VERO BEACH — United Way of Indian River County has announced a new Executive Director for its United Way Foundation.

Elizabeth Brugnoli Ullian has over 10 years of professional fundraising experience, most previously as a development officer for the University of Florida, Office of Advancement.

“I am so glad to be joining the United Way. I grew up in this community and am raising my children here, as well,” explained Ullian. “It is an honor to contribute to an organization that does so much for Indian River County.”

“We’re delighted that Elizabeth has joined our team,” commented Michael Kint, CEO, United Way of Indian River County, (UWIRC). “The Foundation is an important arm of our organization both for the work we are doing today but also to secure this impactful work for the future. It’s clear that Elizabeth brings a wealth of expertise to our continued growth of legacy gifts.”

The United Way Foundation is solely focused on building a permanent endowment to provide long-term financial support for the work being done by UWIRC. The UWIRC invests in a broad range of local health and human service programs to improve lives and build a stronger community in the areas of education, financial stability and health.

Gifts to the Foundation become part of a separate fund, which operates independently from the annual United Way fundraising campaign, where dollars raised are immediately invested in programming. Contributions to the Foundation are invested for growth with a percentage available for distribution each year to support and sustain the critically important work being done for generations to come.

United Way Foundation Board Members include; Fritz Blaicher, Chair; Dennis Ferro, Vice Chair; Mike McGee, Secretary, SVP Senior Relationship Strategist, PNC/Hawthorn; David Sams, Treasurer, CEO, G2 Investment Group; Jan S. Beck, Vice President and General Counsel, Troy Corporation; Ned Dayton; Anthony Guettler, Attorney, Gould Cooksey Fennell; Michael Kint (non-voting), CEO, United Way of Indian River County; Jim Marley; Dennis Marlo, Sanctuary Group LTD; John McCord; Lee Moore; Clay Price, CPA, CFF, Clay Price & Associates, P.A.; Randy Rolf; Jonathan Schwiering, President, Vero Insurance; Marlynn Scully; and Hope Woodhouse, Retired Chief Operating Officer, Bridgewater Associates.

The United Way Foundation became its own 501©3 charity in 2011, organized formally as a supporting organization to UWIRC.

For more information on making a meaningful legacy gift to the United Way Foundation at no obligation, or for sample bequest language, please contact Elizabeth Ullian, Executive Director, or at (772) 569-6777.

For more information about United Way of Indian River County visit the website at United Way invites people to get involved by helping others. Go to to learn about local opportunities for service.

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