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Overhead Myth by Brian Revalee
Since early May, United Way Executive Director Brian Revalee has been writing about the “Overhead Myth” in the Oxford Press. The link below will allow you to reach each of the five installments of his most recent series, which identifies the need for an evolution in thinking about non-profit overhead expenses. Comments are welcome and may be directed to Brian’s email at email@example.com.
Community Loses a Champion for the Ages
The United Way of Oxford and Vicinity was privileged to have JK and Tripti Bhattacharjee accept the task of Honorary Chairpersons of the 2014 United Way Campaign last January. Their passion for the Oxford community is unprecedented and matched by their philanthropic involvement in a number of civic groups. We, as was the community at large, were devastated to hear of JK’s passing last Tuesday.
JK, known to many as Dr. B, first introduced himself to me shortly after I arrived in Oxford in mid-2013. I remember meeting him right outside my office as he was going into the bank below, and I will not soon forget his first words to me—“People are expecting big things, Mr. Revalee.” Somehow, this man I had only heard about knew who I was and what I was charged to do. That random encounter set my expectations and goals for the year that lie ahead. After speaking a number of times to his beloved Kiwanis Club, and shortly before we approached Dr. B about becoming Honorary Chair, he would randomly stop in the office, just to say “hi”. I am convinced, to this day, he was there checking up on me, ensuring I was doing everything in my power to realize the mission I was charged with.
JK was Mr. Oxford. His involvement in the Oxford Kiwanis Club, the Oxford Community Foundation, Miami University and most recently in the United Way of Oxford demonstrated his commitment to making Oxford the best it could be by continually challenging the status quo, and forming coalitions to get the hard work done efficiently and effectively. His commitment to the community could be seen by those who turned out to pay respects this past Friday. He touched the lives of so many because he was so good. As one of his contemporaries said to me shortly after his passing, “He had a way of making you think you were the absolute best at what you did, no matter the position.” He was so insightful and empowering to talk to.
While we are saddened and grieving at the loss of our beloved Dr. B, we must continue to carry on his legacy of making Oxford the place we know it can be. Working together to provide a better life for our children and loved ones, while not forgetting how blessed we are to live in such a wonderful, caring community. To the Bhattacharjee Family, our sympathy is with you. We also thank you for sharing your husband and father with us for so many years. Just as he has been there for so many, we stand together, here for you.
Brian Revalee, Executive Director
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United Way of Oxford, Ohio, and Vicinity seeks to mobilize the caring power of our communities to achieve measurable improvement in the lives of our most vulnerable residents. Throughout our work, we partner with neighborhood agencies, government, business, foundations, volunteers and others so that collectively we can achieve more than any one organization working alone.
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Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report
United Way of Oxford, Ohio, and Vicinity's Annual Reports highlight major accomplishments each year.
United Way of Oxford, Ohio, and Vicinity's administrative cost is 14%. The federal government's Combined Federal Campaign requires that participating organizations certify that their combined fundraising and administrative costs constitute no more than 25 percent of the organizations' total revenues.
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