John J. Dooner Jr., chairman-CEO of McCann Worldgroup, has been elected chairman of United Way Worldwide's Board of Trustees. He will serve the privately funded nonprofit for a year, leading its global movement.
The move comes as Mr. Dooner is set on April 1 to become executive chairman of McCann Worldgroup, which he founded in 1997.
United Way Worldwide oversees a network of almost 1,800 community-based United Way organizations in 45 countries and territories and raises $5.4 billion annually. In 2009, it drew more than 2.5 million volunteers and 10.5 million donors.
According to United Way, Mr. Dooner agreed to serve as chair because the organization is focused on three issues that are important to him – education, income and health. While Mr. Dooner was serving on United Way of America's board of trustees, the organization set 10-year goals in the U.S. to cut in half the high-school dropout rate and the number of lower income families who are financially unstable, while increasing by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy.
In addition to United Way, Mr. Dooner serves on the boards of the Sound Shore Medical Center and St. Thomas University and is a charter member of the President's Advisory Council of CARE and a member of the Ireland Council of the University of Notre Dame.