HomeAbout UsExecutive Vice President,of the world’s largest non-profit organisation; United Way Worldwide visited Ballarat in September this year.

Executive Vice President,of the world’s largest non-profit organisation; United Way Worldwide visited Ballarat in September this year.

José Pedro Ferrão

Philanthropy Australia’s Conference Keynote Speaker in Ballarat

The man who is responsible for every United Way in the world outside the United States, took the time to visit us here in Ballarat and invest time in our community sector, business sector and our team at United Way Ballarat.

Ballarat Community Health hosted a forum for local not-for-profit organisations where José shared his understanding of global trends in the not-for-profit sector.  The importance of organisations working together in both collaborative and collective frameworks was a theme that stood out in Jose’s presentation.

United Way Ballarat, teamed with The Committee for Ballarat to host a business leaders forum titled: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility –  Why your business needs it’.

At the forum, José shared the global footprint of the United Way movement and the significant corporate partnerships it has.  He then explained that United Ways across the world are customised to address local issues and local solutions but with the backing of a trusted world-leading voice.

A shift in approach

José introduced a fundamental shift in approach from ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ to ‘Creating Shared Values’ and the concept that human success builds return.

In this approach, businesses become part of multi-stakeholder partnerships with not-for-profit, government and other businesses.

These partnerships set long-term goals to address defined local needs, which become core to the partners’ business plans.  Partners have a direct engagement in local strategies.

In this approach, there is an understanding that societal value will enhance bottom-line success and that society and corporate performance are closely connected.

A reception and dinner was also held with the United Way Ballarat Board and Committees.

About José Pedro Ferrão

José is Executive Vice President, International Network, at United Way Worldwide. He leads a team of professionals that provide leadership and support for a network of community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. He and his team facilitate the adaption of a set of Global Standards that make United Way organizations unique and successful wherever they are in the world.

José joined United Way Worldwide after serving as COO and SVP of Marketing at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Boston) for three years.  Portuguese by birth, José grew up in Mozambique and South Africa and has a wealth of international work experiences spanning many decades. He has worked in South Africa & Europe and Middle East in senior management positions including serving as the President, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Carlson Marketing Worldwide.


Read the article about José’s visit published in The Courier here




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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