Steven L. Sanderson, CFRE, President and CEO of United Way of Collier County
Steve has been a United Way and communities champion his entire career. With over 25 years of United Way and non-profit experience, he relocated his wife and six children (ages 9 – 23) from San Antonio, Texas to the Naples area in January of 2012.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, as well as earning a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation. He values continuous learning having attended and taught many Leadership courses.
Steve credits high school team sports, college football, good coaches, friends, and community-minded parents with forging the strongest portion of his education and character. In his own words, “I want to always learn and improve, and I take great satisfaction in facilitating and observing continuous improvement in others, as well as myself and my family.”
In his role, Steve’s responsibilities include leading all management functions of the $2.8 million dollar annual campaign and $2.4 million dollar endowment of this $5.2 million dollar United Way. He serves on community, state-wide and national committees bringing resources and creative ideas to expedite the community agenda. A 2013 graduate of Leadership Collier, Steve is heavily involved in the community serving on numerous boards and collaborative’ s encompassing local and regional economic development; Opportunity Naples, Blue Zone Healthy living initiative, and the Education Pipeline promoting early learning preparedness and college and career readiness. These are in addition to the United Way’s own initiatives within family and income stabilization.  

In his short tenure in Naples / Collier County Steve is particularly pleased with the United Ways impact in the community with its new Collier 211 Information and Referral helpline and its recently launched Volunteer Collier Community engagement initiative, increased fundraising results and relocation to a brand new building with modern office and meeting space.