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United Way of the Virginias Executive Director steps down

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United Way of the Virginias Executive Director, Michelle Carter, resigned her position as the organization works to regain its tax-exempt status United Way of the Virginias Executive Director, Michelle Carter, resigned her position as the organization works to regain its tax-exempt status
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UPDATE:

59News has learned the Executive Director of the United Way of the Two Virginias has resigned. This fallout is coming after 59News broke the story that the United Way of the Two Virginias had it's nonprofit status has been revoked since 2008.

Community events like stuff the bus—a school supply drive and stamp out hunger—a food drive-- are just two of the longstanding United Way of the two Virginias events. But according to the Secretary of Sates Office, none of these activities should have been conducted because the organization lost its tax- exempt status and state licensing. Now the person in charge of it all is stepping down.

"United Way of the Virginias is working diligently on our tax-exempt status and state licensing. Michelle Carter has resigned and we are in a holding mode until our tax exempt status and state licensing is reinstated," Gary Denardo, Board President of the United Way.

According to Denardo, The United Way is not accepting donations until its charitable status is restored and their campaign seeking donations has been suspended. Denardo said the organization helps more than 20 organizations in Mercer, McDowell, Tazewell and Bland counties. These are the agencies that will feel the effect of a suspected campaign.

"I know a lot of these agencies do depend on our funding for their needs and taking care of their people who are in need," Denardo said.

According to Denardo the United Way is not seeking a replacement for the Executive Director position until the nonprofit status is restored.

59News contacted the United Way Headquarters located out of Virginia. A spokesperson with the organization said later this month a committee will review the situation with the United Way of the Two Virginias. From there, in November the Membership Committee will take a look at the review and recommend a course of action. Finally, in December, there will be an official board meeting to approve or deny the recommended course of action.

59News will continue to keep viewers updated about the status of the United Way of the Two Virginias.


The United Way of the Virginias executive director has resigned as the charity organization works to regain its tax-exempt status and state registration.

President Gary Denardo tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph  that the organization has suspended a fund campaign. It also isn't accepting donations until its tax-exempt status and charity registration are restored.

Denardo says executive director Michelle Carter submitted her resignation. Carter declined to comment.

The Bluefield, W.Va.-based organization serves Mercer and McDowell counties in West Virginia and Buchanan, Bland and Tazewell counties in Virginia.

West Virginia Secretary of State's Office spokesman Jake Glance says the organization lost its tax-exempt status and charity registration in 2008 because it didn't file required reports.

(Lauren Hensley broke this story on Oct. 7 - Read more here)

Denardo says the organization has paid $1,525 in late filing and registration fees.

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