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Ms. Kalei C. LaFave

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President and Chief Executive Off...

United Way of Cowlitz & Wahkiakum Counties
1338 Commerce Ave Suite 211
Longview, Washington 98632
United States

Company Description: The United Way is considered a "full-service" United Way - it is a community problem-solving institution and manages resources to increase the capacity of people to...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Robert A. Long High School
  • Mark Morris High School
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Staff « Cowlitz United Way
cowlitzunitedway.org, 27 May 2013 [cached]
Kalei C. LaFave - President/CEO The United Way welcomes native and longtime resident Kalei C. LaFave as the President/CEO of United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. She has a vast range of knowledge, leadership skills and proven performance dealing with the public and business leaders in Cowlitz, Clark and Wahkiakum Counties. She has one son, Kalani 19yrs. who is a 2012 graduate of Mark Morris High School and student at Lower Columbia College. Kalei has one daughter, Maile 17 yrs. who is a senior at Mark Morris HIgh School. Kalei is a 1980 graduate of Robert A. Long High School.
Ms. LaFave's work in the community has been as a City Council appointed Parks and Recreation two term board member, an EMT for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, a classified sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired, and a board position on Western Youth Baseball. Through these experiences, Ms. LaFave has demonstrated excellent decision-making skills, leadership and heartfelt compassion to those in need.
Kalei has worked as a Sales and Marketing Director for major hotel chains for many years. Her efforts have yielded success in new business development. Her community outreach and employment background are all benefits for her new position.
United Ways of Washington
www.unitedway-wa.org, 16 Mar 2013 [cached]
Kalei LaFave, Executive Director 360-423-5320
1338 Commerce Ave. #201 FAX:360-423-8162
Longview, WA 98632 klafave@cowlitzunitedway.org
About Us « Cowlitz United Way
cowlitzunitedway.org, 27 May 2013 [cached]
Today, Kalei C. LaFave is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the local United Way.
Cowlitz County United Way – Community Building – Non profit organization – Children – Youth – Families – Senior Citizens – Volunteer – Donations « Cowlitz United Way
cowlitzunitedway.org, 26 Oct 2010 [cached]
Kalei LaFave The United Way welcomes native and longtime resident Kalei LaFave as the new Executive Director of United Way of Cowlitz County. She has a vast range of knowledge, leadership skills and proven performance dealing with the public and business leaders in Cowlitz, Clark and Wahkiakum Counties.
Ms. LaFave's work in the community has been as a City Council appointed Parks and Recreation two term board member, an EMT for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue, a classified sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired, and a board position on Western Youth Baseball. Through these experiences, Ms. LaFave has demonstrated excellent decision-making skills, leadership and heartfelt compassion to those in need.
Kalei has worked as a Sales and Marketing Director for major hotel chains for many years. Her efforts have yielded success in new business development. Her community outreach and employment background are all benefits for her new position.
We look forward to serving along side Kalei LaFave in the days to come.
Del Vecchio is the type of ...
www.ashkicker.org, 11 Feb 2012 [cached]
Del Vecchio is the type of donor United Way Executive Director Kalei LaFave is hoping to see more often.
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"People who have never donated or pledged before are doing it now, whether it's the economy or change of heart," LaFave said Friday.
The United Way is a little more than two months away from closing its 2011 campaign, which ends March 31. The agency is at about 73 percent of its goal of $750,000, LaFave said.
"We're on pace from last year, but there are two big employers that usually donate that we're still waiting to hear from, which accounts for about $100,000," she said.
LaFave, who marked her fourth month on the job for United Way this weekend, has been making presentations to just about anyone or anywhere she can, "whether it's three or 300."
"Actually, I call them conversations, not presentations," she said.
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LaFave said. "In my mind, yes, we do raise money, but that's not all," she said. "We also need to make changes in education and health. We want to make sure our agencies are helping each other. We're encouraging our agencies to work together for the cause, and it's been wonderful."
LaFave said she wants to kick off the 2012 campaign earlier than in September, which has been the tradition for the past several years.
"Let's do other fundraising events in the summer, so that when we get to the holiday season, we're not in the midst of our campaign and competing with other fundraisers," she said.
There already is a big boost on the horizon for the 2012 campaign. Williams Pipeline has pledged to match up100% up to $100,000 for the proceeds from "Ash Kicker," a charity adventure run (see box).
Still, LaFave will continue to seek those individual donors like Del Vecchio.
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Cowlitz United Way Executive Director Kalei LaFave checks the latest totals of pledges and donors for the agency's annual campaign.
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"It's a wonderful, wonderful thing," said United Way Executive Director Kalei LaFave. "Hopefully, these things motivate others to continue to give."
The battered women's shelter in Kelso, the Children's Justice and Advocacy Center, Family Health Center, and Reading is Fundamental programs were among the 24 organizations to get United Way allocations last year. Since the 2010 campaign kicked off Sept. 3, the local United Way has raised $348,586. Many businesses and agencies are holding workplace fundraisers, and employees are making individual contributions. So far, Norpac has donated more than $64,000, JH Kelly has given almost $52,000 and Weyerhaeuser has donated $30,000, LaFave said. At this point in the campaign, which ends March 31, United Way has received about $4,000 more than last year. The 2009 campaign ended with a total of $670,000. This year, LaFave said, more individual donors and small-business owners are pulling out their checkbooks. "People are understanding they now need to give more than ever," she said.
LaFave, who has been the agency's executive director for three months, attributes the upswing in donors to extra- heavy public outreach this fall. She's given presentations at several workplaces, and she emphasizes that no contribution is too small.
"When you add that up with all the other donors who donate $5, it impacts so many in the community," she said.
LaFave also emphasizes that her agency wants donors to know how their dollars are spent so they may see the impact of their generosity. Agencies that apply for United Way funding must provide measurable data showing how United Way's financial help has helped achieve their agencies' goals in the past and will continue to in the future, LaFave said.
"It needs to come full circle. We cannot just ask somebody to give and then not share with them how their dollars impacted in a positive way," she said.
LaFave already is looking ahead to the 2011 campaign. When the Williams Pipeline's fundraiser for the local United Way starts in May, the company will offer a 100 percent match to all donations up to $100,000, she said.
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