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United Way of Greater St. Louis names Belleville’s David Garris as senior VP of philanthropy

United Way of Greater St. Louis has named David Garris as senior vice president of philanthropy.

In this role, Garris will focus on diversifying United Way’s overall fundraising efforts by helping to design and implement a comprehensive plan for major gifts and planned giving.

“We are pleased to add David to our team in this new senior leadership role as he brings several years of experience in philanthropy and major giving,” said Michelle Tucker, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “David’s knowledge and expertise will help us cultivate strong relationships with some of our largest givers as well as discover innovative ways to identify and engage new donors to make an impact through United Way.”

Garris has over 15 years of experience in development roles and brings an extensive background in charitable estate planning, donor prospecting, research and analytics, data and metrics tracking and reporting, volunteer management and recruitment, and more. In his most recent position, he served as Foundation Director/Director of Philanthropy for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

“It is an honor to join one of the premier nonprofit organizations in the country that already has a strong and committed group of donors and volunteers and who has such a rich history in this community,” said Garris. “In many ways, this organization is still growing even after 100 years of service. I look forward to being a part of that growth the incredible work being done through United Way and partners every day.”

United Way of Greater St. Louis mobilizes the community with one goal in mind — helping people live their best possible lives. United Way helps one in three people in our 16-county region in Missouri and Illinois by supporting the foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. For more information, contact (314) 421-0700 or visit


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