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2024 Power 100: Tim Garvin

A man with black and gray hair is wearing a blue and white striped shirt. Tim Garvin, CEO and president of the United Way of Central Massachusetts
Tim Garvin Title President & CEO Company United Way of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester Employees 11 Residence Sudbury College Clark University Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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With $13.4 million in assets, the United Way of Central Massachusetts is among the strongest links in Central Massachusetts charitable programming, using its funding and garnering a network of movers and shakers in Greater Worcester to support long- and short-term projects at nonprofits throughout the region.

The philanthropic community nonprofit with $8.5 million in annual revenue and its partners have learned to follow Tim Garvin’s lead for the good of the 30 cities and towns they serve.

“I try to say thank you to individual people at least 10 times a day,” Garvin said.

Sometimes, United Way responds within a moment’s notice. In January, Garvin and his team helped launch a 64-bed emergency overflow shelter for 14 homeless families. While he pivots quickly, he plans and oversees long-term projects, such as collaborating with two other United Way partners to manage multiyear state grants for the After School and Out-of-School Time initiative. A total of $6.5 million has been sent to Central Massachusetts youth development programs.

Other projects in the last year include the $3.3-million Farm Resiliency Fund created in partnership with the Gov. Maura Healey Administration, to support 290 farms devastated by flooding in the region in the summer, and a $2-million federally funded partnership with the City of Worcester to address food insecurity.

Garvin, a National Peace Corps Association volunteer, shows no fatigue as he rounds out his second decade on the job.

“I love, love what I do,” he said. “I get to be at the center of linking business and philanthropy and policy and resident and nonprofit all for the community good.” 

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