Matthew Purkey


After an extensive local and national search, United Way of Allen County’s Board of Directors has announced its new president and CEO: Matthew Purkey. He begins his duties Feb. 3.

Purkey most recently served as financial manager in Special Operations for the United States Air Force (Civilian) in Dayton, Ohio. However, he is no stranger to the mission of United Way, as he has led at both United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and United Way of Northeast Georgia. He is also a 2017 graduate of United Way World Wide’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

“I am humbled by the trust and support of the Board,” Purkey said in a news release. “What an honor to serve in such a generous community. I look forward to leading United Way of Allen County into a new decade of strengthened collaboration, expanded impact, and committed service to our donors, agency partners, and those who benefit from our work.”

A United States Marine Corps veteran, Purkey has a Masters of Human Services degree specializing in Executive Leadership from Liberty University and is pursuing a PhD in Strategic Leadership, also from Liberty University.

Purkey, his wife Amanda, along with their three children (Micah, 6; Ezekiel, 4; and Gabriel, 2) are excited to start a new chapter in Fort Wayne. Amanda, a high school history teacher, said in a news release, “what a pleasure it is to relocate to a city so deeply rooted in our country and region’s history. We look forward to immersing ourselves in everything that is amazing about Allen County.”

“We are excited to have Matthew accept this important leadership role in our community,” said Sue Ehinger, board chair for United Way of Allen County, in a news release. “He is a proven servant leader with a passion for the United Way mission, has demonstrated success in building and leading high-performance teams, and has developed comprehensive strategies that respond to the needs of the community.”

About United Way of Allen County

Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a nonprofit organization that unites our community’s time, talent and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability and healthy lives. For more information, please visit

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