We Remember Henry Monaco

We Remember Henry Monaco

December 9, 2019

Henry Monaco knew the value of the word “community.” As a past president of United Way of Greater Milwaukee for 13 years, and 29 years of service at United Way, Henry knew that there was power in bringing people to together to make a difference in the lives of so many in our neighborhoods.

On December 7, 2019, we lost Henry at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer. Many remember him as a man of integrity and passion, always looking for ways to fight for those in need.

As I reflect on all of the past leaders who sat in the very chair I sit in now, I am so grateful for their vision, insight, and bold courage that still resonates in our world today.

Henry was no exception.

Henry initiated the United Way of Greater Milwaukee's Outcomes Project. The program requires agencies that receive local United Way donations to create systems that measure the results of their efforts. The Outcomes Project let the general public know that their donations would be used for programs that work. The project won awards and became a national model for United Way chapters.

Henry also helped execute United Way's donor choice program, giving contributors even more control over how their money is spent.

As the president of United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Henry was responsible for raising, managing, and distributing over $300 million over his 13 year tenure. Henry continued giving back to the community in so many ways over the next several years.

Today, we remember Henry Monaco and we say thank you. Thank you for everything you did for our community, and thank you for showing us all what it truly means to Live United.

Amy Lindner
President & CEO
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County


Bob Haight
December 13 2019 at  12:59:22 PM

Henry was a mentor early in my United Way career. We connected through our service in Peoria, Illinois and in Michigan. Our friendship continued through the United Way of Wisconsin. I am grateful for his friendship and leadership. My life has been enriched because of Henry and his servant leadership.

He will always be remembered because of his legacy of service.

Rob Reifsnyder
December 12 2019 at  10:27:52 AM

We'll all miss Henry for the energy and enthusiasm he brought to the important work of community and United Way.

Karen Coy-Romano
December 11 2019 at  3:05:48 PM

Henry was a dear friend and enthusiastic community leader who was not afraid to speak his mind. He was a mentor to me and others who have spent their career advocating for the under-served and marginalized. Henry will be missed by many! My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Mike Durkin
December 11 2019 at  10:58:59 AM

Henry embodied the best of what we are about , both professionally and personally. An incredible heart and soul, matched with great energy and passion for helping others. And always a good word to offer to us.

I miss him.

Dennis J. Murphy ]aka djv murphy]
December 11 2019 at  9:02:50 AM

Henry had a smile that could lit up a room and a most positive attitude to go along with it!

At one point he served as the director in my home town of Flint, MI, and whenever I would return

to visit I'd stop in and we would compare notes on best practices and share a few humorous stories.

He was a great United Wayer [is that the correct phrase?] and a man among men.

Denise White
December 09 2019 at  5:45:31 PM

I remember going on the radio with Henry many years ago to speak about how the United way personally benefitted me in my life.

May he rest in peace.

Cecelia Gore
December 09 2019 at  4:11:00 PM

Henry Monaco was a trailblazer. His compassion and concern for our community was notable. I will miss Henry’s calls and encouragement. I would not have pursued community affairs without his support.

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