Endowment Campaign - Honoring Chris Kerrigan


After twenty years of service to the organization, longtime leader Chris Kerrigan will step down in April 2019. For those who recall the earlier years of Trident United Way, one of Chris’ accomplishments at the organization was to create and build an endowment fund. Today that endowment stands valued at over $6 million and is used to support staff development and community programming. It is because of Chris’ leadership that Trident United Way has been able to make extraordinary impacts in the ways of improving financial stability, education and health in our community.

We invite you to join us in this very special project - to build upon TUW’s endowment and carry on the mission of Trident United Way in Chris’ honor.

Please consider a special, one-time gift in addition to your annual campaign gift to honor one of this community’s most important leaders. Chris has dedicated his life to United Way and the most underserved in our country. Will you help us honor his twenty years at Trident United Way?

Endowment Campaign Chair:
Hugh C. Lane, Jr.,  Chairman, The Bank of South Carolina & Former Chairman, Trident United Way Board of Directors


many ways to give

  • CHECK OR CREDIT CARD: You may support the campaign with a gift or pledge. Pledges can be payable over a period of up to five years.

  • GIFTS OF SECURITIES: Giving publicly traded, appreciated stocks may offer additional tax advantages.

  • BEQUESTS: You can designate Trident United way as the beneficiary of your asset by will, trust or beneficiary designation form.

  • GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE: You may support Trident United Way through a gift of life insurance. You may either purchase a policy or give a policy you already own.

  • GIFTS FROM RETIREMENT PLANS: Donors of any age can make a deferred gift of an IRA or other retirement accounts by naming Trident United Way as a beneficiary of the account.

  • CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY: You may transfer your cash or appreciated property to our organization in exchange for our promise to pay you fixed payments (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.

Please consult your tax advisor to discuss the best giving option for you.


“One of the tasks of leaders is constantly to make sure that we put scarce resources of people and money where they do the most good. We have to be results-focused and opportunity-focused. Good intentions are no longer enough.”
– Peter Drucker


ready to give?

Want to give online? Click here to make your gift. Please include a comment that your gift is directed to the Endowment Campaign.


Click below to download and complete the easy to use fillable forms.
You can return completed forms to Trident United Way by postal mail PO BOX 63305 North Charleston, SC 29419 or attach and send via email to cbyrd@tuw.org

Endowment Pledge Form

Endowment Credit Card Form



Trident United Way is deeply grateful to those who choose to invest in our future. We look forward to honoring the generosity of our donors through recognition in TUW publications and exclusive event invitations.


Additional Opportunities to Give

If you or your company would like to honor Chris in a special way, please consider sponsoring Trident United Way’s celebration of his service, "A Toast to Chris Kerrigan.""A Toast to Chris Kerrigan" is a premier event scheduled for March 21, 2019 at Lowndes Grove Plantation. It will be an opportunity for all those who have worked and served with Chris to share memories and commemorate the prolific accomplishments during his time at Trident United Way.

Individual and Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities


A Toast to Chris Kerrigan


Silver Sponsors

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Christ at Day of Caring 2018   Chris talking   Chris handing out books to children at local school


Christopher Kerrigan became Chief Executive Officer and President of Trident United Way in April 1998 after serving various roles at United Ways in Washington, DC, Asheville and Raleigh. Since assuming his role, Kerrigan has ushered Trident United Way into a new era with changes to a competitive grant process, the establishment of an endowment and a strategy shift towards collective impact.

Under Kerrigan’s leadership, Trident United Way began shifting to a competitive grant process in 2001. TUW adopted an outcome-based funding model which placed a greater importance on strategic planning, evaluation and metrics. Trident United Way switched from a one-year grant cycle to a three-year grant cycle in 2009 to allow programs to focus on providing outcomes-driven services over a longer period of time, rather than application preparation each year.

Trident United Way was also an early adopter of the collective impact model that uses a structured approach of collaboration through government, business, philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and engaged citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change. As a leader of collective impact in the region, TUW serves as the backbone organization in Healthy Tri-County, a multi-sector regional initiative that is comprised of more than 60 formal organizational members, including the two largest hospitals in the region. Healthy Tri-County released the region’s first health improvement plan in October 2018.

As an added benefit to our agency partners as well as companies in the community looking to engage employees through volunteerism, Trident United Way launched its volunteer matching program in January 2017. Kerrigan also oversaw the establishment of Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, the largest single-day volunteer event in the Tri-County that paired more than 5,200 volunteers with 139 agencies and schools to complete 278 projects in 2018.

One of Kerrigan’s most valuable accomplishments during his tenure has been establishing an endowment for Trident United Way. Valued at $5.1 million today, TUW’s endowment supports staff and community programming in addition to cementing the organization’s foundation long after his retirement.

He has been recognized multiple times by the community he serves, including being named on of Charleston Magazine’s “40 Movers and Shapers” in 2015.

Kerrigan has United Way in his blood as his father spent 42 years with United Ways, spending approximately 15 years as the CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland. His daughter has also show interest in United Way, serving on the Public Policy Committee at United Way Worldwide in Washington, DC.

Chris Kerrigan has a B.A. from St. Michael’s College, in Burlington, Vt. He resides in Mount Pleasant with his wife, Beth, and daughter Mary Katherine. He has two grown children, Sara and Collin, who live in Southern California and Washington, D.C., respectively.