I want to thank you for your continued support of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) and for providing HOPE to Southern Nevadans this holiday season.

This week we had the distinct honor of visiting four of our newest community nonprofit partners and learning more about what they do to help Southern Nevadans throughout the Valley. We are proud to share that thanks to your support over the past four months, UWSN and our nonprofit partners have provided:

• 985 students with access to a quality education
• 779 people with job training to add to their professional skills
• 2,747 people with community support to keep a roof over their heads, the lights on, and food on the table

We extend deep gratitude to our fellow community leaders that support UWSN and the important work we’re doing together throughout the region. Thank you, Diane Carlson (UWSN Board Member), for working side-by-side with our team and providing us with best practice training. We would also like to thank Boyd Gaming for their continued commitment to our United Way through the Boyd Gaming Community Room. Located on the first floor of our building, this is a wonderful space that enables collaborative conversations and events to drive solutions to our community’s greatest needs.

Lastly, we had the pleasure of meeting at Vegas PBS with our fellow nonprofits during their Nevada Week segment to discuss our Everyone Deserves Hope Campaign, made possible through the support of UWSN’s presenting sponsor, The Tapestry Foundation, and Angel Hero sponsor, The Siegel Group (through their charity, Siegel Cares). We invite you to get involved and learn how you can provide hope during this holiday season by visiting us at uwsn.org/hope.

As Mattie Stepanek said, “Unity is strength… When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful can be achieved.“ Let’s continue to achieve wonderful things for our community and provide hope this holiday season!

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring. Pax,

Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

During this special holiday season, I wanted to send a personal message of gratitude to each of you (our supporters, fellow nonprofits, and community leaders). United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is deeply grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and continue our important work together.

Since being appointed President and CEO of UWSN, I have visited numerous nonprofit partners in the community and am truly humbled by their commitment and dedication to assist Southern Nevadans. As I reflect upon this incredibly challenging year, it’s important that we continue to find ways to serve those most in need across the Las Vegas valley through the support of our 44 nonprofit partners. Learn more about our nonprofit partners at uwsn.org/everyone

As the end of 2021 nears, our goal is to continue to provide hope to our Southern Nevada community throughout the holiday season and specifically through our Everyone Deserves Hope campaign. At the forefront of this campaign support is The Tapestry Foundation, who has demonstrated an incredible commitment to our community, and the Siegel Group (through their charity, Siegel Cares) who has continued to marvel us with their generosity. As UWSN continues to provide hope to one in four Southern Nevadans, I ask for your support by making a donation today at uwsn.org/hope.

It has been said that the true measure of a friend is seeing how they respond in the toughest moment and UWSN is truly grateful to have so many generous and caring friends. We wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 29, 2021

Dear Friend,

On behalf of United Way of Southern Nevada, thank you for your continued support of our wonderful Southern Nevada community. As the year comes to a close, I encourage you to join us and spread HOPE to families in our community this holiday season by making your end-of-year donation TODAY at uwsn.org/hope.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year and look forward to staying connected in 2022.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 7, 2022

Dear Friend,

Miriam Gomez knew she wanted to go to college, but she didn’t know how to get there. That’s when she found Leaders in Training, a local nonprofit that helps students become the first in their families to go to college. Over the course of three years in their high school program, Miriam learned about how to apply for college, take entrance exams, get through the federal student aid application, and how to inspire the next generation of future leaders to be successful within the community.

Thanks to your support of United Way of Southern Nevada and our nonprofit partner, Leaders in Training, we can continue to provide hope to future leaders like Miriam and encourage students to break down barriers and achieve their dream of attending college. Click here to read more about Miriam’s story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Thank you for your continued support of our beloved Southern Nevada community. I encourage you to join us and spread HOPE throughout our community by making a donation today at uwsn.org/hope.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada
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January 14, 2022

Dear Friend,

Two years ago, Luis Monsivais was living in a group home where he thought no one cared about the children. He was determined to be independent and wanted to find support to reach his goals. That’s when he found El Shaddai Refuge Homes, a nonprofit dedicated to providing transitional housing for displaced people and creating a safety net for former foster kids after they age out of the system.
Luis was able to receive assistance with finding housing, looking for a job, and was provided a bus pass. Luis now lives in an apartment with a roommate, works as a cashier, and spends his time helping his friends find every opportunity to succeed.

Thanks to your support of United Way of Southern Nevada and our nonprofit partner, El Shaddai Refuge Homes, we can continue to provide young adults with the opportunity for a brighter future. Click here to read more about Luis’ story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Thank you for your continued support of our beloved Southern Nevada community. I encourage you to join us and spread HOPE throughout our community by making a donation today at uwsn.org/hope.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 21, 2022

Dear Friend,

Have you seen the statistic that millions of Americans are just one paycheck away from homelessness? While this statement—both referenced by MarketWatch and the National Alliance to End Homelessness—sounds shocking, it was sadly a recent reality for a Henderson mother.

Two years ago, Diane Parkinson was unemployed and was worried about becoming homeless; she turned to local nonprofit HopeLink for help during these challenging times. HopeLink provides services such as housing assistance, food pantry access, and a separate CareerLink service for support with job searches and building resumes. Diane is now living in temporary housing, receiving help with her resume, and is on the path to finding her career job.

Learn more about Diane’s journey and how United Way of Southern Nevada, in partnership with HopeLink, helped her find hope in this recent feature in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Stories like this one bring me absolute joy knowing that with your support, we are truly impacting families in our community.

I am grateful for your continued support of our organization helping others in the city we all call home, and I ask you to join us to spread HOPE in Las Vegas by donating today at uwsn.org/hope.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2022

Dear Friend,

I think we can all agree that parenting is hard. And raising children during a global pandemic is even more challenging. Las Vegas mom Bianca faced a situation that many parents sometimes do, she was at her wits’ end and heavily struggled to keep her mental health afloat. Bianca shares that she felt like she was going to burst with “the stress of being a single mom, with COVID and trying to
maintain school and grades and work by myself.”

Bianca found hope through Boys Town Nevada, a UWSN community funded partner. With this nonprofit, Bianca finally felt like she had a place to turn to for support. Discover how Boys Town Nevada helped her learn how to be a successful parent—with support and advice she needed during situations she didn’t know how to handle—in this recent Las Vegas Review-Journal story.

It is through real stories like Bianca’s that illuminate how United Way of Southern Nevada’s partner organizations like Boys Town Nevada truly impact Las Vegas families. If her journey—and how Boys Town Nevada helped her learn to love herself—inspired you, won’t you consider donating to bring HOPE to others in our community at uwsn.org/hope? Local parents and families need our support today.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 4, 2022

Dear Friend,

Because of support from community heroes like you, we are thrilled to share that we raised $407,091 from our “Everyone Deserves Hope” campaign! These funds will go to help Southern Nevadans stay in their homes, provide for their families, and assist students to graduate and succeed. I am amazed at these results and eternally thankful to all of our supporters for continuing to meet the growing
needs in our community.

Did you know that UWSN has massively expanded our community impact grant program—including funding more than six times the number of non-profit organizations? With this vast increase, we can help more people than ever and focus on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. I am very passionate about our commitments within these areas and applaud our 44 funded organizations for their work to support Southern Nevadans.

We also are beyond grateful for the support from local and national companies who have committed to giving the gift of hope to Southern Nevadans, including UWSN’s Presenting Sponsor, The Tapestry Foundation, and our Angel Hero Sponsor, The Siegel Group (through their charity, Siegel Cares). We also thank the generosity of NV Energy, Barclays US Consumer Bank, Kichler, and Charles Schwab. And thank you for the support and generosity you have shown in bringing hope to our community.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 11. 2022

Dear Friend,

What a week for our beloved city— from the NHL All-Star Weekend to the NFL Pro Bowl, it was an extraordinary sports weekend for Las Vegas! This coming from someone who doesn’t know the difference between a field goal or a touchdown. It is an exciting time to live in this Valley that we love to support and call home.

I had the honor of attending the Annual NFL Hall of Fame Pro Bowl Reception on February 3rd, hosted by legendary quarterback Warren Moon at Lawry’s Prime Rib. I was moved by Warren Moon’s dedication to supporting our youth and future leaders from organizations such as T.U.L.I.P.S. and Leaders in Training (LIT), two of United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) community partners who were also in attendance this evening. Through the generosity of Warren Moon, we were able to raise funds that allow us to continue to support our nonprofit community partners such as T.U.L.I.P.S and LIT. Please check out Warren Moon’s appearance on The Morning Blend, where he shares his goal “to raise as much money as we can for UWSN.”

Another important way that UWSN demonstrates its commitment to Southern Nevada is by partnering with Clark County to distribute federal funding for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs (EFSP). There is now over $5.8 million in federal funds available through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Read this Las Vegas Review-Journal story to learn more about the program; the newly-extended deadline for organizations to apply for funding is Monday, February 14, 2022 at 5 PM.

Thank you again for your continued support of our incredible community. It takes all of us coming together to ensure that every person in Southern Nevada has the opportunity to succeed.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 17, 2022

Dear Friend,

Black History Month is very important to me, and I was honored to be a part of two different initiatives this week to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our society and culture. On Wednesday, we had a nonprofit sector documentary pre screening of The Skin You’re In with the Executive Writer and Producer, Dr. Thomas LaVeist. Together, we explored barriers the Black Community faces regarding health and wellness in our nation.

Yesterday, United Way of Southern Nevada hosted a riveting panel discussion during our Nonprofit Sector Call to celebrate Black History Month. Will Rucker from Compassionate Las Vegas led a panel to discuss The Skin You’re In— including Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman, Dr. Melva Thompson-Robinson from UNLV’s School of Public Health, and me. During the discussion, I was proud to share what Black History Month means to me and how we can collaborate to create a more equitable community for all. In the next volume of High Notes, I will share more about my personal journey and perspective on the importance of Black History Month.

Happy Black History Month!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 4, 2022

Dear Friend,

While March is known for springtime, Women’s History Month, and March Madness, I wanted to take the time to reflect on last month’s celebration of Black History Month in today’s High Notes. So please join me as I do so in my premier blog post: Reflections on Poinciana, Ahmad Jamal, the end of Black History Month, and your United Way of Southern Nevada at uwsn.org/julian. I share my thoughts on some of my inspirations, as well as detail how I was out in the community in celebration of African American contributions to our great nation.

You might note that today’s edition of High Notes is the first in two weeks. Did you miss my weekly musings about UWSN and our amazing community? This is because I needed the opportunity and time to catalog my thoughts on the meaningful happenings—for Black History Month and in interacting with those in our community who UWSN has the honor to serve. Again, thank you for your support of our mission, and please do connect if my musings struck a note within you.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 18, 2022

Dear Friend,

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) had the honor to host an incredible evening for members of our Tocqueville Society last week: an aptly named Exquisite Dinner with Global Wine Pairings. After a welcome from Tocqueville Society co-chairs, Diane Carlson and Marta Poling Schmitt, guests had the opportunity to hear from UWSN’s Director of Donor Relationships, Brett McAnnany, as he guided attendees through an inspirational wine experience and chef-curated menu.

As Brett spoke, he also shared his personal journey that ultimately brought him to UWSN. Brett came to join the UWSN team after a storied career as a Key Accounts Director with Southern Glazier Wine and Spirits – which makes him a fitting sommelier to lead us through this experience. Before he shared details on the four wines, he spoke about his parents and their life-long devotion to each other, their family, and the Las Vegas community. Inspired by his parents, Brett shifted his career focus to the non- profit sector when he joined the UWSN family last year.

Brett’s story is just one of many Southern Nevadans. He serves in gratitude for the gifts bestowed upon him by our beloved community and is dedicated to helping ensure that every person in Southern Nevada has the opportunity to succeed. Of the many places Brett’s journey has taken him, I am happy to say that UWSN is one of them and that Brett is part of our team. He is out in our community, sharing our message of hope and raising funds to support the work of UWSN. I want to offer the highest praise for those in our Tocqueville Society, it was indeed an exquisite evening. These philanthropists demonstrate extraordinary generosity by investing $10,000 or more annually to UWSN. To learn more about our Tocqueville Society, please click here.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 25, 2022

Dear Friend,

Congress declared March as Women’s History Month in 1987; since then, we have honored women’s contributions throughout American history. I want to take this opportunity to spotlight several women who have impacted our community with their leadership and service.

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is proud to have three dynamic women on our Executive Leadership Team. Our COO, Kelly Shaw is an innovative leader in the non-profit sector; she provides strategic direction and encourages private and public support for UWSN. Terri Rencher, VP of Human Resources, stepped in as interim COO during an organizational transformation and has since led HR and helped shape the culture within our team. Senior Director of Fund Development, Audrey Daley, has the vital task of overseeing relationships with corporate donors to make critical community investments.

In my role, I am honored to consistently meet women who are making considerable strides in Southern Nevada. For example, last week, I visited Lutheran Social Services of Nevada—a funded partner of UWSN that is led by Executive Director Armena Mkhitaryan. LSSN’s mission is to “express the love of Christ by serving and caring for people in need.” I also attended the Cultural Diversity Foundation’s Educational Taste of Excellence benefit. Dr. Joni Flowers is the group’s Founder, President, and Executive Director; her organization’s goal is to empower our community through education.

March is the month to celebrate incredible women—including Ms. Mkhitaryan, Dr. Flowers, and all the women serving their community on the UWSN team— whose efforts make our city, country, and world a better place. Please join me in celebrating the women in our lives who make a significant impact!

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 1, 2022

Dear Friend,

I am elated to share something that has been in the works for quite a while—six and a half decades, to be precise. This year, United Way of Southern Nevada celebrates its 65th anniversary of making meaningful impact in our community. Today, it is my honor to kick off a year of celebratory events and initiatives, and you are cordially invited to join us for community-wide festivities. UWSN started out as United Fund of Clark County our first year. We were humbled to serve 55,000 then. And now, UWSN and our funded community partners are proud to impact 1 in 4 Southern Nevadans across the valley.

This is a very personal commemoration of our organization’s impact in Las Vegas. We’ve been doing this since before “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. UWSN has been doing this since before the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign greeted visitors, before the extraordinary group of entrepreneurs and business leaders opened the majority of Las Vegas Boulevard’s world- class resorts and casinos, and before professional sports teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Raiders brought major league excitement to our city. Please watch the video below to learn more about our 65th anniversary celebration:

Want a preview of what’s in store as we celebrate this thrilling milestone? Next month, we will begin with our Golf United Tournament at the Revere Golf Club. Then, we will host the community’s largest volunteer opportunity in the autumn—Day of Caring. Our celebration will culminate with our spectacular Legends Ball, uniting and honoring local leaders who have played an instrumental role in the growth and transformation of the community. You can learn more about these signature events and how you can join this community- wide celebration at uwsn.org/65.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

April 8, 2022

Dear Friend,

Last week, we launched the celebration of our 65th-anniversary. 65 years is a long time to show up in support of this community, and we are honored and humbled to do so! We are beginning this journey with you with a sense of purpose and humility. Join me in saying “fore” on May 26th at the Revere Golf Club in Henderson for our first signature anniversary celebratory event called “Golf United,” celebrating 65 years of our work in the community and honoring the legends and lions—here in Southern Nevada.

While I’m no Tiger Woods, I fully intend to be there and host you in my United Way Masters finery, settled among the beautifully manicured greens and fantastic views of the Las Vegas strip. It is going to be a glorious event indeed!

I encourage you to put your foursomes together and in doing so, demonstrate that you stand with UWSN in helping those most in need. Trust me when I say that we begin bright and early with check-in at 6:30 am and a shotgun start at 8:00 am. We are honored that KLUC’s Chet Buchanan will be emceeing our awards luncheon.

Here’s the thing—the 65th-Anniversary Golf United Tournament is our kickoff event, and we need our community to show up and show out in support of UWSN. We have been doing this since before Tiger Woods became the first player to win four consecutive major golf championships, and with your support, UWSN will continue to serve people in the community for years to come. Please register today and meet me on the green at the Revere Golf Club on May 26th for our kickoff celebratory event.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 15, 2022

Dear Friend,

A week from today, we celebrate Earth Day. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Mother Earth than an upcoming event with our funded partner Green Our Planet. This beloved local non-profit teaches students to love and care for our planet through comprehensive STEM school garden and hydroponics programs throughout the United States. Next Friday, April 22nd, join us at Green Our Planet’s Giant Student Farmers Market from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Downtown Summerlin.

While we are on the topic of Green Our Planet, I was recently thrilled to attend the organization’s Secret Garden Party soirée.
During this event at GreenGale Farms, Don and Dee Snyder made a $25,000 commitment to support Green Our Planet, the Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School, and United Way of Southern Nevada. I want to express my deep gratitude and sincere appreciation for the Snyders’ extraordinary generosity and their longtime support of UWSN. They are an exemplary example of leaders who strive for the betterment of our community and have created lasting change for years to come. We are honored to be a long-standing beneficiary of their support.

As I reflect on Don and Dee Snyder’s leadership in the community, I cannot help but think about United Way of Southern Nevada’s 65th anniversary. As I have mentioned, we will host the Legend’s and Lion’s Ball in October to honor those men and women like the Snyders’ who have dedicated their lives to making our community a better place. I am humbled to think about this spirit of generosity and investment in Las Vegas, and I hope you will join us in celebration at signature events throughout the year. Learn more: uwsn.org/65.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 22, 2022

Dear Friend,

When I joined United Way of Southern Nevada last autumn, one of the questions I received the most was, “Why should I donate to UWSN when I can donate my money directly to my charity of choice?” There are so many reasons to support the many funded community partners that we work with—and your donation goes to helping Las Vegans across a wide variety of vetted non-profit organizations. You can support a multitude of incredible causes across our community while knowing your money reaches one in four Southern Nevadans. We have been doing this since 1957 – before what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

This week, my team had the inspirational opportunity to tour one of these such community partners, El Shaddai Refuge Homes CDC. An organization dedicated to assisting those displaced in the Las Vegas valley, its primary objective is to combat and prevent homelessness. This community development corporation offers its clientele housing, case management, transportation, childcare, food, clothing, and life skills training. During our visit, we experienced first-hand how this UWSN-funded community partner makes a meaningful impact on people in Las Vegas.

El Shaddai supports people like Taylor, a youth aging out of the foster care system. Through funding from UWSN, Taylor gained skills and training to discover what type of career path to take. With expertise and training from the El Shaddai Refuge Homes program, Taylor is now a childcare worker and prepared for the next phase of life. Our visit inspired me and my team. I hope you can see how impactful your collective dollars can and are effecting a myriad of community programs. Through support from people like you, UWSN and our funded community partners can make lasting contributions to Southern Nevadans. I continue to be humbled, inspired, grateful, and not ashamed to say… we have been doing this since 1957.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 29, 2022

Dear Friend,

As April comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the past weeks that make up both Compassion Month and National Volunteer Month. A busy month, we had many happenings to keep compassion, dignity, and volunteerism at the forefront. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, our team has been very active in the community with our funded partners. One of the ways you can support the work of UWSN is by following us on social media to discover spotlights of some of our incredible volunteers.

Last week, it was my honor to join Will Rucker as a guest on his Compassionate Las Vegas podcast. This is a wonderful part of an international grassroots effort to foster the movement of compassion around the world. During my conversation with Will, we discussed compassion as a foundation for collective leadership. It is certainly my view that Gard Jameson, Krista Darnold, Julie Murray of the Moonridge Group, and so many of their colleagues at Compassionate Las Vegas are doing sacred work. Also in recognition of Compassion Month, members of Compassionate Las Vegas joined us during our biweekly Nonprofit Sector Call for a series of Compassionate Integrity Trainings.

The month ended on a “High Note” with an event at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children hosted by my colleague and friend, Christina Vela, Chief Executive Director of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. This event also featured members of the Obama and Jameson Fellowships, two groups of incredible people of changemakers from all over the world who got together to discuss progress in action on issues of importance. Our own Janet Quintero, Director of Community and Government Affairs, and a Jameson Fellow herself, attended the festivities. Also present was Ciara Bryne, an Obama and Jameson fellow, in addition to being Founder and Co-CEO of Green Our Planet. The presence of the Obama and Jameson Fellows in one room speaks to my new favorite word: momentum. Ladies and gentlemen, like it or not, this is our time in Southern Nevada, and we are called to act.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 6, 2022

Dear Friend,

Last week, the entire United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) team journeyed into the past with an outing at the Neon Museum. First, we were dazzled by the neon signs and truly enjoyed the organization’s place in Las Vegas culture and history. Second, I was inspired to learn of the leadership of community icons like Roger Thomas (The Roger Thomas Collection), Gayle Porterfield (Cox Communications), and Adam Barthelmess (Clear Channel Outdoor), who serve as board members and help make this incredible space a reality. And lastly, I had the opportunity to bond and visit with my UWSN colleagues as we honored days gone by, marvel in the
present, and contemplated the future days of UWSN.

I am grateful for this experience that led me to reflect upon our valley’s past, present, and future and United Way’s role in it. As I wrap myself in the nostalgia of the neon signs, the proud camels strutting across the Sahara’s beautifully designed sign made me think of the many layers of Las Vegas history and our 65 years in it. The Sahara originally opened in 1952, before UWSN came into the valley. It was one of the few things here, before we were. It’s not lost on me, that it was the first place I was given an incredible professional opportunity as the first African American Director of Community and Government Affairs in the gaming industry. I am forever grateful and indebted to my hero and shero Paul and Sue Lowden, who gave me the opportunity of a lifetime while they were owners of this fabled place. The Universe winks at me every day as I look out my bedroom window, see the Sahara sign, and am reminded of my professional beginning.

I am awakened in this moment by the enormity of the Moulin Rouge sign, sitting prominently in the boneyard. With its looping script and namesake red, images of Paris danced in my head when I was reminded of the unique and storied place in history the Moulin Rouge serves in the Las Vegas Valley. The Moulin Rouge was the first racially integrated hotel and casino to be licensed in Clark
County and it is widely known that its grand opening led to the desegregation of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. Debuting in 1955, the Moulin Rouge was a hotbed of excitement for Black and White entertainers alike. During this time, stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horn, and others were allowed to headline on the Strip, but forced to sleep at the Moulin Rouge. A sobering, but hopeful knowledge as we now embark on the 65th Anniversary of United Way of Southern Nevada. 67 years ago, the Moulin Rouge made her debut, and today, we sit here proud to celebrate 65 years of United Way of Southern Nevada serving our community.

My final pass took me by the Liberace Museum neon sign, which I playfully asked to be lit up in the bright afternoon sun. It was a precious nod to the larger-than-life legacy of Liberace and what he did for entertainers in this community and around the world. At one time considered one of the highest paid entertainers in the world, I am grateful to know that my community has always been a place that anyone can claim as their own. This sign marked the former location of the private museum that housed stage costumes, jewelry, cars, and other memorabilia that belonged to Wladziu Valentino Liberace. Liberace died in 1987 due to complications from AIDS. He was beloved by many, and I am honored to be one of many who celebrate his legacy and I tipped my hat to him on that day.

This day filled my cup and our team left refreshed and determined to do the work at hand and to honor those in our community who have stood with UWSN for 65 years. I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane and will help us celebrate our joint future throughout our sapphire anniversary year at uwsn.org/65.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 13, 2022

Dear Friend,

I think you know that I am passionate about talking about United Way of Southern Nevada’s impact on our community. We recently were featured in a Las Vegas Review- Journal article about our 65th anniversary celebration, complete with several riveting archival photos. Won’t you take a peek and walk down memory lane with me?

Additionally, I had the opportunity of appearing on MORE FOX5’s lifestyle and entertainment TV program. During this interview, I teed up our upcoming Golf United Tournament and discussed how United Way of Southern Nevada connects to our past and looks forward to the future in our great city.

Speaking of golf, did you know that we still have a select amount of spots available for our 65th Anniversary Golf United Tournament? So join us on the links on May 26th to support a worthy cause while celebrating 65 years of UWSN support in our community. Click here to learn more and support UWSN with your foursome.

Lastly, reporting on a developing story, we will soon have a very special announcement about our 65th anniversary celebration! Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 20, 2022

Dear Friend,

Last week was filled with excitement and hints of the glamour reminiscent of times before we all had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. There were so many events around town in support of our philanthropic community that I would have to clone myself in order make it around town to attend the events and occasions being celebrated in the philanthropic community.

On Friday, United Way of Southern Nevada was proud to support the Great American Songbook and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for brain health in presenting Michael Feinstein’s Music Connects Us in Perfect Harmony concert. Mr. Feinstein had not performed in such an intimate setting since he last performed in the Chairman’s lounge at the Wynn a few years ago. This benefit performance was held in the majestic foyer of the Gehry designed building and the result was a brilliant backdrop for an incredible night of music. Kudos to Paul and Sue Lowden, Mark and Gloria Fine, and Bill and Lynn Weidner, for their leadership in bringing Michael Feinstein to Las Vegas for this very rare performance. There weren’t many dry eyes in the room when Michael himself spoke poignantly about the power of music as a tool in combatting brain disease.

In thinking about the generosity of this community one simply must look at the magnificence of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts as pure proof that our community can build and do whatever we set out to do when we come together. A few short decades ago, we could not have imagined that Las Vegas would be home to a Gehry designed building and David Schwarz designed performing arts center. These two iconic buildings in our beloved city are powerful reminders of possibility. As we gear up to kick off our 65th Anniversary Celebration and Campaign, we are encouraged by the realization of these two important institutions in our city.

Saturday evening, we were honored to be amongst hundreds maybe thousands of supporters of the Human Rights Campaign’s Las Vegas Gala Dinner. This was the 15th such occasion and I was delighted to be in the room. Kudos to Latoya Holman for her role as co-host of this 15th annual dinner. Like always the energy in the room was electric. I am so very pleased to know Josh Miller who was the recipient of the notable Equality Award. Josh is a dear friend from years past and it was a pleasure to see him receive such a meaningful recognition from such a powerful organization. As a former staff member of the national organization, I was also heartened to see the diversity, the passion, and the commitment of the staff and volunteers alike. I marveled to some at my table that this dinner
was one worth modeling. Bravo, HRC! Bravo!

As we ease into what is soon to become our obsession here at UWSN, our 65th Anniversary Campaign and Celebration, we are thrilled beyond belief to report that our Golf United Tournament on May 26th at the beautiful Revere Golf Club in Henderson is almost sold out. Get your foursome now because all other opportunities have been sold. Much gratitude goes to the UWSN team for a job well done. Fore!

Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 27, 2022

Dear Friend,

When we began planning United Way of Southern Nevada’s 65th Anniversary, I learned that 65 years is the sapphire milestone. Our vision was to honor the community lions that helped us get to this point and celebrate the legends who have made their indelible mark in our community’s heart.

As a native son of Southern Nevada, I have always been completely enamored with the glorious achievement we call Las Vegas. The characters and visionaries who have shaped our community have always been of fascination for me since I was a child growing up on the Historic Westside.

The people who have toiled fearlessly for a century in this once hard-scrabble place, are worthy of study and of our gratitude for the hope and possibility central to our collective cultural, social, and political DNA. In my note to you last week, I alluded to one of the most iconic buildings and institutions in our fair city, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. This was my sly attempt to tip you off that an important announcement was coming.

Imagine my gratitude in being able to share we have joined forces with one of those living legends and volunteer founders of The Smith Center. A man who still roars like a lion in his determination to leave Southern Nevada infinitely better than he found it even after ascending to the top in three different professional arenas. Many of you know his name and his numerous contributions in leading to elevate not only the quality of corporate life in Southern Nevada, but also to improve the lives of so many individuals in this
community.

So, it is with elation I share that Don Snyder, a legend of Las Vegas and one of our most prolific volunteer fundraisers, has agreed to serve as the UWSN 65th Anniversary Celebration and MacKenzie Scott Challenge Fund Honorary Chairman.

A former UWSN board chairman, trustee, and community pillar, Don has been a staunch supporter and friend of our organization for years. He is a celebrated executive with senior leadership experience in both the commercial banking and gaming industries, as well as the immediate past president and a current presidential advisor at UNLV. He and his wife of fifty years, Dee Snyder, have been instrumental in the forward movement of Southern Nevada for more than thirty years.

Their devotion to our beloved city began as the newly-installed President and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Nevada, Don made the strategic decision to relocate the bank’s headquarters from Reno to Las Vegas. After hanging up his banking hat, Don went on to become President and CEO of Boyd Gaming. At this critical moment in our history as we strive to better serve our community and demonstrate our gratitude for the generosity of international philanthropist and co-founder of Amazon, MacKenzie Scott, we are thrilled to announce Don’s appointment for this honorary position.

UWSN will be celebrating its 65 years of serving Southern Nevada with signature events to pay homage to those who have aided the organization in its mission of uniting our community to improve people’s lives. Don will have an instrumental role throughout our yearlong sapphire celebration, including at the Legends and Lions ball in the Spring of 2023 and aiding in our attempt to challenge the community to raise $1.2 million to fund our MacKenzie Scott Challenge Fund that will allow us to continue to support so many of the amazing programs and services of our community partners we were able to start because of the unprecedented ten million dollar gift Ms. Scott invested in UWSN last year. We are grateful to Ms. Scott whose gift has allowed us to make necessary short and long-term investments in the social services fabric of our beloved community and am delighted to have a true Las Vegas legend at the helm leading our 65th anniversary celebration while also helping to grow the MacKenzie Scott transformational gift. This is a story only able to be written and told in our beloved community. I invite you to come along and help us write our next fabulous chapter.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 3, 2022

Dear Friend,

There’s no better way to tee off a year-long sapphire celebration than to host a golf tournament for almost 300 of your closest friends. I love to offer a HUGE thank you to all who participated. Golf United was the first major event we hosted to begin our year-long celebration to build support and visibility to meet the $1.2 million MacKenzie Scott challenge fund. The kickoff of our fundraising portion of our celebration will be announced soon. However, if Golf United is any indication, our community will meet and exceed the goal of the challenge fund.

I pen this week’s High Notes from a plane on my birthday. We are off to tend to some personal business in Seattle and have a birthday celebration dinner appropriate for an old man. There are many blessings in turning 54 and you, the supporters of United Way, are among them. Golf United tournament—the first in our year-long 65th anniversary celebration— raised $126,440 for the Southern Nevada community! Last week’s event boasted beautiful spring weather and 266 golfers who enjoyed a round on the course for an excellent cause. The proceeds of this event will support our uniting Las Vegans to improve people’s lives and help 1 in 4 Southern Nevadans have the opportunity to succeed.

Golf United attendees enjoyed a celebratory event after all scores were tallied featuring games, prizes, raffles, and an awardee luncheon emceed by Chet Buchanan of 98.5 KLUC. In addition to meeting so many golfers who helped us kick off our sapphire anniversary, I especially enjoyed meeting members of the business community who came together to support United Way of Southern Nevada’s critical mission.

I want to extend a special note of gratitude to the sponsors of the Golf United tournament that include: gold sponsor PNC Bank; silver sponsors Wells Enterprises, Labor First, The Korte Company, Terrace Mediterranean Bistro, and Glo Brands. Also, thank you to Golden Steer Steakhouse and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, who lent their support as hole- in-one sponsors.

As we glide into summer, encouraged for the year ahead, I’d like to ask for everyone’s support and implore you to think about making a contribution to United Way of Southern Nevada as we approach the end of our budget year. I promise you; our amazing team and wonderful partners stand at the ready to ensure that your gift has an impact within our community. Please enjoy the wonderful carefree summer, we are looking forward to getting to know the Southern Nevada community even better and welcome you to our 65th Anniversary celebration.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 17, 2022

Dear Friend,

What is your favorite kind of music? While I am a lover of all genres, jazz holds an extraordinary place in my heart. Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to combine my love of jazz with United Way of Southern Nevada’s 65th anniversary celebration with our sponsored event at the Space.

Our friend and “song stylist” Jonathan Karrant performed—not only to celebrate his birthday but also to commemorate our 65th anniversary. We’ve been doing this since before the Rat Pack performed in Las Vegas for the first time; last Thursday, attendees enjoyed a special evening of jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, and Jonathan’s own popular singles.

Now, I reflect upon how vital integrating music into our lives truly is. It provides a soundtrack to our nostalgic memories and a playlist that aligns with our daily lives. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to Jonathan Karrant for helping us commemorate our sapphire anniversary and offering us a musical background to add a sweet sound to our celebration.

Pax,
Julian High

June 24, 2022

Dear Friend,

There are no other words one can use to describe last week other than surreal. Janet Quintero, Vice President of External Affairs, Jasmine Cazares, Community Impact Program Specialist, and myself, had the incredible opportunity to join United Way Worldwide (UWW) for their Advocacy Forum and Capitol Hill Day. Southern Nevadans should rest easy in knowing that they have incredible representation in their congressional delegation. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Susie Lee, Congressman Steven Horsford, and the incredible staff of Congresswoman Dina Titus all made themselves available to the External Affairs team and myself from United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). We are beyond grateful for the care and generosity extended to us during our visit to Capitol Hill.

As a small state, our congressional representatives are oversized in stature in their commitment to the people of Southern Nevada and to UWSN. We were the first up as presenters of United Way’s Champion Award for advocacy in our presentation to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Senator Cortez Masto is a third generation American who has done an extraordinary job of representing the interests of the people of Southern Nevada. I can ensure you that the hospitality and graciousness in which we were greeted by Senator Cortez Masto set the tone for the rest of our day. I could not have been more thrilled or humbled because in that moment we were shown the promise of American democracy and the glimmer of hope that we all receive through elected officials who are interested in serving their constituents well.

I am an old hand on Capitol Hill having spent 20+ years in Washington D.C. in advocacy and nonprofit organizations and I have never seen the kind of care that our congressional delegation exhibited to my team and I while we were there. We were able to meet to talk about issues with each one of our congressional representatives. We were also graciously welcomed by Congresswoman’s Dina Titus’ staff and that is a demonstration of support of the issues that UWSN is focused on in our daily work in Southern Nevada.

The icing on the cake is that UWSN board member and former NFL Las Vegas Raiders player, Carl Nassib, joined us on the Hill. In an extraordinary moment I was able to witness what it means to reach back and bring people with you when a young Capitol Hill staffer exclaimed with glee, “Carl Nassib, you were the reason I was able to come out to my mother two weeks ago!”, to which Carl turned and said to me, “Julian, you’re the reason I’m here” and in that moment, I felt old and gratified in that I was able to bear witness in that moment that means so much to us as we celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month all across the country. Thank you, Carl.

Part of my career was spent working for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization, where I never had the privilege of glimpsing a finer moment than I did in Congresswoman Susie Lee’s office with Carl and that staffer. The thought of a trip to DC in late June where the humidity is the same percentage as the temperature was not one that I was relishing. The support, energy, focus, and determination that I received from this trip remains with me as I write today. It will remain with me forever as I am reminded of the promise of America for everyone. As we glide into mid-summer with issues being addressed here in Southern Nevada, rest assured that the team at UWSN is energized and ready to roll up our sleeves and continue the hard work of supporting those most in need in Southern Nevada. Thank you for following our journey to D.C. and please continue to support us and follow us as we celebrate 65 years of serving the Southern Nevada community.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

July 1, 2022

Dear Friend,

Happy July! I want to offer a particularly warm and caring Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans. The summer is off to a roaring start and while it feels like we’re on the latest, greatest, version of a technicolor rollercoaster, all is good in this country we call America and in the special valley that we all call home. This version of the High Notes is rooted in complete and utter gratitude for the extraordinary talent, treasures, and time of a diverse and dedicated group of UWSN supporters.

First, I must share with you a story only possible in Las Vegas. In a spontaneous moment of love, UWSN board member, Marty Cordova, collectively donated $40,000 to UWSN to help those most in need. During a recent interview on ESPN radio, Marty challenged the listeners to match up to $10,000 of any contributions that came in. In a truly Vegas moment, Marty’s very dear friend and legendary Las Vegas lion Dana White, UFC President, calls in and offers a challenge to Marty to
match his personal donation of $20,000 – and that he did! Click here for that magical moment and then watch my video filmed in gratitude and love thanking Marty and Dana. What a moment! This moment is yet another example of the compassion and kind heart of the people of Southern Nevada. Thank you, Marty and Dana.

Let me also express my abundant thanks to Ann Simmons Nicholson, the former board chair of UWSN, who has resigned her position. Ann is the incredible Founder and CEO of The Simmons Group, a full-service strategic planning, human resources, training, talent management, and organizational development company with solutions designed to assist organizations and professionals achieve their
highest level of success. While we are sad to lose her, we are excited for the continued growth and blossoming of her business. I want to take this moment to reflect on Ann’s many contributions to UWSN. Her oversight created the foundation upon which we stand today. While it goes without saying that we are deeply indebted to her, I would like to share my appreciation for Ann’s leading the board through often difficult and tumultuous times. With immense gratitude, we thank her for setting in motion countless efforts to preserve our organization’s direction of service to this community. I, for one, am personally appreciative to Ann for allowing me the opportunity of a lifetime in leading UWSN into a new era of serving our community. I also want to give a special shoutout to Tom Kovach, who retired from UWSN’s board of directors after years of extraordinary service. Thanks to ALL the UWSN board members for their unwavering commitment and hard work on behalf of the Southern Nevada community. We value each one of you and are grateful for your service.

As June comes to a close, I want to highlight two incredible events tied to Pride Month, of which I was grateful to be a part. We hosted a panel discussion for June’s nonprofit sector call to engage local partners and identify intersections with other social issues while celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, in partnership with The Center and the Beverly E. Coleman Nevada Health Foundation, we hosted a celebratory Pride and Men’s Health Month lunch, a learning opportunity about our nonprofit partners empowering and serving diversity in our community. Given all that is going on in the world, I’ve never been more certain of the promise of America. In support of my spirit of conviction, I make a special appeal to all of you reading the High Notes. Stand with us and make a donation to UWSN as we come to fiscal year end. While we’ve been working hard and having fun, there is still so much to be done and we need your help to do it. Happy 4th of July my friends, and may G*D keep us all safe during this festive holiday weekend.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

July 8, 2022

Dear Friend,

The Missing Middle is maybe you. The Missing Middle could be me, it could be your neighbor, your brother, your sister, it could be anyone feeling the ripple effect of coming out of a global pandemic, the compounding effects of inflation, and a serious war on the European continent. Are you part of the Missing Middle? Can you help the Missing Middle?

As we continue to evolve at UWSN, we take our role very seriously. In response to the questions about the Missing Middle, we have forged a joint campaign with KTNV Channel 13 Action News to shed some light on a growing national conversation. This campaign is meant to lift up the message of “You’re not alone and we stand in solidarity to help those in need.” Through a series of television and other public promotions that aired last week, we are shedding light on resources that are available in the community. Click here to watch my recent interview with KTNV’s Morning Blend to learn more.

As I write this week’s edition of the High Notes, my heart is filled with love and compassion for what the 4th of July holiday means to families across the nation. While it is not my intent for the High Notes to become a platform for donor solicitation, I would respectfully ask that you consider a generous donation to us that will help continue to shed light on issues effecting our community. Again, thank you to our partners at KTNV Channel 13 Action News for helping us bring this issue to the forefront and for their support in sharing resources for food, rent/mortgage, utility, childcare, and career assistance. To learn more about the Missing Middle and available help, please visit our Missing Middle resources page.

Please be safe and have compassion for one another. Have a beautiful weekend.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

July 15, 2022

Dear Reader of the High Notes,

Thank you for continuing to read. This corrected version of the High Notes is being sent to you in order to correct an error sent out on Friday. In the first paragraph of my congratulatory note, I incorrectly referred to Ms. Douglass Morgan as Ms. Morgan Davis. No matter the reason, it was an unacceptable mistake. In a world where so many people of achievement and distinction have suffered at being invisible, unheard, or dismissed, it is unfortunate that my team and I did not catch the typo or grammatical error. Please accept my apologies and know that I hold myself to a higher standard. Thank you for reading.

Pax,
Julian High

Dear Friend,

One of my sheroes, Mellody Hobson, says, “Every game is won with patience.” Knowing that Ms. Hobson is a very astute player at the highest levels of the global finance game bodes well for our local football team, The Las Vegas Raiders. The recent announcement by the team that Las Vegas native, Sandra Douglass Morgan will become the first Black female President of an NFL franchise has created an international buzz only possible in Las Vegas.

As a fellow Las Vegas native, I would like to add my voice to the chorus singing the highest of notes to Ms. Douglass Morgan on her fantastic accomplishment. Kudos to the Raiders for embodying the true Las Vegas spirit in terms of bold leadership and ground-shifting momentum. Muriel Strode, a poet of the West and author, wrote, “I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path and I will leave a trail.” It is my hope to meet Sandra Douglass Morgan someday, she is a trailblazer in our beloved community and has made an impact and reached achievement thresholds that are extraordinary. This community, my community, is fortunate to call her our own.

The denouement of this edition of the High Notes hearkens back to the subject of this week. As this week comes to a close, I am full of compassion, gratitude, and love after spending the Fourth of July with four of our grandnephews on beautiful Lake Morey in Vermont where there was tubing, picnicking, and fireworks.

After this family affair, we were off to a 40th birthday party for Morgan Ortagus, one of our dearest friends, held in Nashville on the rooftop of a new hotel that embodies the promise of a new and emerging South. The news from the Raiders is simply icing on the cake and my heart is full.

I wish you all a happy and safe weekend and leave you with these words from another shero of mine, Audrey Hepburn, who elegantly whispers to us, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” Sandra Douglass Morgan, thank you for showing us what’s possible.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

July 22, 2022

Dear Friend,

As a kid, my father was a noted basketball, football, track, and baseball coach in my neighborhood called Regal Estates on the Historic Westside. He was also loved in our community for his enthusiasm and care of everybody, no matter who they were or where they came from. As I now have almost a full year under my belt, it is not lost on me that I am in the “coach role” as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). While I can’t say it’s been effortless or easy as I continue to settle into myself, I am remarkably grateful to my father for the lessons he taught me about teamwork and leadership on the sports fields. While I was never good at any of these sports, my father never let on a hint of disappointment in me.

In this moment, I look back and thank my father for teaching me the true meaning of teamwork. He said that you find the best people, you meet them where they are, you insist that everybody do their best, you show up relentlessly, and you leave the rest to G*D. I am so blessed that I have been able to fill the Executive Leadership Team for UWSN as I embark upon an ambitious and audacious mission in improving the lives of 1 in 4 people in Southern Nevada and leading the charge in raising over $17 million this year. The people who I’ve hired to help me in this sacred work are all wonderfully diverse and committed people that I am proud to formally introduce:

Audrey Daley, Vice President of Fundraising, has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and development and has been part ofthe UWSN team since September of 2019. In her new position, she will oversee the organization’s fundraising initiatives and goals and continue to raise awareness and generate support in order to advance UWSN’s mission of improving lives by identifying, creating, growing, and sustaining the cultivation of individual donors, corporate partnerships and employee engagement.

Dr. Aaron Krolikowski, PhD, Vice President of Programs, first joined the UWSN team in 2016 as a community impact consultant, in this position he supported the UWSN team with grant writing, performance measurement, program design, technical assistance and web development, marketing and graphic design, and policy research. In his new role, he oversees UWSN’s programs including Community Impact Grants, the Nevada Ready! State Pre-K program, Project REACH, United Against Human Trafficking, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Stephanie Lewton, Vice President of Finance, has more than 24 years of experience in accounting and has spent a majority of her career working in the Las Vegas construction industry. In her new role, she will oversee UWSN’s finance department, which ensures the organization utilizes its resources to its top potential to grow their impact in Southern Nevada.

Janet Quintero, Vice President of External Affairs, first joined UWSN in September of 2018 as a Community Issues Champion. She continued to spearhead the organization’s advocacy, public policy, and community relations efforts, convene nonprofit conversations with local leaders and elected officials, and develop and support strategic partnerships and programs to advance the organization’s mission as the director of community and government affairs.

One of the things of which I’m certain is that no one is successful without a powerful and committed team. My father taught me that time and time again that it did not matter what color, gender, or sexuality you are, what mattered is that you honored and respected your teammates, you showed up, and executed flawlessly. The Executive Leadership Team at UWSN stands ready to be of service to others in the community. In that service, they realize they have been given the sacred responsibility of care, compassion, love, and improving the lives of those in need in Southern Nevada. This team is uniquely qualified and called for this moment and I could not be more proud to call them colleagues and friends. Since we are in a sports analogy kind of mind, I’ll leave you with a quote from Yogi Berra, who said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

July 29, 2022

Dear Friend,

A hot July afternoon spent with 50 of my most favorite people in the world, black coffee, Diana Ross, Kathleen Battle, and Grace Jones. What do these five disparate things have in common? All of these things were key components of the inaugural United Way Unity in the Community Staff and Executive Leadership Retreat. As UWSN gears up for a banner year for who we are and who we intend to be, I thought it most appropriate to gather the team together in support of the work ahead this coming fiscal year.

Last Thursday, the entire UWSN team gathered for a morning of discussions about the economic outlook and the state of the landscape here in Southern Nevada. Stepping up to claim our place in the dialogue that’s important in this community, UWSN partnered with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), represented so ably by Brooke Malone for this conversation. Thank you, Brooke, for your wisdom, passion for Southern Nevada, and for being such an informative guest for our team and supporters.

In the conversation, facilitated by former UWSN COO, Kelly Shaw, Brooke and I had the opportunity to discuss issues of importance not only for Southern Nevada, but for the future of the residents in need. Empathy was highlighted as a necessary ingredient for any successful community endeavor. As Tyler Merritt, the author of “I Take My Coffee Black” and son of UWSN Board Member Jerrie Merritt says, “Because proximity breeds empathy. And with empathy, humanity has a fighting chance.” I couldn’t agree with you more, Tyler, and this Unity in the Community moment was conceived to increase greater empathy.

Next, Marty Cordova, UWSN Board Member and former Major League Baseball star, spoke as the keynote speaker for the day. Marty graciously shared his journey with everyone in the room including his amazing career, his greatest vulnerabilities, and his commitment to making Southern Nevada a better place to live and work. In the moment of Marty’s beautiful transparency, people in the room recognized our connectivity and our greatest desire to do good no matter our station, situation, or our place in the community. Marty’s remarks were a demonstration of his power and how that power can uplift others. Thank you, Marty, for a soulful and brilliant morning.

Finally, what do Diana Ross, Kathleen Battle, and Grace Jones have to do with this? Very little or a lot, depending on who you ask. But as the author of this note, I will share that it had everything to do with the morning. I often draw my inspiration and gather my faith and strength from listening to a myriad of female artists. I like male artists too, but it is always in the female experience and perspective where I am able to center myself. So, as I thought about the opportunity to share a vision that is possible in this community with UWSN’s staff, board, and supporters, I turned to the soft gentleness of the music of Kathleen Battle’s song, “Hush (Somebody’s Calling My Name)” where I found a tool to quiet my own fears in the moment that we find ourselves in as a community and country. I also turn to the power of Diana Ross’ hit song, “I’m Coming Out” for a little fun and finally to Grace Jones and her wisdom found in the song, “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You)”. As I continue to grow into this role as President and CEO of UWSN, I am not perfect, but one day I hope to be close to it for you.

Have a brilliant weekend, stay cool.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

August 5, 2022

Dear Friend,

There are events that happen in life where one recognizes a seismic shift has occurred. Such a moment has recently happened for us here at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). On Tuesday, July 26th, the UWSN Board of Directors elected long-time Southern Nevada businessman and philanthropist, Don Snyder, as Chairman of the Board.

Snyder’s dedication to Southern Nevada has included involvement with many notable corporations and organizations, including First Interstate Bank, Bank of Nevada, Boyd Gaming, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also served on the governing boards of a number of associations, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, The Smith Center for the Performing
Arts, the Nevada Development Authority, the Fremont Street Experience, and the Nevada Resort Association. His experience, support, involvement, and partnership efforts will continue to assist UWSN in raising the bar for nonprofit excellence in the Southern Nevada community.

I am so proud of the decision made by an incredible Board of Directors who recognized the importance of an outward lean into the vital work ahead of us.

The opportunity to have Don Snyder lead the Board in this incredible time for UWSN is a rare and precious gift. I want to personally thank Don for agreeing to serve and Dee, for supporting him to do so. They are a team to be admired for their devotion to our beloved community. It was in this spirit that the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Superstore opening that UWSN made a contribution to the Foundation in honor of Don and Dee’s service to their elementary school by agreeing to purchase one years’ worth of supplies for teachers at that school. It was a beautiful full circle moment, thank you Don and Dee, for your generosity. It was also my distinct pleasure to visit briefly with Jan Jones Blackhurst, former Mayor of Las Vegas, current Chairwoman of the Public Education Foundation, and long-standing Las Vegas icon, who looked so radiant in her yellow suit. It was a pleasure to be in her company. She is inspirational in that she continues to do so much in the community that she loves so deeply.

That brings me to a close. It is not often that one has the opportunity to see their heroes and sheroes up close. In this sacred position as President and CEO of UWSN, July 26, 2022, will remain forever etched in my head and my heart. I know that my good friend Bob Forbuss is looking down from heaven and smiling upon me and I am forever blessed, Bob, by your love and your care.

Stay safe, stay cool, and stay kind.

Pax,
Julian High

August 12, 2022

Dear Friend,

It was the best of times, it was a grand ol’ time. Recently, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), along with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, led by Ashleigh Foster, had the distinct pleasure of hosting over 400 people from United Way chapters around the U.S. for the Opening Reception of the United Way Western Regional Conference. It was a glorious moment when we were able to welcome so many of our colleagues who work with us in solidarity for solving the problems prevalent in most communities across the globe. It is heartening to know that there are more than 1,100 United Way chapters around the world working hard to solve the problems of those in need.

The new President and CEO of United Way Worldwide (UWW) is Angela Williams, an accomplished and esteemed figure in the American lexicon when it comes to justice and problem solving. Angela oversees United Way Worldwide’s global network serving 48 million people across 37 countries each year. With more than 30 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, Williams brings her innovative vision and a long history of purpose-driven work to her role at UWW. It was a special moment to me when I had the opportunity to introduce Angela during the United Way Western Regional Conference. The similarities in our stories are both inspirational and humbling. Angela is the first female, African American, President and CEO to lead UWW. The opportunity to introduce her is a moment that I will carry in my heart forever. I was fortunate enough to spend time with her before the opening reception and I am happy to report that UWW has never been in better hands. It is a privilege and honor to be able to call Angela a colleague.

UWSN’s time spent at the conference was fuel to our team to recharge and be ready to continue to serve our community. We cannot wait to utilize the tools and resources we have gained during this conference to be able to better assist those across our entire valley.

As this week draws to a close, we here at UWSN are sharpening our skills in order to get ready for the wonderful work ahead. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing all of you at our annual Day of Caring being held on Friday, September 23rd with a Kickoff Celebration held at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country. There are sponsorship and volunteer opportunities still available, so please go online at uwsn.org/caring to sign up and show up. On behalf of the staff at UWSN, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to deepening our relationship with you in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

August 19, 2022

Dear Friend,

Please forgive the personal nature of this week’s edition of the High Notes, but when a moment of consequence blesses us, we are called to acknowledge its presence. I write to all of you, not in sadness, but only in joy, love, and peace for the life of my aunt who recently passed, Mildred V. Baggett.

In my aunt’s passing, I recognize the unbreakable bond of love and dedication that I have for Southern Nevada and why the mission of UWSN matters so deeply to me. In the work of mobilizing support in the community for things as diverse as workforce development, early childhood education, and emergency assistance, it occurs to me that the work we do here at UWSN is as deeply rooted in this community as my love for my aunt is in my heart. The nurturing and support that UWSN provides to nonprofit organizations across the valley is a collaboration and relationship that results in significantly better outcomes for the people throughout Las Vegas. It is not lost on me that in our relationship with other nonprofits, philanthropists, community leaders, and institutions of service in this valley, there is a familial bond that occurs. In my moment of mourning for my aunt, my heart is full in knowing this to be true.

Last weekend, I had the distinct privilege of speaking at my aunt’s funeral. Speaking to family, friends, loved ones, and fellow citizens of that shining place on the hill called Regal Estates was an honor and privilege. There will always be a certain nobility in that place called Regal Estates. In the passing of my dame, my gentle counselor, my aunt, an era has ended. I am writing to you with joy, love, and peace in my heart because after the death of my sweet aunt, I am reminded of the transcendent, beautiful, ever-regenerative power of love. As I explore the contours, valleys, and beauty of my life, I recognize the inheritance given to me by a woman who used love, gentle strength, and power to lift up everyone around her. Everyone who ever had the good fortune of knowing my aunt took leave of her better than when they first encountered her. I know for certain that this is true because she is the person who I credit for a lot of the things that are good, right, kind, and powerful about me.

Many of you will not understand the love my aunt poured into me. My mother went back to work very early in my life, and I was assigned to my Aunt Mildred. When accepting this assignment at around 3 years old, my fate was sealed; and I was off to work at “Baggett’s Bag”, a clothing store owned by my aunt. Mildred never talked to me like I was 3 years old, but rather spoke in the language of a strong woman who had a household and business to run. She tutored me in sales, inventory, personnel, and she was sure to emphasize the seriousness of counting your money- honey. In the gentle love of each year, Mildred poured into me a sense of self, security, and sassiness, and these are the things that remain with me today.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t heartbroken over the passing of this incredible woman; a woman I called when I had a major decision to make of any kind. The wise and gentle counsel of this loving woman was never meant to be shared, only meant to love, lift up, and inspire. A woman who always ended each conversation by smiling at me gently and whispering, “You know the right thing to do, J”. In this moment, the right thing to do is to say, I love you Aunt Mildred, and thank you.

It filled me with joy when another speaker at the service, a cousin of former Nevada State Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, spoke about the impact my aunt had in her life and the life of her cousin. My aunt lived next door to Assemblyman Thompson’s grandmother, and she was a fierce protector of Mrs. Thompson. Tyrone passed away over three years ago and in the moment that his cousin spoke, it reminded me of what a special, sacred, and intimate community Las Vegas is. We are all inextricably bound together in good times and in bad and I am joyful in this knowledge. Please consider joining us for our 7th annual Day of Caring. This is a special 65th anniversary celebration and we are committed to shining light on the circles of community, connectivity, and one another. There is an old Gospel song that says, “Joy Comes in the Morning” and indeed, she has.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

August 26, 2022

Dear Friend,

The majority of the year has passed, and we are easing into Fall. If we are lucky enough to get older, we recognize how incredibly fast summer passes. We are currently preparing for Labor Day, which is a powerful American tradition where the country takes the time to relax and reflect on the rest of the year ahead. From a very young age, I have been acutely aware of the sacredness of each season. Every season I acknowledge the passing of said season with great reverence and hope. The common bond of our human reality is that we too shall pass. We have a responsibility to one another, to our families, and to our communities to be prepared for that time.

This is why it’s so important to encourage all of you to read this week’s edition of the High Notes a little further. August is National Make-A-Will Month and United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is encouraging our Southern Nevada community to consider creating a legal will. UWSN is proud to partner with FreeWill to be able to provide a free resource to our community to create your legal will. Click here to learn more or get started today. One of our most significant gifts at UWSN last year came from a bequest of $550K made by a generous contributor, Edward Grigonis. The details of Edward’s life are vaguely known, but believe me when we say, we are eternally grateful for his caring spirit and generosity. We salute Edward for his gift and in doing so, we encourage all of you to think of UWSN as you make your plans in the future.

In acknowledging Edward’s caring nature, my thoughts turn to our upcoming Day of Caring, which has become central to the work we do at UWSN. We gather our friends, partners, corporate sponsors, and community leaders from around the valley in order to shed light on the power of collective volunteerism and community action. Please prepare for a special 65th anniversary surprise announcement at this year’s Day of Caring that we hope will galvanize the Southern Nevada community in helping those in need. Day of Caring projects are now open, and I encourage you to sign up and join us for the largest day of volunteering throughout our community. I am looking forward to a busy and productive Fall. I pen this version of the High Notes while taking a little R&R with my husband, Michael, and our four-legged friend, Winston. Thank you for your continued support of UWSN. It is my honor and privilege to serve. Have a beautiful weekend.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 2, 2022

Dear Friend,

As we say goodbye to summer, it is important to acknowledge that during the course of the summer, there are many nonprofits and organizations across the valley that continue to do sacred work for those in need in Southern Nevada. United Way of Southern Nevada’s Unidos Por Nevada formed a tremendous partnership with Cricket Wireless to provide back-to-school supplies for students in
need in the Clark County School District. Earlier in the summer, I had the good fortune to attend the Public Education
Foundation’s Teacher Superstore opening, where teachers can go to pick up supplies for students who otherwise could not afford them. While all of these efforts are important for us to make as a community, I have started to think, is there something larger at play that we need to be addressing. How is it that in a community where everything is possible are we struggling to provide the most basic necessities for the children we are responsible for educating?

One of the things I know to be true is were it not for the education provided by the Clark County School District, I would not be so fortunate to be the President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. If we as a community are to be truly aspirational, we need to ask ourselves in the words of Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”. I, for one, envision a world where education is central to the DNA of our community. UWSN and our community partners will continue to spend our time and efforts helping to move the needle forward by partnering with community leaders and organizations like Cricket Wireless on things like the Unidos Por Nevada Back-to-School Supply Drive. I would like to challenge the community to think more broadly and more ambitiously about our roles and responsibilities in making sure that everyone has access to supplies, equipment, and support necessary for a quality education.

While we contemplate the answer to that question, please continue to join with UWSN, the Public Education Foundation, Green Our Planet, Opportunity Village, Three Square, and so many others as we try to make a difference in the lives of those in Southern Nevada. Furthermore, please join us for our 7th annual Day of Caring on Friday, September 23rd at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at 8:30 AM. We still need over 500 volunteers to execute the necessary volunteer projects in the community on Day of Caring. If you cannot volunteer your time, we greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please consider making a contribution here.

I’ve been listening to Harry Styles’ beautiful, latest album release and I am a little wistful at the end of summer, but Harry Styles’ “Daydreaming” is playing in my head. I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and loving Labor Day weekend. Stay safe, stay cool.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 9, 2022

Dear Friend,

Greetings! I hope everyone had a safe Labor Day weekend. As I approach the one-year anniversary as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), I’d like to take this opportunity to thank a group of community partners in the important work that we do in the nonprofit sector. I had the great pleasure of participating in a nonprofit industry sector conversation hosted by Nevada Business Magazine. It was both informative and helpful to hear the perspectives of my colleagues in the nonprofit sector who are doing important work in our community. According to The National Council for Nonprofits and the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits, 32,000 employees work for the nonprofit sector in Nevada. This translates to $3.6 billion annually in revenue and $7.2 billion in assets. In the conversation with my colleagues, it is apparent to me now more than ever that a strong, vibrant nonprofit sector, recognized by the rest of the community is an important component for us to consider moving forward. I’m so grateful to the rest of my colleagues who participated in this forum, click here to read the article.

For those of you that are readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, you will be pleased to know that UWSN has been nominated in two categories for the Best of Las Vegas awards in the categories of Best Nonprofit Organization and Best Place to Volunteer. Part of the fun of being nominated is discerning how much energy we should put into trying to win. Something that you will eventually learn about me is that I have a strong desire to win. For this reason, we are asking you to visit votebolv.com and vote for United Way of Southern Nevada for Best Nonprofit Organization and Best Place to Volunteer. While this is a little competitive fun, Southern Nevadans should understand that UWSN stands ready to partner with all of our community nonprofits who are interested in improving the lives of those throughout our valley, no matter who wins.

In the spirit of supporting such collaboration and partnerships, Tricia Kean, emcee of the Day of Caring kickoff, and KTNV Channel 13 Action News, ran a beautiful public service announcement in support of UWSN’s 7th annual Day of Caring. An event unique to UWSN in that we galvanized almost 700 people last year in support of community volunteer projects across the valley. Last year, Day of Caring was my first official debut as President and CEO of UWSN and it has been a moment that has continued to inspire me almost every day. Please join us for our Day of Caring kickoff celebration this year on Friday, September 23rd at 8:30 AM at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country and click here to view the special PSA produced by our media partner, KTNV Channel 13 Action News. Thank you, Tricia Kean, for all you are doing.

Looking forward to seeing you there, if you haven’t signed up for a volunteer project, please click below. Have a beautiful weekend. Stay cool.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 16, 2022

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone is having a marvelous week! United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is excited to announce that our 7th annual Day of Caring event is only one week away. Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure that this year’s Day of Caring Kickoff Celebration is one our community will not forget! Speaking of our team, I would love for you to hear from one of the key UWSN team members that are making this wonderful day possible, our Director of Volunteer Engagement and Events, Savanna Sibley. Savanna, take it away:

Join UWSN and our Director of Volunteer Engagement and Events, Savanna Sibley,
as we prepare for our 7th Annual Day of Caring!

Savanna, thank you for your inspiring words of encouragement and your call to action on behalf of our beloved Southern Nevada community! As Savanna said, we need your support to ensure that we fulfill each and every volunteer opportunity available. Please consider volunteering or making a contribution to UWSN. Every volunteer and contribution matters. See you next week at Day of Caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 22, 2022

Dear Friend,

Can you believe it? United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) 7th Annual Day of Caring is officially tomorrow, September 23rd! I encourage all of you to join us for a Day of Caring Kickoff Celebration tomorrow morning at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at 8:30 AM for what is sure to be a memorable kickoff to this one day of volunteering throughout our community!

It’s not too late to sign up for a volunteer project! Volunteer projects will begin at 10 AM tomorrow. If you are not signed up for a volunteer project yet, join us at the Kickoff Celebration at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country and we will happily place you at a community organization that needs your help! Thank you again to all of our volunteers, community partners, sponsors, and nonprofit organizations for your support during this one-day event!

Have a wonderful evening and we will see you tomorrow!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 30, 2022

Dear Friend,

Earlier this week Janet Quintero, UWSN’s Vice President of External Affairs, and I had the distinct privilege to meet with Tennille Pereira, Esq., Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center (VSRC) to learn about the work they do. The VSRC was created in the aftermath of the 1 October mass shooting here in our beloved city. The VSRC is managed by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center is Barbara Buckley, Esq. Barbara was the first female Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly and one of my sheroes. She is a committed and tireless advocate for the most vulnerable amongst us. One of the greatest joys of my tenure here at UWSN has been in getting to know her. Given the enormous tragedy of the mass shooting and the senseless act of violence it represents, it is important we acknowledge the horror of the shooting five years ago, remember those lost and injured, look ahead with courage and hope, and finally share how the nonprofit sector steps up to support the community in times of crisis and in healing.

My natural tendency is to be forward looking. I believe it is important to always be hopeful and positive in my world view. The mass shooting here in Las Vegas is not something I was expecting to write about in my note to you today. The matters covered here while important to the community discourse, have never touched upon something that on the surface seems dark and hopeless. My intent is to always shine light on possibility and forward movement. So, it is with humility and reverence for the sacredness of the Vegas Strong movement that I write today to honor the spirit of those lost and to shed light on some of the positivity coming out of such unimaginable horror.

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is a sub-grantee of the State of Nevada’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP). This sub- award was in response to the act of mass violence on October 1st, 2017. Our role is to support those affected by the act of mass violence on their healing journey by creating access to mental and behavioral health services (costs are fully
covered by the grant) and creating a pathway for survivors and families to access resources available to them through the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. UWSN is part of a larger network of local organizations working to serve through the AEAP grant, and our focus lies in ensuring equal access to services to the Spanish language speaking community affected by this tragedy. We partner closely with two mental health providers, Silver State Health Services and Fuente de Vida. Included in the partnership is the public relations and outreach firm, NReal Media. NReal Media has been instrumental in growing awareness about the grant and the importance of access to mental health in a culturally and language appropriate manner. This is yet another example of the unique role UWSN plays in the dynamic and ever-evolving environment of public-private partnerships serving those most in need in our community. We are honored to do so and humbled to work as a bridge between government, private enterprise, and our wonderful nonprofit partners.

In understanding the sacred nature of talking about the October 1st mass shooting, we thought it important to be deliberate and thoughtful in our words and actions. Janet is a fantastic colleague in that she has a compassionate heart and a sensitive soul. She gets what it means to approach our work with humility and care. After the meeting with Tennille at the VSRC, Janet took me to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden. While meeting with Tennille at the VSRC, she shared that many communities who have endured similar tragedies are in touch with our center and that there is a shared kinship in our healing. She shared some of those stories and let me touch the quilt sent to the VSRC by the survivors of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Florida. The victims of the shooting at Pulse were largely a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. The love, forgiveness, and healing power of quilts is something quite familiar to me as I have been witness to one of the largest quilts displayed in the world when earlier in my life I had an emotional and sobering visit to the AIDS Quilt on display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I have never forgotten the enormous impact of the experience. I was not prepared for the visceral emotional response I had when Tennille showed me the Pulse Quilt gifted to VSRC.

My conscious mind tried to prepare me for the heaviness of what was to come in our visit to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden. While my head was superficially prepared, my heart was not. I cannot begin to imagine the sorrow of the victims, their families, the survivors, and others who were present at the site of the October 1st mass shooting. I know one person who escaped with his life on the night of the shooting, but I have never spoken with him about his experience. My lack of engagement with him on the issue speaks to my desire to avoid pain and suffering and also to my respect for my friend who is on his own healing journey in his own unique way. The Las Vegas Healing Garden is a sacred and peaceful place. I was struck by the light, the love, and the lushness of this garden created in response to tragedy. It is located in Downtown Las Vegas and is a great bridge between the resort corridor on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown. There are private memorials to the 58 people who lost their lives on that dark and senseless night. Each one of the 58 people are memorialized in intensely personal and powerful ways. Their stories are told and in each one of those stories, it is evident that love triumphs over tragedy and light bests dark. It is not lost on me that many of the people who lost their lives were not residents of our beloved city. Yet it is also clear that this community has adopted each one of the victims from out of state and will forever keep them in our generous and abundant care. The garden speaks volumes about the character, grit, and resiliency of this community and of our ability to rise to the occasion in any situation. One of the tiles I read in the garden will stay with me forever. It simply reads, “Everything will be all right maybe not today, but one day.” This, my friends, is the promise of this community and the promise of G*D.

There will be many ways to honor the power of this promise as the community plans to honor the victims of the shooting on October 1st. I will release the lantern given to me by the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. It will be a silent and solitary moment for me as I continue to process the enormity of a five-year- old tragedy and resolve to be a fearless advocate for light and love and the redemptive power of vanquishing darkness wherever it appears in our collective consciousness. If you have not visited the garden, I’d urge you to do so and if you or anyone you know has been affected by this tragedy, please contact the VSRC by clicking the link below.

May peace and light always be with you. Have a blessed and safe weekend.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 7, 2022

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I began my journey as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). This is the 52nd Volume of the High Notes. I am so grateful to each of you for every moment you have taken to read about the work of UWSN and my perspective of it. In mid-September, I celebrated my one-year anniversary in the role that has brought me more joy than I have ever known. In understanding the gift of this moment, I am most grateful to UWSN’s Board of Directors and the incredible leadership they have shown in support of me. I am also thankful for many positive and fruitful relationships with the over 75 community partners of UWSN.

The mission of UWSN is to unite our community to improve people’s lives. This does not happen without the incredible spirit and character of a team of almost 40 people serving in sacred roles as staff members of the organization. I could not be more proud of them and the accomplishments they have made over the years. This team has made my first year one of daring and caring.

Speaking of caring, this year’s Day of Caring, presented by UWSN, in conjunction with our nonprofit partners, was incredible. We are especially grateful to UWSN Board Member, Marta Poling-Schmitt, and her husband, Stefan, for their tremendous support of UWSN and of me. Our other sponsors for this year’s event includes PNC Bank, KTNV Channel 13 Action News, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Capital One, and Bank of Nevada. This year’s event was another symbol of the great promise and generosity of the Southern Nevada community. We all had such a good time doing the important work of caring that I thought I’d share this video so that you can experience a little bit of the magic.

 

I am so excited about easing into the Fall and the work ahead. We are busy planning for important community conversations, talking to our elected officials about positions of importance in the nonprofit sector, working with our nonprofit colleagues and friends to ensure that we are poised to meet the needs of the community going forward, and making the case to supporters and potential supporters as to why UWSN makes good philanthropic sense. As we head into a busy Fall season, I ask you to please consider what you can do in the community to make a difference. My hope is that you will support UWSN with a donation or by volunteering your time to serve a cause in the community. Until next time, stay healthy, give back, and love others.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 14, 2022

Dear Friend,

If you have not heard by now, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is excited to be in the midst of celebrating our 65th Anniversary. I could not be more thrilled to share that our 65th Anniversary Chairman and UWSN Chairman of the Board, Don Snyder, has assembled a remarkable team of community leaders who will serve as Co-Chairs for the 65th Anniversary and for the $10 Million Dollar MacKenzie Scott Challenge. This fundraising effort will challenge the community to match the monumental donation from philanthropist and Amazon co-founder, MacKenzie Scott. The MacKenzie Scott Challenge is United Way of Southern Nevada’s appeal to our beloved community to raise $10 million dollars in support of the work we do here in Southern Nevada for Southern Nevadans.

I am beyond grateful to Don Snyder for his continued leadership and support of UWSN. We are pleased to announce the following individuals have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs for our 65th Anniversary celebration and the MacKenzie Scott Challenge. The individuals have all committed to helping ensure that UWSN can continue to serve 1 in 4 people in Southern Nevada. The 65th Anniversary Co-Chairs include Jan Jones Blackhurst, Cedric Crear, Gard Jameson, Dulcinea Rongavilla, Marta Poling Schmitt, Garth Winckler, Jeremy Aguero, Matthew Frazier, Shari Wong, Mike Mungiello, and Marianne Boyd Johnson.

We are beyond grateful for the 11 individuals who have stepped up in a time of significance for United Way of Southern Nevada. In the coming months, as we galvanize the community around the MacKenzie Scott Challenge, I know this esteemed group of people will help us meet or exceed our $10 million dollar goal. We look forward to connecting with as many of you in the Southern Nevada community as we can in order to demonstrate that the Southern Nevada community takes care of its own.

I would like to thank each one of the Co-Chairs for their commitment to United Way of Southern Nevada and the work we do. Please take a moment to view this video which will shed a little more light on the work in the days ahead.

Stay safe, stay cool, and stay kind.

Pax,
Julian High

October 21, 2022

Dear Friend,

Great things are happening in our beloved community! Last week, the Las Vegas Raiders, a diverse group of corporate leaders, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, UNLV Foundation, and your very own, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), held a press conference organized by the Las Vegas Super Bowl Committee led ably by Sam Joffray. This press conference launched the beginning of what we know will be an exciting 16-months in preparation for Las Vegas’ first turn as the host city of the Super Bowl. February 11, 2024 will go down in Las Vegas history. UWSN is so grateful to have been included in this esteemed group of organizations in launching what we believe will be a successful Super Bowl presentation to the rest of the world. The Chair of the Las Vegas Super Bowl Committee, Maury Gallagher, Vice Chair, Sandra Douglass Morgan, and Treasurer, Jeremy Aguero, led a panel discussion to talk about the contours and shape of Las Vegas’ effort. We are all grateful for the leadership of Steve Hill, the President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, for taking the lead in putting together the bid resulting in the awarding of the Super Bowl to Las Vegas in 2024. All of our civic and corporate leaders are united in the belief that this is an opportunity to be inclusive of the entire community in showing what makes Southern Nevada great.

I was particularly inspired to hear Sandra Douglass Morgan and the rest of our leaders talk about the importance of the nonprofit sector in the efforts of making Super Bowl LVIII a rousing success. The level of commitment and trust was felt by me in that this esteemed group of organizations asked UWSN to play this important role. One of our initial investments in the Super Bowl effort that we are proud to announce is the Special Events Internship Program, which sponsors a number of students in internships where they have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to produce a world-class event. We are so grateful to partner with UNLV’s Sports Research and Innovation team to make this happen. I, for one, cannot wait to see the results of the efforts of the interns who are all being funded in this unique partnership. We Las Vegans love to show the world how fabulous our community is and the chance to put on our first Super Bowl is a challenge I’m sure we will rise to meet.

Stay tuned in the weeks and months ahead for updates coming from this amazing partnership. I would like to personally thank the Las Vegas Super Bowl Committee and all of the other organizers for making this opportunity happen for our beloved community. If I may confess, this was my first time visiting Allegiant Stadium for the press conference last week. It was a bit surprising to me considering former Las Vegas Raiders player and UWSN Board Member, Carl Nassib, played there all year last year and I didn’t catch a game. But we were able to catch up at the LGBTQ Center’s Honorarium Gala where Carl was awarded the Lanny D. Love Center Hero Award. The Center serves as a haven for all and celebrates the diversity of our communities and strives to empower all to live authentic lives. The Center is a long-standing community partner and friend, and we are so grateful for the work they do in the LGBTQ community. I could not be more thrilled to congratulate Carl at this event. Congratulations to The Center and to Carl for a spectacular evening.

Finally, I had the great fortune to attend the Inspirational Influencer Gala hosted by the International Association of Women and it was a delightful evening indeed. In the moment of this event, I was reminded of the incredible thought and power of women in getting things done around the world. I was blessed to be in the room that evening and came away from that experience with complete gratitude for women and the work they do.

Speaking of women, if you haven’t heard, UWSN’s 15th Annual Suit Drive kicked off this week. I would like to encourage you to donate your gently used business suits, dresses, hospital scrubs, coats, shoes, and accessories in support of this amazing fundraising event. It is one of the most empowering and impactful things we do all year. I invite you to support this event by donating women’s items or donating financially to UWSN in support of Women United and the work and programs they champion. To learn more, visit uwsn.org/suitdrive. This is a note for another day, but I love our Women United and cannot wait to share with you exciting news that is going on with this important UWSN leadership group. Until next time, I send peace, hope, and good thoughts about the impending holiday season before
us.

Be well, stay safe, and take care of one another.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 28, 2022

Dear Friend,

Kasia Gospos said, “Amazing things happen when women help other women.” One of the most humbling and inspiring things we do at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is hold our annual Women United Suit Drive. During our 65th Anniversary, we are pleased to present our 15th Annual Women United Suit Drive. The Women United Suit Drive is our giving group’s, Women United, longest running event. Women United has been a central part of UWSN’s spiritual and moral compass. The Suit Drive has been providing suits, accessories, and more to women across the Southern Nevada community for over a decade in order to prepare them for career opportunities and success in the workplace. We will be accepting donations from now until November 4th at multiple locations in support of return-to-work programs for women in our community. Please join us for a Sip & Sort Social event on Wednesday, November 2nd from 5:30pm – 8pm at UWSN and then join us for the Women United Suit Drive Luncheon to celebrate the success of this event on Wednesday, November 9th from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria and Deli. A special thank you to Antonio Accornero for hosting us at your establishment. Please take a moment and view this video from Dana Boldizsar, Individual Giving Manager, who will talk brilliantly about the impact of the Women United Suit Drive.

Thank you, Dana, for that inspiring and informative video. I cannot wait to celebrate the success of the Suit Drive at the Women United Suit Drive Luncheon. Finally, let me offer my personal thanks to Christal Allen-Harrahill, our new Chair of Women United, as she embarks on her inaugural term of leading this esteemed group of UWSN Women United leaders. I could not be more thrilled that she accepted this role and look forward to many great things resulting from her leadership. Thank you for reading, please visit uwsn.org/suitdrive for more information. I thank you in advance for your support.

Stay safe, Happy Nevada Day, and Happy Halloween.

Pax,
Julian High

November 4, 2022

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween week! In order to get into the Halloween spirit, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) hosted a spooktacular “Play for the Way” Poker Tournament last weekend. The tournament was a roaring success as we welcomed more than 60 players and fundraised to continue to help students receive a quality education, help individuals get good jobs, and provide resources to Southern Nevadans who need them most. I would like to give a huge congratulations to Jason Williams, Director of Donor Relationships at UWSN, for spearheading the Young Leaders Society and for putting together a wonderful kickoff event that will begin to re-engage the young leaders within our community. I would also like to thank The Palms for hosting our group in the beautiful Moon Nightclub that boasted an almost 360- degree view of the Las Vegas valley. Lastly, I would like to welcome Chad Kaercher, the new YLS Board Chair. I could not be more thrilled that Chad will be leading this group and preparing our next generation of young leaders
for great success in the future.

While I am sharing my gratitude, I would also like to give a shoutout to another United Way of Southern Nevada giving group, Women United. As our Women United’s 15th Annual Suit Drive comes to a close today, I would like to thank every person that has donated clothing, volunteered their time, sponsored the event, or has made a donation to support Women United during this annual event. I would also like to thank the nonprofit partners who supported us during the Women United Sip & Sort event and are helping distribute the Suit Drive collections to those who need it the most throughout Southern Nevada: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Tech Impact, Signs of Hope, Dress for Success Southern Nevada, Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, Goodwill Southern Nevada, UNSHAKEABLE, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, and The Shade Tree. I also look forward to celebrating the success of the Suit Drive during our sold- out Women United Suit Drive Luncheon next week. As I close this week’s High Notes, I am reminded of a quote from Helen Keller,
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” I thank each and every one of you for your continued support of UWSN and all of our philanthropy groups.

Have a beautiful weekend, stay safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 11, 2022

Dear Friend,

It has been a wonderfully productive week for us at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). Last weekend, I had the honor and privilege to attend the Urban Chamber of Commerce’s Green Tie Awards where UWSN was awarded “Non-profit of the Year”. It was a humbling and profound moment for me as I was able to accept the award on behalf of UWSN from Tony Gladney, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MGM Resorts International, who shared an impactful message about UWSN and the work we are doing within our community. Thank you, Tony, for your kind words about UWSN’s unique position in Southern Nevada. We send huge thanks and appreciation to the Urban Chamber of Commerce for this prestigious award to our organization as we celebrate sixty-five years of service here in Southern Nevada.

Also, I would like to give a huge shoutout to our Women United group for officially wrapping up a successful 15th Annual Women United Suit Drive with the first ever Women United Suit Drive Luncheon this past Wednesday. This sold-out event had over 100 attendees and was held at the lovely Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria and Deli. Thank you to Deputy Chief Sasha Larkin with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Brooke Malone with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and Jerrie Merritt with Bank of Nevada for being guest speakers during the luncheon and for sharing their thoughts on the current landscape of our beloved community. I would also like to personally thank Dana Boldizsar, Individual Giving Manager at UWSN, and the rest of my team for your dedication to executing a wonderful Women United Suit Drive. Thank you to every attendee, sponsor, volunteer, and supporter for making the 15th Annual Women United Suit Drive a roaring success.

As I close this week’s High Notes on this Veterans Day, I would like to personally thank every Veteran that has served or serves in the United States Armed Forces. The sacrifices of those in uniform reminds us of what it means to be in service to others. The women and men in military uniform oftentimes give their own lives in service to us and their country. As we thank them for
the ultimate sacrifice this Veterans Day, we should ask ourselves, what burden are we willing to endure in our own lives in order to make the lives of others better in this community, in this state, in this country, and around the world

It is my great privilege to witness your answers time and time again here in Southern Nevada and I thank you for it.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 18, 2022

Dear Friend,

As the holiday season quickly approaches, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has been excited to spread the news of holiday cheer throughout our Southern Nevada community. Just yesterday, the UWSN team was able to gift an astounding 70 bicycles to local students at Vail Pittman Elementary School. This gift, in conjunction with the school’s bicycle safety program, will allow students who are currently walking to school to have a more reliable mode of transportation to and from school. A huge thank you to our supporter, Cummins, for purchasing and building these bicycles and for your continued support of UWSN.

As we are thanking our wonderful supporters, I would also like to give a shoutout to Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and the Clark County Department of Aviation. During their one-day annual employee fundraiser, a Chili Cook-off event, they generously decided to allow UWSN to be the sole recipient of the proceeds from this event, an amazing $11,302. Thank you to all of the staff of Harry Reid International Airport and the Clark County Department of Aviation for helping UWSN continue to serve 1 in 4 people
throughout the Southern Nevada community.

Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that UWSN has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the United to Feed Innovation Challenge to help fund the Green Our Planet Farmpreneur and hydroponics programs that help teach K-12 students about sustainable food production. The programs educate students about nutrition and equitable access to food and instills early- stage skillsets in food production and entrepreneurship. Students are able to grow their own vegetables, sell them at a farmer’s market, and manage the related finance, marketing, and advertising of their product. This grant will allow this program to expand to an additional twelve K-12 schools throughout Southern Nevada and I could not be more humbled and grateful that UWSN was one of three organizations chosen to receive this support out of 150 entries. Thank you, Kellogg Company and United Way Worldwide, for collaborating to create this Innovation Challenge and thank you to the UWSN team, led by Dr. Aaron Krolikowski, and to the Green Our Planet team for partnering with us on this important initiative.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, stay safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 24, 2022

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone is having a restful holiday weekend spending time with loved ones. While enjoying  this long holiday break, we at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) are excited to announce our participation this year in Boyd Gaming’s Wreaths of Hope contest. This contest invites local nonprofits to join in a wreath decorating competition. I encourage all of you to visit the UWSN
wreath at the beautiful Suncoast Hotel and Casino and then visit www.boydgaming.com/wreaths-of-hope to vote for our wreath. Thank you, Boyd Gaming, for this amazing opportunity to spread holiday cheer and to let everyone learn more about UWSN, other nonprofits, and the work we are all collectively doing to help our Southern Nevada community.

From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of the entire UWSN team, I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and encourage you to join us to give hope today and during the upcoming Giving Tuesday on November 29th at uwsn.org/thanksgiving.

Have an amazing weekend, stay safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 2, 2022

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend last week! As we here at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) prepare for a busy holiday season, I would like to take this time to share my gratitude to 8 News Now for spotlighting our Nevada Ready! State Pre-K Program last week. Nevada Ready! is a partnership between UWSN and the State of Nevada’s Department of Education that allows local families in need with qualifying 4-year-old children to enroll in preschool free of charge. The first few years of a child’s life are invaluable and we believe that every child in our community deserves access to high-quality early education. Thank you, 8 News Now and reporter Mary Jane Belleza, for allowing UWSN to share more about this important resource for our community.

Speaking of a busy holiday season, there is still time to vote for UWSN’s wreath for the Boyd Gaming Wreaths of Hope contest. You can visit the UWSN wreath at the wonderful Suncoast Hotel and Casino and then go online to www.boydgaming.com/wreaths-of-hope to vote for our wreath. Thank you again to Boyd Gaming for providing this tremendous opportunity to spotlight our Southern Nevada nonprofit community during the holiday season.

Lastly, as November comes to a close and December begins, I invite you to join us in the following weeks as we continue to celebrate UWSN’s 65th anniversary and highlight the ways to give hope to our community this holiday season. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay tuned.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 9, 2022

Dear Friend,

Have you ever wondered what United Way of Southern Nevada does in our community? For the next six weeks, we are going to highlight how your dollars to UWSN have impact right here in Southern Nevada. We are so grateful for all of the work being done by direct service providers to maintain the social safety net and recognize that we are telling the stories of those partners funded through UWSN in this funding cycle. As we approach the end of the year, UWSN would like to celebrate 65 years of giving hope across the Las Vegas valley. Join us as we share our stories of impact and highlight the ways for you to spread hope throughout Southern Nevada this holiday season. With your help, we can continue to serve 1 in 4 people throughout the region.

Our first story of impact comes from our partnership with Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. Daisy joined the Tropa Exploradora program as a shy and reserved first grader. The Tropa Exploradora program, supported by UWSN, provides bilingual (Spanish/English) troop leadership to girls in Latina communities who are English-language learners. When Daisy first joined the program, her father had reservations about the program from his wanting of a wholesome educational environment for his daughter. Through this program, Daisy has blossomed into an outgoing, energetic 2nd grade Brownie and has found opportunities for new adventures and has made new friends. Her father is now one of the program’s proudest supporters and takes pictures of every new badge placed on his daughter’s uniform. Through your generosity, United Way of Southern Nevada and Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada are able to provide a network and a sisterhood for girls from kindergarten through 12th grade. I encourage you to check out a few more ways to give hope to our fellow Southern Nevadans this holiday season below and consider making a donation today so we can continue to support girls like Daisy throughout our community.

• Volunteer your time to be a leadership speaker with Leaders in Training.
• Give the gift of reading to a local student and donate books to the Spread the Word drop-off box
at the UWSN office (5830 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103).

Thank you for reading about stories of hope inspired by your continued financial support of UWSN. Please come along for the next 5 weeks as we highlight the ways to give hope this holiday season.

Stay tuned,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 16, 2022

Dear Friend,

This is the second part of our six-week series highlighting what you and your dollars are doing insupport of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). Please take five minutes to watch this impactful home-shot video of a local family receiving support from a UWSN partner, Foster Kinship. Thank you for following along on this journey this holiday season as we share the stories of impact that result from your support of UWSN.

A local grandmother, Mindy, was looking for help with gaining legal guardianship of her grandchildren and financial assistance for expenses to support her family. After some research, Mindy reached out to United Way of Southern Nevada’s partner, Foster Kinship. Foster Kinship believes that when children can’t be with their parents, they should be with their family. Thanks to UWSN’s support, Foster Kinship was able to get her Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefit switched to Kinship Care with the Division
of Welfare, allowing her to receive nearly $1,000 a month in financial support versus the $127 a month she was originally granted by the Division of Welfare. Foster Kinship was also able to assist Mindy with getting her grandchildren’s health insurance benefits extended and provide emotional support to her family. Through your support, UWSN and Foster Kinship helps strengthen kinship
caregivers’ capacity to provide safe, stable, and nurturing homes for children throughout our community.

The dollars that you donate to UWSN allows us to support important organizations like Foster Kinship. Thank you, Mindy, for sharing your story and for spreading the message of hope to our community this holiday season. Check out a few more ways to spread hope this holiday season throughout Southern Nevada below.

• Volunteer your time to pack produce, dairy, and bakery items for distribution with The Salvation
Army
• Volunteer to help give at least 200 families a meal this holiday season with The Good Deed
Project

Join us next week as we continue to highlight stories of hope inspired by your support of UWSN. Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High

December 23, 2022

Dear Friend,

Welcome back to the third part of our six-week series highlighting what you and your dollars are doing in support of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). This week we are spotlighting our Workforce Development area of focus as we share a story from our partner, Tech Impact.

In 2018, Jae Mar was working at the Golden Nugget as a spa attendant, unsure of what he wanted to do in his life. When the COVID-19 pandemic came, he was quickly laid off from his job with a smallhope of returning. After becoming a father to a beautiful baby girl in 2021, Jae Mar knew that he had to find a new career path to support his growing family. After some reflection, Jae Mar decided that he wanted to lean into his passion for technology and researched local colleges that offered IT programs. As he was researching, he quickly realized that the cost of many local IT programs was a barrier he was not prepared to face.

With the support of United Way of Southern Nevada and our partner, Tech Impact, Jae Mar was able to meet with an ITWorks program alumni who shared their experience with Tech Impact and the ITWorks program. Jae Mar immediately knew that this was his opportunity to have a stable career doing something he loved and applied that same day. After being accepted into the

16-week program, Jae Mar excelled, completing a 5-week paid internship and graduating with flying colors while earning two IT industry recognized certifications. After graduating and completing more certifications, Jae Mar was offered a full-time position as a Cloud Security Specialist with ECF Data earning a salary of $52K a year. Jae Mar shares, “Getting laid off from the Golden Nugget was the best thing that ever happened [to me]. Because of the knowledge, certifications, and job training I have gained in the ITWorks program, I will not live in fear [of] not earning enough money to provide for my family.”

Jae Mar’s story is just one example of how UWSN and Tech Impact leverage technology and training t advance social impact in our community by helping Southern Nevadans secure jobs they love. This helps make Southern Nevada stronger by providing training for jobs that help diversify the economy. Thank you, Jae Mar, for sharing your story and inspiring others to keep hope alive this holiday season. Check out a few more ways you can spread hope this holiday season below:

• Volunteer your time to inspire our future workforce with Junior Achievement of Southern
Nevada
• Volunteer to help further the mission of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum

We wish everyone a Happy Holidays! Until next time…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 30, 2022

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone is having a restful week spent with family, friends, and loved ones. We are now in the fourth week of our 6-week series highlighting the impact that your financial support of Unite Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has on our Southern Nevada community. This week’s story of hope comes to us from our Student Success partner, Leaders in Training.

Kateyah, a local high school student, was not sure how she could afford her dream of attending college and pursuing a future career in the Marketing field. One day, Kateyah’s friend decided to bring her to UWSN’s partner, Leaders in Training (LIT), for an ACT Exam Preparation Course. After  completing the course, Kateyah immediately wanted to join LIT because she loved the structure of the program and could see how it would help her achieve her goals post high school graduation. Since joining the program, Kateyah shared, “LIT and United Way helped me reach my goals by providing me with not only emotional support, but financial support, as well. I would not have been able to apply to as many colleges as I did in high school and would not have been able to afford more than 2-3 applications. LIT has set me up for so much success. I have had 3 impactful internships, been involved in my community, and most importantly, stayed in school.” Kateyah is now a college student attending UNLV pursuing her degree in Marketing and has successfully completed internships with RTC Ride Share, Q3 Student Partners, and Live Nation.

Kateyah’s story is another example of how UWSN and LIT are empowering Southern Nevada students by providing the tools they need to succeed in their future careers. Thank you, Kateyah, for sharing your story and for giving hope to your fellow Southern Nevada students this holiday season. Check out the ways you can continue to spread hope this holiday season below:

  •  Volunteer your time to beautify and prepare books for children at Spread the Word
    Nevada
    • Advocate for our community and share your early education story at uwsn.org/hope

I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 6, 2023

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the first High Notes of 2023! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years. I cannot believe that we are at the second to last installment of our six- week series highlighting what your support of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is doing for our community. This week we will be highlighting our partners in our Community Supports focus area. The following story comes to us from our partner, HELP of Southern Nevada.

Constance was a local 21-year-old that found herself homeless living in a tent with her mother while struggling with substance abuse. Her father passed away when she was only 12 years old and she has no contact with her three other siblings. Constance’s dream of becoming a Pharmacy Technician seemed further out of reach because she found herself involved in some legal issues and did not have a birth certificate or social security card. That’s when Constance came to UWSN’s partner, HELP of Southern Nevada and their Shannon West Homeless Youth Center (SWHYC). The Employment Coordinator at the center assisted Constance with obtaining her identifying documentation so she could officially accept a job offer. Also, through HELP’s Workforce Services program, Contance was able to enroll in a local Walgreen’s “Earn While you Learn” Pharmacy Technician Apprentice Program and was provided clothing to help her succeed during her interview. In the following few months, Constance was able to maintain her employment, attend counselling sessions for her substance abuse, and enroll in workshops to educate herself on how to resolve her legal issues. Thanks to UWSN’s support of HELP of Southern Nevada, Constance is now on a path toward being a self-sufficient adult.

Thank you, Constance, for sharing your story and encouraging others to overcome obstacles and to keep pursuing their dreams. It is stories like these that help continue to spread the message of hope throughout our community this holiday season. Check out a few more ways to get involved and spread hope this new year below:

• Be a data entry volunteer with East Valley Family Services
• Get to know your representatives! Use the “Who’s my Legislator” tool at uwsn.org/hope

Have a wonderful week, stay safe, and stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 13, 2023

Dear Friend,

Welcome to the last installment of our six-week series highlighting what you and your dollars to United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) are doing for our community. During this last week, we will be highlighting our partners in the area of Workforce Development. The following story comes to us from our partner, Chicanos Por La Causa.

Nicole Wilkes is an inspiring and determined young woman who was seeking a way to further her studies and change careers. Her dream is to operate a CDL trucking firm someday. With this goal in mind, Nicole sought help from our partners, Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and enrolled with their new Truck-U program. Prior to beginning her courses, CPLC assisted Nicole in finding a new remote job that would suit her impending class schedule, allowing her to successfully transition into her chosen career path. Ever since our partner Chicanos Por La Causa started assisting Nicole, it has been a joy for them to witness her progress. Nicole began school last year and is currently satisfying all of their paperwork and employment criteria. To date, she is on the correct path to accomplishing her goals. Thanks to the support of UWSN and CPLC, Nicole said she is incredibly appreciative of the chance to start a new remote job while still being able to go to school.

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your story and for showing your dedication to accomplishing your goals and following your dreams. It is stories like these that help continue to spread the message of hope and strengthen our Southern Nevada community. Check out a few more ways to get involved and spread hope this year below:

• Volunteer for the 2023 Southern Nevada Homeless Census
• Learn more and share about the Ride United Program

Thank you again for joining us for our six-week series. We hope you enjoyed reading our stories of
hope and seeing the impact that your support of UWSN has throughout our community.

Have a great weekend, stay safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 20, 2023

Dear Friend,

This first few weeks of the new year have been incredibly profound and instructive as I think about the year ahead. Last week, the African American community came together to celebrate the legacy and the power of a national beloved hero. During the annual MLK Scholarship Banquet, Las Vegas Raiders President, Sandra Douglass Morgan, spoke eloquently about standing on the shoulders of those who have come before us and investing in our community. In thinking about the gift of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he accomplished for every citizen of this great nation, I am overcome with both gratitude and love for this elegant and simple inheritance. Because of the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Julian Bond, and countless number of others, this country is a better place.

It is apparent to me that all of us in this experiment together are here in a covenant of care and transparency. Democracy and freedom require it. I spent a large part of my career in Washington, D.C. where I was privileged to be able to work on advancing the cause of freedom and justice. One of the few reminders that I physically carry with me of those 22 years is a photograph that sits on my desk in my office at UWSN. It is a photo of Julian Bond, noted civil rights champion and former longtime serving chairman of the NAACP, and I, that was taken at a meeting being hosted by a prestigious foundation in New York City. This photo is representative of the fulfillment of my mother’s greatest desires and dreams for her youngest son. In naming me after Mr. Bond, my mother was claiming her hopes for me in an America that she had not yet seen. Another photo of Julian Bond and I that sits on my shelf at home is a photo of him showing me how to take a selfie on my cell phone. It is a sweet moment where I am captured with one of the leading figures of the civil rightsmovement, a friend of Martin’s, Bayard’s, Rosa’s, and of freedom. He is helping to guide me in a way that belies his commitment to all of us in our hopes and dreams for the promise of this country.

I am eternally grateful for these two reminders of my past and of the potential for this country and my community going forward. Hopefully my elders are looking from above and watching me do my small part, as I am so proud of the partnership of UWSN with UNLV and the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) during MLK Day of Service with projects held across the valley, including in our own office. As this new generation finds their way in this great experiment we call America, there is courage to be glimpsed in watching them take a knee during this time of uncertainty where Dr. King’s legacy has never meant more. I am humbled to be and excited for all of us as we continue our march forward to a more perfect and powerful country and community.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 27, 2023

Dear Friend,

This week was a significant one for United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) in that we kicked off our 2023 UWSN Community Impact Grant Program. This program is central to our mission. In describing what UWSN does, our grant making and funding agreements are the life blood of the work we do throughout the organization. We manage over $14 million grant dollars on behalf of federal, state, local, and philanthropic entities. The funding cycle of an expected $1.5 million is UWSN’s direct financial contribution to continue addressing social challenges throughout our community.

Funding for this program will be available to support Southern Nevada nonprofits offering programs in three key categories:

• Student Success: Programs that provide opportunities for children and students from pre-school through high school and higher education
• Workforce Development: Programs that help individuals enter or return to the workforce
• Community Supports: Programs that help people keep a roof over their head, food on the table, and those that ensure equitable access to healthcare, transportation, and crisis services

Applications will be accepted beginning January 24, 2023 through March 10, 2023, at 5 PM (Pacific). To learn how to apply, register for an information session, or to complete the application, visit uwsn.org/funding. Additionally, if you are interested in serving on the proposal review committee, please click here to sign up on our Volunteer Connect portal. Thank you to our Programs team, led by Dr. Aaron Krolikowski, for their dedication and commitment to serving our beloved Southern Nevada community. Remember that every dime you give to UWSN, we invest and steward it to continue to live out our mission of uniting our community to improve people’s lives right here in Southern Nevada.

Thank you for reading and thank you for thinking about including UWSN in your charitable giving.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 3, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we approach the end of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, I thought I would take this time to highlight some of the work being done in this area by our partners here in Southern Nevada. United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) initially began work in this area to build awareness, support, and action to reduce and prevent human trafficking around the world. The project is sponsored by UPS and United Way Worldwide. The initiative is active in Las Vegas, Nevada, Atlanta, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and Brownsville, Texas.

United Way of Southern Nevada is supporting anti-human trafficking efforts by expanding opportunities to volunteer with nonprofits, sponsoring a state-wide policy coalition, and making grant funds available to organizations supporting victims and survivors of human trafficking in Nevada. UWSN sponsors the Nevada Policy Council on Human Trafficking, which is chaired by Lauren Boitel from ImpactNV. The Policy Council creates a forum for people to discuss proposed legislation related to human trafficking. Representatives on the Council include survivors of trafficking and others coming from nonprofit service providers, healthcare, law enforcement, government, lodging, hospitality, and transportation. UWSN also makes grants to nonprofits that are providing services and support to victims and survivors.

One program we support is RISE, which provides direct assistance and support to victims identified by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

There are more than 25 organizations working with the Nevada Policy Council on Human Trafficking These groups are working together with UWSN and ImpactNV to find the best ways forward on behalf of the residents of Nevada. The following organizations are just some of the groups active with the Policy Council: Awaken Reno, Dignity Health, ImpactNV, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Nevada Resorts Association, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen, Signs of HOPE, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, UNSHAKEABLE, and the US Department of Justice.

Many people are not aware that human trafficking occurs in our own community, but it happens in every state in the U.S., including Nevada. Human trafficking is a global issue, and it affects people of all backgrounds. It can come in many forms, and it is important to understand the context and dynamics of a situation you may observe. The best way to recognize trafficking is to pay
attention to the people you know and interact with: your family, friends, students, tenants, children, patients, co-workers, and neighbors. The large and international tourism industry helps to increase the likelihood that people, including children, may come in contact with traffickers.

As major sporting and international events approach here in Southern Nevada, we must ensure that additional resources and strategies are in place to help potential victims of trafficking in all forms. If you or someone you know has been affected by trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text BEFREE to 233-733. I encourage you to support UWSN and donate below to help address this very serious issue.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 10, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we here at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) ease into this chilly month of February, we are also proud to celebrate Black History Month. Upon reflection about what Black History Month means in the context of UWSN and the work we do, in the following weeks, the topic of High Notes will be about my personal journey and how I am able to be effective in this role as the first African
American President and CEO of UWSN and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. In the past, I have made casual references to the importance of some of my role models in the world who are African American and how that ties into my own leadership and
ability to effect change in this community that I adore. There are lots of people in the American Lexicon who deserve to be celebrated during Black History Month, I stand with the country in doing so. But during this extraordinary opportunity that I’ve been given to lead UWSN, I think it’s important that I lay out a vision of what DEI means in this organization and the work we do in this community.

In the High Notes, I have always attempted to show up as my best self, meaning optimistic, hopeful, and ambitious about the road ahead. But in order to take myself and pin my dreams on the best UWSN possible, I need to go down a road that I have attempted to suppress. Travel with me for a moment back in time… Imagine that you are a 20-year-old, bold and brash, young man, attending college in the great state of Indiana, a wonderful place called Wabash College, situated in the town of Crawfordsville, Indiana. One evening after a night out with friends, we decided to go have a bite to eat at the only diner available to us as poor college students. Upon entering Edythe’s, the diner, I was met with a room full of drunk, flannel-clad, mean-spirited men. As I entered the diner with my friends, all of whom were white, the mood in the room became sinister. Derogatory names were hurled at me as if they were weapons meant to destroy me. Being from Las Vegas, I was unaware that such things existed in the world, further testament as to why I love this community so much. I didn’t recoil at their insults at first, but rather laughed thinking that this was a hazing experience my friends were putting me through. I was quickly disabused of this notion as my friend Tom, who was in disbelief, grabbed me
as the men started to physically and aggressively approach me. We were able to escape harm in that moment and ran back to the house we all shared. My friends were visibly shaken and in a moment of profound recognition, I understood what had happened. My
friend, Will, insisted that we call the police. The police went back to the aforementioned diner where all of the men were still meeting. Little did I know that the wonderful people of Crawfordsville, IN, had the stain of a KKK group. Upon inspection of their vehicles, there were lots of weapons, ropes, and dark hearts found. The police let us know about the danger that we had escaped. My friends saved my life that night, but my Las Vegas spirit was deeply wounded. What does this mean to UWSN, to you, or to the incredible team of people that I am blessed to lead?

In my desire to appear powerful, safe, and acceptable to all of the great folks that support the organization, I am someone who in 1989 barely escaped the rope of a lynch mob. My parents were frightened and insisted that I return home after this happened, but I did not. My mother was a  sharecropper’s daughter, born in the 1930s, who walked down the street in Mississippi and had never personally seen such contempt or hatred in the segregated Jim Crow South, as I experienced that night in Indiana. Segregation does no one any favors, but it was shocking to me that people could actually think about inflicting harm on a young college boy, who because of the love and light of this community, could have never imagined that such evil could exist in his world. My hope in writing this, to the community and to the incredible DEI Taskforce at UWSN, is that I never again forget the bleakness of that moment and others that were to follow in my life because of my race. I’ll leave this part of my story on a High Note; there is more to tell. More to share. More victories ahead.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 17, 2023

Dear Friend,

Thank you so much for those of you who have sent thoughtful and empathetic notes about last week’s High Notes. For your consideration, I am detailing my own journey and how it has impacted my outlook, perspective, and leadership. Last week, I shared a fairly horrific experience I had in the 80’s. Today, I would like to fast forward a few decades to the mid-2000’s. By now, I am at the
point in my life’s journey where I am living in Washington, D.C. with my husband, Michael, at the Watergate, working for the executive recruitment firm, Carrington & Carrington.

One afternoon, I was visiting with my friend Nancy Conrad and one of her friends from Los Angeles who was in town promoting a concert. After some conversation, Nancy’s friend invited me with VIP access to attend the show she was producing at a renowned D.C. nightclub that evening. I immediately accepted, with the caveat that I would be arriving late. Upon arrival at the theater, I checked in with the doorman and explained that my name should be on the list. After about 20 minutes of waiting, I went back to ask the doorman for an update. As soon as I did, the doorman flagged down a man in a blue t- shirt and indicated that I was being a problem. The unidentified police officer took me outside where he then shoved me against the wall and told me that I was “not going to be causing problems at his nightclub.” Before I knew it, there were multiple officers surrounding me with guns drawn. One African American police officer told me to be quiet, or I could lose my life. After the officers searched me, took my wallet and ID, and found that I was “clean,” an officer looked at me as I sat in the back of the police car and told me “tonight is your lucky night.” I wasn’t certain what he meant, but I was filled with rage and didn’t know what to do next. On the way home, my rage turned into fury, and I was determined to seek justice. I initially called the police department who sent someone out to investigate. The next morning, I woke up and made a decision; I was not going to pursue the investigation any further and I was going to move on. Deciding to move on without any resolution of the issue proved to be a fleeting gift and a temporary curse.

It gives me no joy to be writing such personal horrors. I believe that in order to be the best leader of UWSN and its extraordinary team, I am required to show up and acknowledge a moment where I wasn’t at my best. This happens to people in all walks of life, but in this role, I am required to lead with my greatest sense of humanity, empathy, and possibility. By ignoring these two significant events in my life, I stalled myself in a remedy that served only my lesser self. Tune in next week where I will offer my own reflections on UWSN and how those experiences impact our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work that is central to UWSN and United Way Worldwide.

Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

February 24, 2023

Dear Friend,

All too often stories of tragedy, pain, and suffering are used to champion a cause or to garner attention. This is not my intention with sharing the stories of parts of my journey in the High Notes. The High Notes are meant to be a glimpse into the work of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) through my lens. It is my sincere desire that my reflections during the past few weeks have
provided more of a perspective than when we began. The reasons we take time every year to celebrate Black Americans and reflect upon the African American experience are noble and just pursuits. The reality of life as a Black Gay Male in this country is that there is a greater statistical probability that you would have been incarcerated, wounded, or killed, ravaged by AIDS (or some other deadly disease), or alternatively left to wither on the vine of poverty and missed opportunity rather than become CEO of a major corporation or your local United Way. This isn’t pessimistic thinking, my friends. This is our dilemma. This is the reality of Black history, and these are the untold stories left out of the lore of Black History. In acknowledging this, it is vital to emphatically state that while history is important, how we aim our arrows moving forward is more important. How we choose to do this is the purpose of organizations such as UWSN, whose mission is to help create that path  forward.

My inspiration and motivation in deciding to expose myself in such a personal and vulnerable way is done with the hopes of moving a conversation along about an anti-racism statement currently being debated by my brilliant and committed UWSN team. My team and I are at loving odds about how far and necessary it is for us to go with this statement. At this moment, I hope the example I set for my
team is rooted in humility and the message simple: that in taking all of the cruelty, rage, and despair of the world, one must be able to absorb the enormity of those blows, take the lessons learned, apply them mercilessly, convert them into loving fuel and fire, and then utilize such tools only for the purpose of good. There is no calling in allowing the limitations and restrictions of despair and misery to define what the future looks like for ourselves and the good of the community.

We will focus on the expressions of forward movement, community action, and brighter futures. It is not enough for me to be the first African American President and CEO of UWSN and it is not enough for us to have the pleasure of seeing so many African American firsts. While I applaud these milestone moments, I cannot wait to celebrate the 151st. The specialness of “first” is woefully ill-suited for the time and maybe a century overdue. Moving forward, I will use my energy to help all of us recognize the power of our unique gifts in the world. As we conclude this three-part series during Black History Month, join me in declaring that the future is ours and it belongs to each one of us in our beloved community. My experiences are a part of the driving force to lead with compassion and a commitment to support segments of the community that are marginalized. I am shaped by my history. I am empowered and emboldened by all of it, and I seek to shout to the mountaintops that everyone has the capacity to rise above the negativity that life often presents. Join me, my friends, in endowing each of us in this community with the opportunity to sing.

Thank you for reading. May the blessings of this month be with you now and always,

Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 3, 2023

Dear Friend,

This week started beautifully when the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) Marketing team and I had the opportunity to be featured on Fox 5 Las Vegas with our partners, Nevada Free Taxes Coalition (NFTC). NFTC is an organization that offers volunteer income tax assistance and preparation that is certified by the IRS. The work that NFTC does is critically important as they are providing an opportunity for residents of Southern Nevada to receive free tax preparation services. Many of you may not know, but Nevada consistently ranks in the lowest tier of states receiving their share of federal tax dollars. There are great organizations such as the Nevada Grant Lab that are working on closing the gap. Many corporations look to locales with well- educated and technically savvy workforces when making decisions about where to locate their companies. While Nevada ranks favorably high in many areas, it is clear that we still have work to do.

As Women’s History Month begins, I would like to offer a quote by Oprah Winfrey who says, “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity.” Here in Southern Nevada, we will rise to the challenge before us. We will improve our rankings in education, continue to diversify and grow our economy, and will rise to meet the challenge of this occasion. Speaking of occasions, UWSN is thrilled to announce that the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon is back. This year’s theme is Women Reimagined. This is an explicit nod to the fact that in these changing times, we are all required to reimagine ourselves, our organizations, and our community. To do so inspires us to dream bigger, climb higher, and to want better things for ourselves and our beloved Southern Nevada community. It is because of Women United‘s work that UWSN has ambitious and diverse goals for problem solving in our
community. We plan to celebrate these incredible women on Saturday, April 22nd at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. Please consider purchasing your tickets and sponsorships today by visiting uwsn.org/wuluncheon.

Lastly, UWSN’s Community Impact Grants request for proposals process is coming to a close next Friday, March 10th. My brilliant team has hosted eight information sessions around the valley for organizations interested in applying for funding that will help our mission of uniting our community to improve people’s lives here in Southern Nevada. Visit uwsn.org/funding to learn more and apply today. It is an exciting time to be leading this amazing organization. I invite all of you to come along with us on this journey where the mission is simple: be thy brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Until next time… Pax,

Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 10, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we ease into Spring, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) continues to live out our mission o uniting our community to improve people’s lives. In doing this important work of helping our Southern Nevada community, I am delighted to announce the addition of three key new hires to the UWSN team that will be vital in our work throughout the upcoming year. Please join me in welcoming Gregory Gudenkauf, Vice President of Philanthropy, Brittany DuPree, Senior Director of Fundraising, and Susan Beaver Thompson, Grant and Proposal Writer.

Gregory, Brittany, and Susan come to our organization with leading expertise that we could not be more grateful to have on our team. For more than six decades, our organization has met the needs of hundreds of thousands of community members, and we could not have done it without the funds raised by our team and the generous gifts from individuals, organizations, and funding partners. Gregory and Brittany’s roles with the Fundraising team and Susan’s role with the Programs team will continue to amplify this work to allow us to continue serving our beloved community throughout the valley.

In his role as Vice President of Philanthropy, Gregory will help develop fundraising plans to grow resources available to support the UWSN mission and the community needs of Southern Nevada, structuring the Fundraising team to implement strategies to achieve its mission and goals. Throughout the year, he seeks to connect a greater segment of the community to the UWSN mission and expand the impact that UWSN has on the lives of people who call Southern Nevada home.

As the Senior Director of Fundraising, Brittany will help support the Fundraising team and enhance impact in the community through strategic fundraising partnerships and initiatives. She will continue to work side-by-side with the Southern Nevada community to shine a spotlight on opportunities for community investments in UWSN. Additionally, she will be responsible for increasing growth in key areas and supporting ongoing fundraising goals.

In a critical support role for the programs team, Susan brings more than 25 years of experience and will research, write, and secure grants to support UWSN’s new and existing programs. She will expand upon the UWSN programs supporting individuals, children, and families across Southern Nevada.

Thank you again for joining me in welcoming these three new faces here at UWSN. As Steve Jobs said,“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 17, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month throughout our beloved community and across the nation, I invite you to tune in to hear a special message regarding Women’s History Month:

Thank you for tuning in! As mentioned, we invite you to join us at our upcoming Women United Fashion Show Luncheon: Women Reimagined on Saturday, April 22nd at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. Learn more and purchase tickets today at uwsn.org/wuluncheon. Until next time…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 24, 2023

Dear Friend,

Catherine Cortez Masto says, “I think the people that we hire in government should be just as diverse as the communities we represent.” I couldn’t agree with her more. I had the good fortune of travelling to Carson City last week in celebration of Nevada Children’s Week. My travel companion was Janet Quintero, Vice President of External Affairs. The thing I was impressed with during our visits was the number of young adults serving in leadership roles in the Nevada State Legislature. Many of them were people of color. I had the pleasure of spending a brief moment talking to Assemblyman Reuben D’Silva from Clark County who is a teacher at Rancho High School. I was moved when he said to me that he was impressed by the work of UWSN. I give all of the credit to my team.
The Assemblyman was there meeting with a room full of young children so he could fully understand the issues of importance to his constituents. I had another meeting with Assemblywoman Torres, who when she was elected, was one of the youngest assembly people ever elected to the Nevada State Legislature. She is a dynamo and committed to making sure that the services delivered, and the responses created to problems reflect the complexity of the community that she represents.

Julie Houchins, our Senior Director of Early Education, has done a splendid job of keeping UWSN connected to the issues concerning early childhood education. She leads our work in managing the Nevada Ready! State Pre-K Program. It is proven that the earlier children learn to read, the more successful they’ll be in school. I am humbled and inspired by the work Julie does in this area that has resulted in a solid partnership with the State of Nevada for several years. Our entire community benefits from the hard work of Julie and the UWSN Early Education team.

One of the delightful pleasures of being able to lead UWSN at this time is that I get to return to Carson City, a place that I believe gave birth to me and my professional aspirations. In my early 20s, I was appointed Assistant Sergeant in Arms for the Nevada State Senate by then Majority Leader Bill Raggio. Many of you will remember Bill Raggio as one of the most effective Nevada State Senate Majority Leaders in the history of this great state. It was a privilege to know him, and I am so thankful for the opportunity he gave me that ignited a passion that remains with me today, which is to be of service to others in our community. Bill Raggio was walking the halls of the Legislative Building with me during our visit last week. I also know that in a private moment granted to me by State Senator Dallas Harris, that new legacies are born and elected to serve every day.

It is fitting that my last meeting of the day was with Lieutenant Governor Stavros Anthony, a former Las Vegas City Council Member, who was gracious enough to meet with us to discuss how in his official capacity, he could be helpful to the work we do at UWSN. We are appreciative of the time he gave us and the energy he is devoting to serving the people of the State of Nevada. It was also
a joy to run into an old friend, Mike Dayton, who has been serving the people of Nevada for a very long time.

Finally, we are also grateful to the Governor of the State of Nevada, Joe Lombardo, and his Chief of Staff, Ben Kieckhefer, who were also willing to open up their calendars and give us time to talk about how we can work together to improve lives here in Southern Nevada. In any other state, these meetings would be considered extraordinary “gets,” but here in Nevada, they are ordinary in that we understand our elected officials are our representatives and accountable to their constituents. As we continue our journey to do good things for the people in Southern Nevada, I hope this moment gives you hope about the political process, our collective roles in it, and everyone’s ability to affect positive change. I am grateful to every elected official that has the courage to run and I know that we can forge a path together that results in the betterment of lives here in Southern Nevada and throughout the State.

Thank you for reading and thank you for caring.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

March 31, 2023

Dear Friend,

During March, beautifully reserved as Women’s History Month, I have had many opportunities to think about all the powerful women worldwide. So it is fitting that UWSN’s Women United (WU) group will celebrate instrumental women in our community in our upcoming Women United Fashion Show Luncheon on April 22nd at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa. The event is shaping up to be quite an affair; we have the excellent opportunity to honor one of our board members for her exemplary service to UWSN, Diane Carlson. She is a powerhouse woman, well-known for her prowess and expertise as Chairman of Catapult Fundraising, whose mission is to provide exceptional fundraising outcomes for its clients. I won’t share much about Diane now, but we are happy to have her on our team and celebrate her next month.

Looking outward, I think about the former prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and the amazing humanity she displayed during the Christchurch Massacre in 2019. We were in Wellington when the mosque shootings occurred, and we arrived in Christchurch the day after. I was struck by the incredible outpouring—of not just sympathy—but the connection on behalf of the people of New Zealand for the victims of the tragedy. I wondered where such enormous humanity emanated from; my question was answered when I turned on the news to hear the address from Jacinda Ardern. In my experience, in these moments, a leader responds with anger, feelings of retribution, and displays of power. In New Zealand, listening to Jacinda, there was none of that. There was simply love and compassion for the victims and the perpetrators of the crime and a call for national displays of love, affection, and care. I realized I had never seen a female head of state in my adult life, barring vague memories of Margaret Thatcher, although I was far too young to have an impression of her while in office. So what does this have to do with United Way of Southern Nevada and the moment we find ourselves talking about Women’s History Month?

Nevada’s congressional delegation has a female majority. Our legislature is the first in the country to have a majority of women in that body. We have female leaders throughout our community: Sandra Douglass Morgan, President of the Las Vegas Raiders; Karen Haller, CEO of Southwest Gas Holdings; our own Denette Suddeth, Regional President and Head of Commercial Banking for PNC Bank in Nevada; Colleen Birch, COO, Fontainebleau Las Vegas; and Renee Wilm, CEO of the new F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix race—and luckily there are so many more stories to share about women rising to the top. In my estimation, we are starting to see the enormous capability for brilliance and care that I witnessed from the PM of New Zealand in our community.

As a man committed to the power and influence of women—and who has been the beneficiary of female mentors and friends—I am overcome with joy at being able to acknowledge some of the women I adore in my life. During Women’s History Month, I would like to give a shoutout to Sue Lowden, Gloria Fine, Lynn Hackerman Weidner, Marie Norris, Tracie Johnson, Lakoiya Glover, Leisa Smith
Moseley-Sayles, Christina Kennelley, and so many others who have meant so much to me in my development and informing my perspective of the world. Brava, Whitney Houston! Brava, Kathleen Battle! And brava, Diana Ross! Three cheers for women, and I am so happy to celebrate them this month and every month.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 7, 2023

Dear Friend,

I recently had the good fortune of stumbling upon a phrase that captivated me. The words of my affection were, “Everything is possible.” Being a native son of Las Vegas, I realized this sentiment is lived in certain fact. I want to spend a few moments relating how this phrase ties to the work of United Way of Southern Nevada.

People have become accustomed to the positive construct of believing that miracles happen, that the universe boomerangs, change occurs, and that missions and visions are realized. And this is true. We must look no further than our own community. When one thinks about the evolution of Las Vegas from a small outpost to the Entertainment Capital of the World, to now the Sports Capital of the World, if we were a less understanding, daring, and bold community, these transformations might have taken their toll on us. From where I sit, the direct opposite is true.

We are at a point of great vulnerability and opportunity within this community we all love. Harry Reid International Airport welcomed 52.7 million passengers in 2022, and the nightly room rate in Las Vegas rose over 24% year-to-year. These are all drivers for our economy that tell an amazing story of resilience. Opportunity comes to us in our community, especially for those who work in the nonprofit sector and work on behalf of those most in need regarding social and economic stability.

Despite the good news, we must steady ourselves in the knowledge that we are coming out of a global pandemic seen once a century. We have the global forces of an economic downturn at our back. Our population has suffered many years of misdirected and ineffective investments in the improvement conversation. My brothers, sisters, cousins, and all of us who have loyally bought into the dream and hope of what Southern Nevada can be need support and a new way forward to see the transformation we have worked so hard to make happen.

What’s possible in this community? We have organizations like the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, led so passionately and competently by my colleague Barbara Buckley (the first female Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly). The organization has seen year- over-year increase in the need for legal services for those most in need in our community. It’s not just in the legal sector where we see an ever-increasing need but in almost every service provider category in the nonprofit community. There is an increase of a sometimes- daunting nature for additional services. I have many talented and dedicated colleagues in the CEO Exchange. It is the collaborative and cooperative group of the CEOs of some of the most recognizable nonprofit organizations in Southern Nevada, like Bob Brown at Opportunity Village and Liz Ortenburger from SafeNest.

Please forgive the dramatic pause and return next week when I continue highlighting more CEO Exchange members and the awe-inspiring idea that everything is possible. Because you are reading, I know this to be so. So, until next week, I wish you the power of possibility.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 14, 2023

Dear Friend,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As I write this, I am reveling in the beauty of spring. Last week, I mentioned that I would start highlighting the work of several of our community partners and some of the leaders within the CEO Exchange. Watch this brief video to learn more about the fantastic work they are doing in the community.

Watch this week’s edition of the High Notes!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

April 21, 2023

Dear Friend,

I am fastening my seatbelt and getting ready for a tremendous ride. As I write this, we here at United Way of Southern Nevada are preparing for an extraordinary week that demonstrates what I love most about leading this organization. I get to witness the efforts, the energy, and the hard work of an amazing team of people committed to improving lives in Southern Nevada.

“What does he speak of?” you may ask. I’m speaking about the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) team, who has been planning and working for months on the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon: Women Reimagined. It is gratifying for me because I love the Women United giving group. They were founded 16 years ago, raised over $3.4 million, and have given more than 8,000 volunteer hours to this community. I often say they are the DNA of why we do what we do at UWSN. I couldn’t be more pleased to congratulate Women United on this occasion. I want to thank Marta Poling Schmitt and Wendy Preyssler for their contribution in co-chairing the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon. We are beyond grateful. By the time you read this, the event tomorrow will be sold out. We are expecting almost 500 people who will celebrate the women working hard to lead the charge and inspire the change.

This week, we were in Carson City at the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Day at the Nevada Legislature, hosted with our partners at the CEO Exchange and the Moonridge Group. This day, facilitated by Jessica Rauch of the CEO Exchange, Julie Murray of the Moonridge Group, and UWSN, was hosted for those in the nonprofit sector to make the case of important issues to legislators to support those most in need. Being able to work alongside our elected officials to help people within our community is a time-honored tradition that we must not take for granted. So that’s it for the week, my friends. We are working hard to be the best we can for this community, and we hope that you are taking care of yourselves and each other.

Until next time…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

April 28, 2023

Dear Friend,

We had such a fantastic time at the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon: Women Reimagined! Thank you to our event co-chairs, Reverend Dr. Marta Poling Schmitt and Wendy Preyssler for your boundless energy and incredible leadership in making this event such a smashing success. Congratulations to Diane Carlson on receiving the UWSN Women United Lifetime Achievement Award. There is no one I know more deserving of such an honor. Finally, thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors, we cannot imagine doing it without you and cannot wait to do it again next year. Until then, take a look and enjoy the show.

Click here to view additional photos from the event. Stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 5, 2023

Dear Friend,

It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since we relaunched our Golf United Tournament. In less than a week, it is our great pleasure to present the Golf United Tournament again and we hope that if you haven’t already signed up for your foursome, that you do so right away.

Meanwhile, take a look at this video from last year and join us this year for Golf United 2023…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 12, 2023

Dear Friend,

One of the humbling and satisfying things about the almost two-years I’ve had the privilege of leading United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is the intensity and the frequency in which we are in touch and involved in the community. As I write this, we will have hosted our Golf United Tournament at Revere Golf Club. In the weeks leading up to the Golf United Tournament, we hosted the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon, engaged our stakeholders in important conversation about what to fund in this next funding cycle, and participated in other activities meant to engage the Southern Nevada community.

One of the sacred responsibilities of UWSN is to be a bridge between the various stakeholders in this community. This group is a diverse one ranging from for-profit businesses, multi-national companies, and family-owned businesses that are all key drivers of our economic prosperity. UWSN seeks to drive collaboration and encourage our community to help those most in need. As we continue
to refine, define, and increase our engagement here in Southern Nevada, we do well to pause for a moment and remember the following story from one of our partners, Boys Town Nevada:

Imagine you are a father who recently received full custody of your three children and a newcomer to the Las Vegas Valley. Where would you turn to find resources for your family after losing your job? Boys Town Nevada, one of UWSN’s funded partners, used their Care Coordination Services to assist. Boys Town Nevada helped our father gain needed guidance to find a permanent home for his family within his budget, as well as navigate how to enroll his children in the Innovations International Charter School of Nevada. He gained a full-time security position with full benefits and continues to be a great advocate for his family. Thanks to support from UWSN and Boys Town, this father received the support he needed to ensure his
family could survive.

At UWSN, we are committed to our mission and devoted to making sure that we are acting on behalf of  people in the community that count on us during moments of crises. We are honored to serve and in our service, we are grateful to do so. Next week we will visit Carson City for United Way Day at the Legislature. The purpose of United Way Day is to educate our State elected officials about the issues of importance to those served by UWSN and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS). UWSN and UWNNS have been educating and advocating on behalf of those most in need in Nevada for over 145 years. One thing that is abundantly clear post-pandemic is that the people of this great State can count on United Ways. In this moment of recalibration and looking forward with optimism and hope, we know we can count on you.

See you next week, until then, be safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 19, 2023

Dear Friend,

This past weekend was Mother’s Day and I typically spend the day in celebration of the many women I love and adore. However this  year, I found it hard to do so because I was taking a restful break after the tremendous amount of work and activities we have been engaged in at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). Four weeks ago, UWSN endeavored to engage the community in deep and
meaningful ways through public facing events. The first being cohosting Nonprofit and Philanthropy Day at the Nevada State Legislature with our partners, the CEO Exchange and the Moonridge Group. During this amazing day, we were able to harness the energy and dedication of over 90 leaders of the nonprofit and philanthropic communities with a series of talks and visits with our Legislative members, State officials, and Constitutional officers. In a powerful moment, our own Governor Lombardo reminded us of our importance and connectivity to the issues of the day.

Two short days later, we were the grateful and humble hosts of the Women United Fashion Show Luncheon, attended by the First Lady of our great State, Mrs. Donna Lombardo, where we were able to welcome over 400 Women United supporters and members to the Red Rock Resort and Spa. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, PNC Bank, and our amazing event co-chairs, Marta Poling Schmitt and Wendy Preyssler. This wonderful event consisted of a dynamic program that set the stage and infused the energy needed for the work ahead. Thank you again to all of our sponsors and supporters for your continued support and dedication.

Two weeks after the Women United Luncheon, UWSN hosted our annual Golf United Tournament where almost 300 golfers turned out to show their support for UWSN. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Station Casinos, for their incredible support. I would also like to thank again our Golf United Tournament host, Marty Cordova, former MLB player and current UWSN Board Member, for his incredible leadership during this event. If you missed either of these events this year, you don’t want to miss them next year. I am so grateful for the incredible work and energy of the UWSN team for being able to execute these events at such a high level.

Lastly, this week, we hosted United Way Day at the Legislature, in partnership with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. Your United Way of Southern Nevada team hosted these four key events while also wrapping up the RFP process where we are now poised to award over $1.5 million to nonprofit partners and organizations throughout our community.

In my reflection of these past four weeks, I’ve thought of some advice given to me by my mother, “all good things must come to an end.” As we wind down these last few weeks of events and head into  our final few weeks of the fiscal year, I humbly petition the members of this community to consider making a generous gift to UWSN to continue the work of supporting those most vulnerable in the Southern Nevada community. Yes, it is true, all good things must come to an end – but not until we can claim victory and success in everything we do to help our fellow citizens.

Stay cool, help your neighbors stay cool, and take care one another.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

May 26, 2023

Dear Friend,

As I mentioned in last week’s High Notes, one of the things that we value and appreciate about the role of United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is our ability to connect with and work on behalf of stakeholders in this community. As we approach Memorial Day and think about the reasons we love this country and those who have served it and continue to serve it, I’ve had moments of reflection
about our recent visit with State Attorney General Aaron Ford. Attorney General Ford is an exemplary leader who has served the state well. I had the good fortune of being in the room with him as he prepared to make remarks to a group of United Way supporters on United Way Day at the Legislature last week. Attorney General Ford decided to take a more spontaneous approach and spoke with passion and conviction from his heart before agreeing to take questions. At the end of the discussion, he mentioned he had prepared remarks and decided not to use them. I asked the Attorney General if we could have his remarks to share more widely with all of you.
Please read his remarks below. They remind me of why UWSN and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) are so critical to have in this community and state. Thank you, Attorney General Ford, for allowing us to share your message.

Stay cool, help your neighbors stay cool, and take care of one another.

Pax,

Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 2, 2023

Dear Friend,

As United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) prepares to end our financial year, we are proud to continue our celebration of our 65th anniversary. I find it appropriate to talk a little bit about what it has meant to celebrate UWSN’s 65 years as I celebrate my 55th birthday. Many years ago, UWSN was founded by a group of community minded leaders who understood the importance of community and taking care of one another, especially our neighbors in need of support. UWSN was originally named the United Fund of Clark County. The simplicity in the name and in the declaration is that we are united as a community with a common goal of taking care of one another. We have a responsibility in this community to do our best by one another.

The world is coming out of a pandemic. During the pandemic, both United Ways in the State of Nevada were trusted and credible partners with State, Local, and Federal governments. Searching for reason and meaning during this tumultuous time, the pandemic showed all of us, in every stripe and color, our full capacity to overcome adversity. I remember being terrified to walk my dog and dreading what would happen if I brought the virus into my home. At the time, it seemed to be a rational fear. Looking back at that moment, it is clear to me that this community and the world were petrified. As time moves on, we
have a tendency to forget about our past traumas. There is a mistake in believing that we have a way to erase our pain from existence.

Last week, Attorney General Aaron Ford spoke of his admiration for UWSN and United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS). He detailed how we stood up for our fellow citizens in the community and delivered critical and essential emergency services during the pandemic. It was an awe-inspiring occurrence to see nonprofit communities around the world stand up to support and serve those most in need. What this also demonstrates is when there is collective will, any challenge can be overcome, and victory won.

What does this have to do with me turning 55 and UWSN’s 65th anniversary? This is about hope. I have seen many mountains and valleys, have crossed many deserts, and have lived in lush magical forests. Through those times, I have come to understand the beauty and power of the human spirit. We are forever changed as a community.

Experts believe the economic prosperity of the community is returning in a positive and profitable way. Yet, we haven’t fully accounted for all of the people who have decided in one way or the other to check out and remain uncounted. Have we, as a community, been forward-looking and fully appreciative of the reality of what life is like for those most in need in our community? In our quest to move on and forge ahead, do we fully understand the problems left unresolved in the wake of the pandemic? One of our responsibilities at UWSN is to help raise these issues with thoughtfulness and care. We do so grounded in humility. As we continue to navigate through the most complex societal issues of the day, we need the support and resources of this community. Would you, gentle reader, do something extraordinary for the extraordinary people we call neighbors and friends?

As you contemplate the message of this High Notes, on the eve of my birthday, please consider making a donation to UWSN. Anything raised is a sign of faith and that will feel like a very happy birthday indeed.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 9, 2023

Dear Friend,

Since I joined United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) almost two years ago, we have been working hard to expand our three important giving groups to UWSN. We use the term giving group in order to describe a collection of individuals who join together in order to support UWSN financially and the work we do in Southern Nevada.

UWSN’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) is a network of young professionals who share a passion for advancing community solutions in Southern Nevada. YLS members give $250 or more annually to support our Southern Nevada community. Through networking events, volunteer opportunities, and innovative trainings, members leverage the power of UWSN to give, advocate, and volunteer for our community. YLS members expand their professional networks, enhance their philanthropic leadership skills by building connections in the community, and give back through volunteering at UWSN events and with UWSN’s nonprofit partner agencies. I believe that in any community it is important to begin the process of civic engagement at an early age. The YLS group showcases the very best about the young adults making things happen in the Las Vegas valley.

For sixteen years, UWSN’s Women United has invested $3.4 million and committed 8,000 volunteer hours to empower the next generation of women leaders and reimagine the future of Southern Nevada. Women United members give $1,000 or more annually to support UWSN’s mission. Last year, UWSN’s Women United was proud to be able to fund programs focusing on issues impacting women and their families in Southern Nevada. The mission of UWSN’s Women United is to empower Southern Nevada women as leaders, supporting their education, career advancement, financial stability, health, and well-being. One of the things that is remarkable to me is the extent to which Women United has been able to fundamentally change the focus and philanthropic makeup of UWSN. This group was originally intended to give voice to women who were interested in participating in the life of United Way’s around the country. It is not surprising to me that our own UWSN Women United has had tremendous impact throughout the community.

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society (ADT) members are philanthropists who demonstrate extraordinary generosity to our community by investing $10,000 or more annually. These individuals and couples make an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. Members are recognized for their commitment and for inspiring others to greater philanthropy. In a time when the need is so great, the leaders among us rise up with renewed willingness to tackle the biggest challenges—they are UWSN’s Tocqueville Society members, the cornerstone of United Way. Around the country, some of our sister United Way’s are blessed to have Alexis de Tocqueville Society’s consisting of hundreds of people from their communities. I am making the claim today that our United Way will soon join the ranks of our esteemed colleagues around the country in nurturing an Alexis de Tocqueville Society with hundreds of members. The times require such energy and our community deserves such effort.

The unifying theme of this High Notes is generosity. The information shared here is intended to motivate those of you in the community who truly care and want to make a difference. These groups, despite their genetic differences, are one way that the residents of Southern Nevada can get involved with UWSN. In a community built on the spirit of generosity, it is incumbent upon us to lean into our heritage on always doing better, building bigger, and achieving miraculously. Let us honor and demonstrate that value to help those most in need in our Southern Nevada community.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 16, 2023

Dear Friend,

It’s always safe to bet on Las Vegas. Just ask Bill Foley, owner of the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK). Congratulations are of the highest order to Mr. Foley and his team who have won the Stanley Cup in just six seasons of becoming an NHL franchise. Only in our beloved community is this possible. The UWSN team and I were so excited that we wanted to share this message with the VGK and all of you. A win for the Vegas Golden Knights is a win for our entire Southern Nevada community.

GO KNIGHTS GO!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 23, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we reflect on what it means to have celebrated Juneteenth for the third time in the history of our nation and for the first time in the history of our great State, I am filled with gratitude and am steeled for the road ahead as this great country continues to march forward. The reality is there were millions of enslaved African Americans in this country before and after the Emancipation Proclamation. These ordinary people were forced into a system where they had to get up every day, oftentimes in inhumane circumstances, go to work, produce at extraordinarily high levels, only to be diminished in the reality that their contributions and their bodies were the property of someone else.

Now, I ask you to think more optimistically about being a young person in this country, who in 2008 witnessed the election of the first African American president of the U.S.A. It is not so hard for me to imagine since I was blessed with this very joy in my own life. All of this is connected to Juneteenth in that we are called to remember the sacrifices of a group of American citizens excluded from the benefits of freedom, only to be reunited with her in one of our most glorious moments. It is striking when one thinks about the evident progress we have made in this relatively short period of time.

This brings me to the point of this week’s High Notes and the connection of what we are doing at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) for the greater purpose of freedom and prosperity. The progress we have made as a society in this country and community is informed by the struggles of not only Black people, but by the collective struggles of all people. There are many naysayers and doubters who say change has come too slow and freedom has been suspended in despair and fear. I argue otherwise. What we are doing in this country, state, and community is working towards a goal never seen or tried in the history of humankind. This requires patience, forgiveness, and love as we celebrate the spirit of those we honor in the acknowledgement of Juneteenth – all things we are so well equipped to give in Southern Nevada.

Coming out of an extraordinary past couple of months, the message is clear. Here in Southern Nevada, we are building a shining city in the desert where prosperity and opportunity is shared amongst all. All we need to do is lean into our destiny and celebrate our commitment to forward movement. For this, I am grateful for the struggles of my people, their perseverance, and the victory which is all of ours to claim.

I hope in sharing this message with you all that you are refreshed and renewed by the promise of

Juneteenth.
Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

June 30, 2023

Dear Friend,

As I write this, I am packing, planning, and prepping for a long awaited vacation. I turned 55 this year, and it is clear to me that 55 is no 25. In fact, it’s not even 45. The multiplier of years feels more like decades year over year. On the occasion of my 55th birthday, my dear and generous husband, Michael, informed me that he will be taking me away for an exciting summer vacation. I was filled with gratitude and love, because somehow, I had forgotten the importance and value of travel, getting away, and reset.

In this moment while I decide which things to pack, to send early, or to leave behind, my mind turns to the work ahead and to the question of, what is important in life? Much like packing for a trip, life is a series of choices. Does one fill one’s bag with only the essentials and reap the benefits of travelling light? Conversely, does one overstuff the luggage, seemingly prepare for every one of life’s contingencies, and carry the burden of that weight? At some point in our lives, we are either one or the other, or some combination of both. The truth as I know it and have lived for the majority of my life is – even if the bag is full of seemingly priceless designer goods, it is important to shed those things in order to continue down the path of realizing one’s greatest self.

Today I write to you to thank you for coming along with me on this part of my United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) journey. I am excited about a few things I would like to share. The first is that in my almost two years of leading this organization, being President and CEO of UWSN has been the greatest adventure of my life. Second, I haven’t always gotten it right. Third, the load that I carry must shift in order to continue to increase the capacity and the effectiveness of the organization and the work we do in the community. I could not be more excited for the opportunity to shift and grateful that UWSN’s Chief Operating Officer has joined the team to help us in that endeavor.

Stay tuned for more information. This is au revoir for now as we are taking the High Notes on hiatus for the Summer. We have lots of things planned for our community that we will be working very hard on during my time away. For the next few weeks, my life will center around sunny ports and ancient ruins, a welcome and necessary respite. In the meantime, please be on the lookout for notes and information from the UWSN team about everything United Way. Hopefully I will see you back here in the early Fall. I am so grateful for your reading.

Until then, stay tuned…

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 15, 2023

Dear Friend,

I hope this message finds you well. It brings me immense joy to be back in your inbox after a brief summer High Notes hiatus. I’ve missed connecting with you all and sharing the incredible journey we are on together. Today, I have some exciting news to share that highlights the extraordinary times we find ourselves in as a community.

United Way of Southern Nevada is proud to announce our partnership with the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee to launch the 2024 Vegas Sports Jackpot and co-present our 8th Annual Day of Caring with the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee. This collaboration marks a historic moment in Las Vegas history as we prepare to host the Super Bowl this upcoming year.

This partnership embodies the spirit of unity, community, and the power of coming together for a common cause. The Super Bowl is more than just a football game; it’s an event that brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate, engage, and give back to our community in a meaningful way. The 2024 Vegas Sports Jackpot offers a unique raffle experience, where the fortunate winner will receive a coveted pair of tickets to a wide array of prestigious sporting events in Las Vegas. By participating in this raffle, you not only stand a chance to be a part of the thriving Las Vegas sports scene, but you give back to our beloved community with the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee Charities and the United Way of Southern Nevada.

To be a part of this one-of-a-kind raffle, you can purchase your tickets below or join us at our 8th Annual Day of Caring Kickoff to learn more about our partnership with the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. This will be a momentous occasion, combining the passion of our volunteers with the excitement of Super Bowl festivities. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase the incredible heart and soul of our community to the world and demonstrate how we rally behind the spirit of giving.

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We encourage you to buy as many raffle tickets as you can in support of the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee Charities and United Way of Southern Nevada to create a lasting impact on our community. The United Way network and the NFL are celebrating 50 years of an extraordinary partnership together. Whether you’re a long-time supporter or new to our cause, your participation and support are invaluable. We are so fortunate to have an amazing partner in the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee.

Thank you for your unwavering support of United Way of Southern Nevada. We are excited about this journey ahead and the positive change we can bring to Southern Nevada through our partnership with the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee. What a thrill it is to be here in my beloved community as we fully embrace our future as the sports and entertainment capital of the world. It’s a safe bet – this is going to be the best Super Bowl the world has ever seen.

Let’s make history, not just on the football field but in the hearts and lives of those we serve.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

September 21, 2023

Dear Friend,

Tomorrow, September 22nd, we have the remarkable opportunity to come together for a day that embodies the true spirit of community – United Way of Southern Nevada’s 8th Annual Day of Caring, presented by the Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII Host Committee Charities.
Day of Caring is not just an event; it’s a celebration of the profound impact we can make when we unite in service to others. It’s a day filled with compassion, gratitude, love, and the belief that we can create positive change right here in Southern Nevada.

Volunteering is a powerful way to connect with your community, make a lasting impact, and be the change we want to see in the world. It’s a chance to reach out a helping hand and remind our neighbors that they are not alone. When we volunteer, we are not just giving our time, we are spreading hope, kindness, and the promise of a brighter future.

As tomorrow approaches, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our Day of Caring Premier Sponsor, PNC Bank. Their steadfast support has been instrumental in making this event possible. Their commitment to our community is truly remarkable, and we are honored to have them as our partners in this journey.

I would also like to extend our thanks to all our sponsors who have generously contributed to make this day possible. Your support is invaluable, and it empowers us to continue our mission of improving lives and strengthening Southern Nevada. We understand that not everyone can join us physically tomorrow, but you can still be part of the positive change. If you are unable to join us at Day of Caring, you can still support United Way of Southern Nevada by making a donation on our website. Every dollar counts and brings us one step closer to building a stronger, more vibrant community. Every dollar raised here stays here.

For those of you who are joining us tomorrow, I look forward to seeing you at our Day of Caring Kickoff Celebration at 8:30 AM at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, located in Town Square Las Vegas before we head out into the community for our volunteer projects. Let’s come together, lend a hand, and show our community that we care.

I would also like to express my immense gratitude to the owners of Stoney’s Rockin’ Country for the generous gift of their fabulous location for our Day of Caring Kickoff Celebration.

Thank you for being part of the United Way mission. Your dedication to making a positive impact inspires us every day.

Pax,
Julian High

October 6, 2023

Dear Friend,

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you – United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has once again been awarded the prestigious Platinum Seal of Transparency by Candid for the second consecutive year. In addition, we have earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. These accomplishments are a testament to our commitment to transparency, accountability, and the meaningful impact of our work in the community.

As we continue our mission to improve lives and build a stronger Southern Nevada, these acknowledgements are significant. They are more than just symbols of recognition; they signify our unwavering dedication to being responsible stewards of the generous donations we receive from our supporters, like you.

The Platinum Seal of Transparency from Candid is awarded to organizations that provide complete up-to-date and comprehensive information about their programs, finances, and impact. It reflects our commitment to open communication, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of how your support is making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

The Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator is a testament to our sound fiscal management practices, demonstrating that we are using your donations efficiently to achieve our goals. This recognition reinforces your trust in UWSN as a responsible and effective charitable organization.

Now, more than ever, the need for community support is vital. The challenges our neighbors face are evolving, and UWSN is steadfast in our commitment to addressing them head-on. Your continued support is instrumental in helping us make a lasting impact on our community.

To sustain and expand our efforts, we kindly ask for your continued support. Your generous contribution will enable us to reach even more individuals and families in need, providing them with the assistance and resources required to build brighter futures.

Your investment in UWSN is an investment in the well-being of Southern Nevada. Together, and united, we can create positive change, one life at a time. Thank you for your unwavering support and for believing in our mission. We are deeply grateful for your partnership in our journey to create a stronger, more vibrant community.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 13, 2023

Dear Friend,

With your permission, I would like to share a little bit about the importance of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women United giving group and their upcoming 16th annual Women United Suit Drive. I believe that our Women United giving group is a part of our DNA. The contributions made by past, current, and future Women United members, will be forever lasting. The Women United Suit Drive holds a special place in our hearts, and it represents a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and make a meaningful impact.

Over the years, the Women United giving group has played a pivotal role in our organization’s mission. They have been champions of positive change, not only in Southern Nevada, but also historically around the world. Their dedication to empowering women, fostering equality, and strengthening communities has left an indelible mark on countless lives. The impact of Women United resonates far and wide, and it’s a testament to the incredible work that can be achieved when women join forces for a common cause.

As we gear up for our 16th annual Women United Suit Drive, we invite you to get involved and make a difference in our community. One simple yet impactful way to contribute is by clearing out your closets this weekend. Men, you’re invited to participate too. Our clothing donation collection will begin on Monday, October 16, and run through Friday, November 3. Your gently used professional clothing can make a world of difference in the lives of those striving for success in their careers. I would also like to say thank you to UWSN Board Member, Jerrie Merritt, Senior Vice President of Community Development at Nevada State Bank, for agreeing to be the chair of the 16th annual Women United Suit Drive committee.

There are also many other ways to engage with Women United and support this incredible cause:

1. Women United Ladies’ Night Mixer (October 18): Join us for an evening of networking and inspiration from 4:30pm – 7:30pm at Inspired Closets to kickoff this year’s Suit Drive! Connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for positive change.

2. Volunteer to Sort Clothing (November 1, 2, and 3): Roll up your sleeves and lend a helping hand as we sort through the generous donations received. Your time and effort will be greatly appreciated.

3. Purchase a Ticket or Sponsorship for the Women United Suit Drive Luncheon (November 9): Be a part of our signature event, where we celebrate the impact of the Women United Suit Drive and the positive change this event continues to drive in our community.

Your support, whether through direct giving, clothing donations, volunteering, or attending events, directly contributes to the success of our mission. Together, we can help women in our community build a foundation for a brighter future. As Susan B. Anthony says, “Independence is happiness.”

Join us in this remarkable journey, as we strive to make Southern Nevada an even better place to live, work, and thrive. For more information and to get involved, please visit uwsn.org/suitdrive.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and I look forward to seeing you at the Women United events throughout the month of November. This year’s menu of offerings is particularly important as we wind down celebrating our 65th anniversary here at United Way of Southern Nevada. It has been a glorious anniversary, and we cannot wait to celebrate its official ending this year. Together, we can create lasting change.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 20, 2023

Dear Friend,

I hope this message finds you well. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the enlightening Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) October Luncheon, where we were fortunate to hear from our esteemed UWSN Chairman of the Board, Don Snyder. Don Snyder is known as a singular individual who has accomplished so much for the residents in the Southern Nevada community. Don had the opportunity to be interviewed by our Board Vice Chair, Diane Carlson, Chairman of Catapult Fundraising. Don’s insights on philanthropy, ethical values, and business left a lasting impression on all of us.

One of the key highlights from Don’s speech was the profound impact of core values instilled during his childhood. He emphasized the pivotal role his family played, with a strong emphasis on trust, integrity, and the importance of treating others the way you wish to be treated. He also stressed the significance of hard work and maintaining a balance between professional and personal life, underscoring the value of strategic thinking and the necessity of involvement in the community.

Don highlighted how values cultivated early in life continue to guide us throughout our journey, emphasizing that they can be refined but not created. He emphasized the critical role of educational institutions, particularly K-12 education, in fostering a strong community. This ties to Student Success being one of UWSN’s focus areas. Specifically, our Nevada Ready! Pre-K program which has assisted more than 5,000 students with access to high quality early education. Don’s own experience with The Smith Center and the challenges faced in the absence of performing arts and cultural organizations underscored the vital role of such entities in community development.

Don spoke about the number of individuals willing to step up into leadership roles within our community. He emphasized that the infrastructure of a community isn’t limited to physical structures but extends to cultural, educational, and philanthropic dimensions.

When asked about his greatest legacy, Don stated that The Smith Center was his greatest accomplishment. As we all know, The Smith Center is an incredibly important institution here in Southern Nevada founded by Don and Dee Snyder, Elaine Wynn, Beverly Rogers, Bennett Family Foundation, Jerry and Maryanna Herbst, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, among others. It was during this time that Don was able to tap into the grand ambitions of the community to help deliver The Smith Center designed by my good friend’s firm, David M. Schwarz Architects. I am hoping to convince Gregory Hoss, the President of the firm, to join us for a special occasion in December. Stay tuned.

As we reflect on Don’s insights, let us recognize the importance of his message in shaping our approach toward community building and the immense potential for positive change that lies within each of us.

Moving forward, I urge you to join us in our mission to create a lasting impact in Southern Nevada. Your generous donations to United Way of Southern Nevada enable us to continue our efforts in enhancing the lives of those in need and fostering a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

October 27, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we celebrate Nevada Day, a time to reflect on the rich history and spirit of our great state, I am reminded of the incredible community that makes Nevada truly special. Here at United Way of Southern Nevada, we are proud to be an integral part of the fabric that binds our communities together.

Although most are aware that United Way of Southern Nevada does great things in our community, we are sometimes asked, “What does UWSN do?” Our answer is simple: We are dedicated to improving lives and creating lasting change across Southern Nevada. Through our collaborative efforts with local organizations and community leaders, we address critical issues such as education, health, and financial stability. Our mission is to harness the compassion and commitment of individuals and organizations to build a stronger, more vibrant community.

To provide you with a firsthand glimpse of our impact, we have created a video that showcases our work and the transformative difference we make. I encourage you to take a moment to watch the video below.

By watching the video, hopefully you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the meaningful initiatives and programs that define our mission. Your support is vital in our endeavor to uplift our communities. Your donation to United Way of Southern Nevada directly contributes to initiatives that foster a more vibrant and connected community.

As we bring our 65th anniversary celebration to a close, I would like to ask you to consider making a special donation in recognition of UWSN’s longevity and impact in our community. The original founders of this organization are many of the leading business, political, and civic leaders in Southern Nevada. We lift them up and the legacies they have created through UWSN and are forever grateful for their contributions.

Thank you for being an integral part of our journey to unite our community to improve people’s lives.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 3, 2023

Dear Friend,

I am delighted to invite you to our highly anticipated Women United Suit Drive Luncheon, taking place next week on Thursday, November 9th, at 11:30 AM. We will gather at the beautiful Via Brasil Steakhouse to celebrate the success of our 16th Annual Women United Suit Drive.

The Women United Suit Drive is an extraordinary initiative that empowers women and makes a meaningful impact on our community. As our Suit Drive collections come to a close today, I want to emphasize that it’s not too late to be part of this inspiring event. You still have a few more days to purchase your ticket or sponsorship for the luncheon, where we will come together to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of this essential program.

Our luncheon promises to be a day of inspiration, featuring a panel of remarkable women leaders who will discuss the importance of empowering women to effect positive change on a global scale. We are thankful for their time, and I am thrilled to introduce our distinguished panelists, including esteemed leaders such as Latoya Holman, Chief Development Officer for The Public Education Foundation; Kat Klehm, Executive Director, Lincoln Dynamic Foundation; Cindy Trussel, CEO of Lighthouse Charities; and our very own, Janet Quintero, Vice President of External Affairs at UWSN.

I would also like to express my deep appreciation to News 3 Las Vegas for hosting me in the studio last week, allowing us to shed light on our Women United Suit Drive and the upcoming luncheon. You can watch the interview here to learn more about the luncheon details and to secure your ticket or sponsorship today.

In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” These words resonate deeply with the spirit of our Women United Suit Drive and the luncheon. It’s through unity and collective action that we can create lasting change in the lives of women in our community.

We eagerly look forward to seeing you at the Women United Suit Drive Luncheon, where we will come together to celebrate our accomplishments and inspire positive change. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of something truly transformative.

Purchase your ticket or sponsorship today at uwsn.org/suitdrive and join us in making a difference.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 10, 2023

Dear Friend,

As Veterans Day approaches, it is with great pride and gratitude that I reflect on the sacrifices made by the courageous individuals who have served our country. At United Way of Southern Nevada, we hold a deep appreciation for the immeasurable contributions of our veterans, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting them and their families.

On this special day, it gives me immense pleasure to shine a light on one of our funded community partners, Kline Veterans Fund. Dedicated to serving the veterans in our Southern Nevada community, Kline Veterans Fund has been instrumental in transforming the lives of many through their Homes for the Brave program. This initiative aims to provide crucial support for housing and rapid rehousing, with a special focus on veterans with disabilities and chronic illness, senior citizens, single parents, and families with minor children. Their mission aligns seamlessly with our vision of creating a strong and supportive community for all. We are truly grateful for the outstanding work carried out by Kline Veterans

Fund, as they consistently strive to ensure that our local veterans receive the assistance they need. It is through their unwavering dedication and your invaluable support that we are able to continue uplifting and empowering our community.

Your support of United Way of Southern Nevada allows us to sustain our commitment to our funded community partners, such as Kline Veterans Fund, and assists us in making a lasting and positive impact on the lives of those who have served our nation.

To discover more about our incredible community partners and learn how you can contribute to our cause, please visit our website today at uwsn.org.

Thank you for joining us in honoring and supporting our veterans.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

November 17, 2023

Dear Friend,

I pen this High Notes today to express my heartfelt gratitude for the past few weeks that I have spent in our Southern Nevada community. I was recently invited to speak at the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits Conference. It was indeed an honor to be part of such an inspiring gathering of individuals dedicated to creating positive change in our Southern Nevada community. I would like to share some of my closing remarks from the conference with you today.

The theme of this year’s conference was, “Transformational Leadership: Building Capacity for Today & Tomorrow.” This resonates deeply with the challenges and opportunities we face in our dynamic and ever-evolving nonprofit sector.

During my closing remarks, I emphasized the pivotal role the next generation of leaders plays in shaping the future of our organizations and communities. I shared insights into one of our giving groups, United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Leaders Society (YLS), designed to inspire today’s young professionals to become tomorrow’s philanthropic leaders. YLS not only provides a platform for professional development but also fosters a culture of philanthropy and volunteerism, essential components of transformational leadership.

In the spirit of transformational leadership, I emphasized the importance of community partnerships, citing the remarkable collaboration between UWSN and the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee (LVSBHC). This partnership, as we prepare to host the Super Bowl, exemplifies how working together can create synergies greater than the sum of their parts.

As we strive for a more equitable future, I encouraged conference attendees to keep the theme of transformational leadership, philanthropy, and community partnerships at the forefront of their minds. Together, we can build the capacity for a brighter and more impactful tomorrow.

It was also an honor to recently participate in a tour of several local nonprofits this past week, hosted by the Nevada Nonprofit Legislative Caucus chaired by Assemblywoman Tracy Brown-May and vice-chaired by Assemblywoman Erica Mosca, and the CEO Exchange. Assemblywoman Shea Backus, Assemblywoman Tracy Brown-May, Assemblyman Max Carter, Assemblywoman Heidi Kasama, Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno, Assemblywoman Erica Mosca, Assemblywoman Shondra Summers- Armstrong, and Assemblywoman Clara (Claire) Thomas all took part of this remarkable moment. I joined the tour during lunch where Bob Brown, President and CEO of Opportunity Village, delivered a presentationabout the power of love and how it connects us all in the work we do in the nonprofit sector in our mission, in our organizations, and to each other.

He was followed by Barbara Buckley, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, who shared the poignant and beautiful reality that she faces while leading her organization. It left me with a profound sense of gratitude for the contributions both of these leaders have made for years in Southern Nevada.

We were then fortunate to hear from Councilman Brian Knudsen about the importance of the nonprofit sector and the challenges ahead. I was struck by how committed he is to the work and to the people we are meant to serve. Councilman Knudsen was once the facilitator of the CEO Exchange, and it was heartening to see that he has not lost his love or passion for the sector and for the contributions we make in this community.

Later in the day, we were able to visit a housing development project for seniors developed by Nevada HAND and visit with Liz Ortenburger, CEO of SafeNest, who shared the stories of the clients from her organization with powerful data, sobering realities, and thought-provoking approaches in dealing with the issues of domestic violence in the community. This was an important dialogue
between leaders of the nonprofit sector and legislative leaders as we build on the momentum coming out of the 2023 Legislative Session.

It is important and critical that we stay connected, share the stories, and begin to articulate a path forward for those of us serving in the nonprofit sector in the state of Nevada. There are more tours planned and UWSN is humbled and grateful to be part of this dialogue.

As I reflect on these past few weeks, I would like to thank you for your dedication to United Way of Southern Nevada and the nonprofit sector. Hopefully you will be reading this as you prepare to witness the grandeur and the magic of Formula 1, the latest major sports enterprise to claim Las Vegas as home. UWSN was thrilled to have been a participant in the Formula 1 opening night ceremonies. Nobody does a show better than Vegas and Formula 1 has found its place at home. Please consider making your gift to UWSN today so that your commitment can continue to drive positive change in our community. Together, we can make a profound difference in the state we are all proud to call home.

Rev up your engines for a spectacular Formula 1 weekend!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 1, 2023

Dear Friend,

As we approach the end of the year, I am writing to extend a heartfelt invitation to join United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) in our Season of Giving. This cherished time of the year presents us with a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those who need it most within our community.

This year, we are calling upon your generosity and support to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families facing the challenges that come with the winter season. Your involvement, whether through donations or volunteer efforts, can truly brighten the lives of many.

One way to get involved is by donating new or gently used warmth items such as blankets, jackets, coats, gloves, socks, and scarves. We have partnered once again with Steiner’s Pub, who graciously offers their locations across Southern Nevada as drop-off points for these much-needed items. Your contributions will directly benefit those in our community who require warmth and comfort during the winter months.

I want to express our sincere gratitude to Steiner’s Pub for their continued partnership and dedication to supporting our community.

Additionally, volunteering during our Season of Giving presents an incredible opportunity to lend a helping hand. We have various volunteer opportunities available, including organizing and collecting donated toy items for a toy drive, packing food for delivery to families in need, and assembling stockings for Veterans. Your time and effort in these initiatives will bring joy and support to countless individuals during this holiday season.

Moreover, donating directly to UWSN ensures that we can sustain our ongoing efforts in supporting our community. Your contributions enable us to extend a helping hand to those in need, providing vital resources and assistance where it is most required.

I urge you to consider participating in UWSN’s Season of Giving by donating warmth items, volunteering your time, or making a contribution to support our cause. Together, we can make a significant and positive impact on the lives of our neighbors and create a community filled with warmth, joy, and support.

Get involved and make your impact today at uwsn.org/seasonofgiving.

Thank you for your continuous support and dedication to making Southern Nevada a better place for all.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

 

December 8, 2023

Dear Friend,

As I write this week’s High Notes, we have just finished an internal discussion here at United Way of Southern Nevada about how we can be supportive of our community in this time of crisis. We are saddened by the tragic event that occurred at UNLV on December 6, 2023. Our thoughts, prayers, and unwavering support go out to the victims, their families, and the entire UNLV community during this profoundly challenging time.

For as long as many of us can remember, UNLV has been central to the life of this community. The community has benefitted greatly from the contributions of our nationally ranked university.

While the reality and repercussions of darkness and pain still reign, I am sure that our community will come together to overcome this and any other dark moments. In this, my native community, we believe in the power of unity and light.

To our colleagues at UNLV, we send prayers of love, hope, and strength. The incident that unfolded has deeply impacted us all. It’s in these moments of adversity that we must come together as a community to offer comfort, strength, and support. The courage displayed by the first responders was nothing short of heroic. We are immensely grateful for their unwavering dedication and selfless service.

The UWSN team, while devastated by this occurance, are actively collaborating with local organizations and community partners to ascertain needed resources and offer support to the individuals affected by this tragedy. It is ironic paradox that we once again are beneficiaries of the elegant care of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center.

Undoubtedly, we will need your support as we move through this tragedy and into the light. For now, please join us by saying a prayer for the spirit, health, and well-being of our beloved community.

For those seeking information on resources available or how to provide support during this time, I encourage you to visit our website at uwsn.org/help. We will continue to compile essential information, resources, and avenues for those who wish to offer assistance.

We will continue to serve collaboratively and in service to the community we love. The unity and resilience of our community always wins. Your compassion, support, prayers, and solidarity are invaluable and necessary as we all work our way through this difficult time.

Please never forget the power of unity and light and why the Las Vegas valley shines so brightly. Support one another, take care of one another, love one another, and be safe.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 16, 2023

Dear Friend,

I am delighted to share some heartening news that embodies the spirit of giving and community support. Last month, United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) had the privilege of collaborating with the Las Vegas Raiders and the Raiders Foundation in a remarkable initiative aimed at aiding our local community during this holiday season.

The Las Vegas Raiders, in partnership with the Raiders Foundation, generously contributed a staggering $230,000 towards supplies and food to assist food-insecure families here in Southern Nevada. This outstanding donation played a pivotal role in our joint efforts to make a substantial difference in the lives of those in need within our community.

A notable event that took place was the collaborative effort between UWSN and over 150 Las Vegas Raiders team members last month. Together, we packed an incredible 10,000 holiday meals, ensuring that families in our area could experience the joy of a Thanksgiving meal during this special time of year.

The following day, UWSN and the dedicated staff from the Raiders gathered at the team’s headquarters in Henderson to distribute these pre-packed meals to our esteemed community partners. This collaborative effort demonstrates the power of collective action and the profound impact it can have on our local neighborhoods. Click here to watch a video recapping the day.

I would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the Las Vegas Raiders and Smith’s Food and Drug for their unwavering partnership and commitment to this crucial initiative. Their support has been instrumental in ensuring the success of our efforts to provide holiday meals to families across the valley.

I would also like to thank Las Vegas Raiders President, Sandra Douglass Morgan, and SVP of Government and Community Relations, Piper Overstreet-White, for their steadfast dedication to improving lives here in our beloved Southern Nevada community.

As we continue our mission of supporting individuals and families in our community, I invite you to join us by making a contribution to UWSN today. Your gift will enable us to further extend our reach and support to those who need it most.

Pax,

Julian High

President and CEO

United Way of Southern Nevada

December 22, 2023

Dear Friend,

I’m delighted to share some exciting news from United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) following
our meeting with the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Commissioner, Roger
Goodell.

In a fabulous presentation by the NFL and the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee (LVSBHC),
Super Bowl and NFL officials shared an extraordinary vision of the details of the first Super Bowl in
Las Vegas. This is an exciting time for all of us in the community.

The NFL recently announced the 29 recipients of their Pregame Grants across the Southern Nevada
community. The NFL’s total investment into our beloved community will reach at least a whopping
$3 million with another round of Game Day Grant recipients to be announced at a later date.

Additionally, all the proceeds from the Vegas Sports Jackpot will be invested into the Southern
Nevada community. I encourage you to buy your ticket today to support at vegassportsjackpot.com.

UWSN is incredibly grateful to have been selected as a recipient of a Pregame Grant, supporting our
Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund.

This generous grant is instrumental in enabling us to extend crucial support within our community.
UWSN can amplify our efforts in providing essential housing, utility, and food assistance to those in
need. This grant serves as a pivotal resource that aids us in fulfilling our commitment to addressing
pressing needs and ensuring the well-being of individuals and families during challenging times.

I am proud to announce the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee Game Day Grant Program,
powered by UWSN, aims to support local nonprofits. Nonprofits interested in applying can learn
more at lvsuperbowlhc.com/legacy.

Your support is invaluable. If you would like to contribute to our cause and further our mission,
please consider making a gift to UWSN today. Your generosity will significantly aid our efforts in
assisting those most in need within Southern Nevada.

Thank you for your continuous support and belief in our mission to create positive change within
our community.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

December 30th, 2023

Dear Friend,

As this year draws to a close and we contemplate the light of the season, I find myself reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve taken together at United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN). Your unwavering support, dedication, and compassion have been the driving force behind our collective impact throughout the year.

I extend my deepest gratitude to each of you—our invaluable partners, tireless volunteers, generous sponsors, and steadfast supporters—for your remarkable contributions to our mission. Your commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of our community members has been nothing short of inspiring.

I would also like to share my most sincere thanks with UWSN’s Board of Directors for all that they do to support UWSN throughout the year. Your dedication to our organization has contributed to the increase in awareness and the overall success of UWSN in Southern Nevada.

As we embrace the joy of the holidays, let us also remember the significance of giving back. The Season of Giving is still upon us, and UWSN continues to rely on your support to create lasting change in Southern Nevada. Your involvement remains pivotal in our efforts to spread warmth and hope.

Please join us in making a difference this season by contributing to our Warmth Drive. Your donation of warm items will bring comfort to those in need during these winter months. Additionally, your time as a volunteer in our community can spark joy and create meaningful experiences for those we serve. Your financial support allows us to continue our vital programs and initiatives, making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families across our beloved community.

Join us during the Season of Giving and make your impact today at uwsn.org/seasonofgiving.

Together, let’s uphold the spirit of generosity and kindness that defines Southern Nevada, especially this time of year. Your support, whether big or small, truly matters and transforms lives in our community.

Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments, and a happy new year.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 5, 2024

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! I hope this message finds you refreshed and filled with hope for the year ahead. As we step into this new chapter, I wanted to take a moment to express my warmest wishes for a year filled with joy, peace, and meaningful moments.

At United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), we’re eager to kick off the new year by reaffirming our commitment to our three pathways: Student Success, Workforce Development, and Community Supports. These pillars are central to everything we do here at UWSN because they form the foundation for a thriving, equitable community. Through our initiatives in these areas, we aim to empower students to achieve their educational goals, strengthen our workforce by providing essential skills and opportunities, and offer crucial support during times of crisis to our community members in need.

If you haven’t already seen it, I invite you to watch the video below that showcases the impactful work UWSN does in our community. It highlights the incredible impact and positive changes that your support helps us achieve every day.

As we embark on this journey into the new year, I kindly ask for your continued support. Your donations play a vital role in fueling our efforts and enabling us to expand our reach, creating a more resilient and thriving Southern Nevada. Your generosity makes a significant difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you for being a part of the UWSN journey and for your commitment to our organization. Together, let’s make this year one filled with compassion, progress, and positive change.

Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 12, 2024

Dear Friend,

As we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, I wanted to take a moment to extend warm wishes to you and your loved ones for a meaningful and reflective holiday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday allows us to honor Dr. King’s legacy by actively engaging in service to improve our communities. It’s the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, encouraging all Americans to contribute through volunteerism.

I urge each of you to join in commemorating Dr. King’s incredible contributions by participating in acts of service. United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Connect platform offers a wonderful opportunity to get involved. It’s a free platform that allows you to explore and sign up for volunteer opportunities that resonate with your passions and interests.

Whether you’re inclined to volunteer individually or as a team with your friends and family, UWSN’s Volunteer Connect is a gateway to making a real difference. Last year, our platform connected thousands of volunteers with a wide array of volunteer opportunities across Southern Nevada. Your participation can add to this impactful effort and help further our mission of uniting our community to improve people’s lives.

During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, let’s come together, embodying the spirit of unity and service that Dr. King so passionately advocated for.

Lastly, I want to express my gratitude for your ongoing support. Your donations to United Way of Southern Nevada have been instrumental in fostering positive change in our community.

Wishing you a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Day filled with meaningful moments and an unwavering commitment to service.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 19, 2024

Dear Friend,

Oprah Winfrey once said, “Any act of sharing, any offer you make in kindness, comes back to you exponentially.” No one understands this better than the people of Southern Nevada.

Under the extraordinary leadership of our UWSN Board of Directors, led so ably by Don Snyder, we have been working to re-establish United Way of Southern Nevada’s position in the community.

As I look ahead to a fantastic second half of our fiscal year, I’m so excited to have the opportunity to conclude the last portion of our 65th anniversary fundraising campaign. Because of the terrific generosity of some legendary individuals, institutions, and our current elected officials, we are so close to being able to declare victory for the benefit of the most economically vulnerable residents in our beloved community. In order for us to continue our important work, we still need contributions to our 65th anniversary campaign. If you are a supporter of UWSN, we appreciate you. If you are not, we ask you to consider making a gift today to improve lives in our community.

We are more than 80% of the way. With your help, we will get there. Please consider being in touch with me on the final leg of this extraordinary journey to discuss how you can help get us across the finish line. I’d really appreciate it but more importantly the community needs and deserves our help. As we kick off the rest of this extraordinary year, please call me directly at 702-286-9617 to set up a time to meet and strategize together how we can make this happen. I’m looking forward to a great year ahead and to seeing what love, opportunity, energy, and optimism can do to meet our goal.

As UWSN’s supporter Bill Boyd said, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” In the brightness and glow of the winter season, I am confident of your generosity.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

January 26, 2024

Dear Friend,

I pen this High Notes with a sense of excitement and gratitude for the unwavering spirit of generosity that defines our Southern Nevada community.

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) has been honored to be part of numerous exciting initiatives surrounding the first-ever Super Bowl in Las Vegas. One of the highlights being our collaboration in the one-of-a-kind Vegas Sports Jackpot. Today, I invite you to join us in making a lasting impact.

There are less than two days left to purchase your tickets for the Vegas Sports Jackpot raffle! This unique raffle offers the chance for one lucky winner to experience the thrill of TWO tickets to all major sporting events in Las Vegas throughout the year.

Imagine attending Super Bowl LVIII, cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders and Las Vegas Aces at their home games, and witnessing 22 Vegas Golden Knights home games, and more – it’s a sports lover’s dream come true.

What makes this raffle even more special is that every ticket purchase has a direct impact on our Southern Nevada community. The proceeds benefit United Way of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee Charities, supporting initiatives that make a positive difference right here in our beloved Southern Nevada.

Act now! The raffle will close this Sunday, January 28th, at noon PST. Seize this chance to be part of something extraordinary while enriching our community. Purchase your tickets today at vegassportsjackpot.com.

Thank you for embodying the true spirit of generosity that makes our community exceptional. Together, we will continue to live out our mission of uniting the community to improve people’s lives.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 2, 2024

Dear Friend,

I am delighted to share that there is still one week left for local nonprofits to submit their applications to receive one of United Way of Southern Nevada’s 2024 Community Impact Grants.

This request for proposal process for our Community Impact Grants is integral to the core function of UWSN and aligns with our mission to unite the community to improve people’s lives. This grant program aims to provide crucial funding to support local nonprofits offering programs in UWSN’s three key focus areas: student success, workforce development, and community supports.

We believe that by investing in initiatives within these focus areas, we can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families in Southern Nevada. Your support plays a vital role in helping us achieve this mission.

Nonprofits interested in learning more about the application process, registering for an information session, or submitting your application, please visit our website at uwsn.org/grant.

Your continued support plays a vital role in enabling us to provide more funding through this grant process. Last year, the need from our community was a substantial $16 million, but we were only able to fulfill $1.6 million in funding requests. Your commitment is crucial in helping us bridge this substantial gap. If you share our passion for building a stronger, more connected community, we ask you to make your gift today.

We deeply appreciate your commitment to making a positive difference in our community. Together, we can create lasting change and build a stronger, more vibrant Southern Nevada.

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

February 9, 2024

Dear Friend,

As we eagerly anticipate this weekend’s historic moment in our community’s history, I am delighted to share the excitement surrounding the first-ever Super Bowl being held in Las Vegas. At United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN), we take immense pride in our role as a community partner, and we are thrilled to have collaborated with the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee (LVSBHC) on a series of impactful programs and events leading up to this occasion.

These noteworthy initiatives include the UNLV Sports Innovation Special Events Internship, made possible by UWSN’s support. We funded 44 interns who played a crucial role in helping the LVSBHC plan Super Bowl LVIII. Our annual Day of Caring, presented by LVSBHC, saw nearly 1,000 volunteers come together to give back and make a positive impact on our community. The LVSBHC and the
NFL Foundation’s Game Day Grant Program, powered by UWSN, awarded $3 million in grants to local nonprofits that exhibit exceptional commitment to positive legacy initiatives. Last, but not least, we were also proud to serve as co-presenters of the Vegas Sports Jackpot, which was an iconic sports raffle that raised funds for our community.

Your support and participation in these initiatives have played a vital role in making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Partnerships like the one we share with the LVSBHC are invaluable to our work, and they enable us to amplify our impact on the community. If you represent a local business or organization that believes in our mission, I implore you to consider joining hands with UWSN. Together, we can make a shared impact in our beloved community, leaving a positive and lasting legacy for generations to
come.

If you are interested in contributing or learning more about partnership opportunities, please reach out to us. Your support will enable us to continue our mission of improving lives and strengthening communities.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to making Southern Nevada a better place for all

Pax,
Julian High
President and CEO
United Way of Southern Nevada

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