QUINCY -- Todd Bale spent the last 18 years working for Boys and Girls Clubs across the country with much success, but decided to explore other nonprofit opportunities.
The United Way was on the list, and come September, Bale will lead the United Way of Adams County.
The organization announced Monday that Bale, 47, will take over as executive director on Sept. 1. He replaces Emily Robbearts, who announced in June she was stepping down after six years with the United Way, including three as executive director.
Carlos Fernandez, president of the United Way's Board of Directors, said the panel's goal was to hire a new executive director with a record of community involvement and a vision to move the organization forward.
"Every single place he's been, he has just done a wonderful job," Fernandez said of Bale.
Fernandez said Bale's impact on organizations with which he has served was best illustrated by a single reference check.
"I asked this person if she could share with me what her thoughts were about Todd Bale, and that was the only question I had to ask for the next 20 minutes," Fernandez said. "This woman just went off on how incredible he was. I've never listened to a phone call like that."
The Louisville, Ky., native comes to Quincy from Windsor, Colo., where he has been the chief professional officer and executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County. During his time there, he helped increase annual revenues from $928,000 to $3.1 million while overseeing six area clubs and one summer program. He also guided a 12-month comprehensive strategic planning process that led to the opening of three additional clubs that were fully funded with private contributions.
Bale has been involved with the United Way as a volunteer and a donor. He said he was most impressed with the longevity of the United Way of Adams County, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and the board of director's call to push the organization to its full potential.
"I really came in and said, ‘If I'm going to come here, we're going to try and get better,' " he said.
Bale plans to get involved immediately with the annual Adams County campaign that launched earlier this month. The United Way is hoping to generate $1.1 million. The campaign has raised $1 million or more for 20 consecutive years.
"The clock is ticking on the campaign, so I'll have to jump in and start pedaling pretty quick," Bale said.
Bale has a bachelor's degree in business management from Greenville College and a master's degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
He is moving to Quincy with his wife, Alicia, and nine of their 10 children.