United Way President to Retire After 25 Years

Lowell, ARK. – After 25 years of service, United Way of Northwest Arkansas’ President and Chief Professional Officer Jill Darling has announced her retirement, effective on February 27th.

During her time at United Way NWA, Darling accomplished many things including:

  • Developing one of the largest Gifts in Kind programs in the country, distributing over $10 million dollars annually in donated product to non-profit agencies.
  • Helping to develop the “First Call for Help” information and referral service in 1994 and helped initiate and develop the statewide collaborative to bring the 2-1-1 information and referral service to Northwest Arkansas.
  • Growing annual fund drive from $186,000 in 1990 to over $3.8 million dollars in United Way’s current campaign.
  • Overseeing five separate mergers of United Ways in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2007 – all of which led to what is now known as United Way of Northwest Arkansas.
  • Being named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” for the State of Arkansas in 2014 by the Arkansas Business Journal.

United Way NWA’s Board of Directors will be heavily involved in this transition and will work to find the right person to lead United Way of Northwest Arkansas into their new venture of helping to provide children a pathway out of poverty.

Darling will spend time with her family and work in her family-owned store, Little Darlings, after her retirement. She will continue to support United Way through volunteerism and will always LIVE UNITED!