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Maria DeHart named United Way of the Midlands Senior Director of Individual Philanthropy

Columbia, SC (October 7, 2020) – United Way of the Midlands named Maria DeHart as the Senior Director of Individual Philanthropy. She will lead the organization’s major giving programs including the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and United Way’s Legacy Society for planned gifts. 

DeHart’s responsibilities will include working collaboratively to lead staff and volunteers in planning, coordinating and executing a major gifts fundraising program for individuals. In this role, she will manage the expansion of the Tocqueville Society and work to expand the leadership giving particularly for United Way’s signature programs: Midlands Reading Consortium, Resilient Richland and WellPartners.

“We are delighted to have Maria return to United Way,” said Sara Fawcett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that she is bringing back to United Way to help advance our fundraising efforts.”

DeHart brings a wealth of knowledge from the non-profit sector to United Way of the Midlands. In her previous role as director of development for Prisma Health Midlands Foundation, Maria worked with individual donors to raise funds to meet the equipment and program needs for all three Midlands’ Columbia campuses – Baptist, Baptist Parkridge and Richland. 

Prior to that, as the director of development at EdVenture Children’s Museum, she was responsible for the general membership program, setting goals, planning long-term strategy and ensured that daily operations of the museum were successful for visitors.  Prior to that role, she worked for United Way of the Midlands as a Resource Development Director responsible for workplace campaigns.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to United Way and jump into this new role,” said DeHart. “United Way has a unique position in the community to bring together community leaders and businesses to help create long-term positive change for future generations. I am excited to contribute to the organization’s efforts to solve community problems by investing in education, financial stability and health.”


About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit

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