Human Resources and Nonprofits

United Way names director of workplace campaigns

March 24, 2014
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United Way names director of workplace campaigns
Mike Kerkorian. Courtesy Heart of West Michigan United Way

A manager at the Heart of West Michigan United Way is stepping up to lead its corporate fundraising.

Mike Kerkorian, who has spent three years serving as the nonprofit‘s donor relations manager, was recently named the director of workplace campaigns.

Kerkorian will lead United Way’s team that works with more than 500 businesses in Kent County on fundraising campaigns.

Those businesses include major employers, such as Meijer, Amway, Steelcase, Wolverine Worldwide and Spectrum Health.

The 2013 annual campaign by Heart of West Michigan United Way raised more than $12 million.

“Mike has added tremendous value to the Steelcase workplace campaign and has been tireless in being an integral part of our internal team,” said Deb Bailey, director of corporate relations at Steelcase. “I am sure he will bring that same level of professionalism and engagement to this new role, where he will also be able to influence other workplace campaigns to achieve even greater results for addressing critical community needs.”


Krekorian, a Grand Rapids native, spent five years working in Boston as an analyst for Wellington Management, before returning to Grand Rapids.

He’s since become involved in the community as an ambassador for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and a board member for the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids.

Kerkorian received his B.A. in international studies from Middlebury College and his M.B.A. in management from Boston University’s School of Management.

Back home 

Kerkorian said he felt honored to be given the opportunity at this point in his career.

“Being back in Grand Rapids has exceeded all of my expectations,” Kerkorian said. “My favorite thing about working for United Way is getting to visit all the wonderful companies in the area.

“There’s a lot of interesting work being done locally, and everyone has been so welcoming. It shows how truly philanthropic our community is. I am looking forward to a long career in Grand Rapids.”

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