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David McDonald has been selected as United Way Blackhawk Region’s new director of finance and administration.

United Way Blackhawk Region President Mary Fanning-Penny said the director of finance and administration fills a critical role ensuring the integrity of United Way’s financial position and performance.

“This position is responsible for overseeing all finance, accounting and investment activities,” Fanning-Penny said. “As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), David’s skills and expertise will serve this role exceptionally well. He’s tasked with maintaining a relentless focus on the organization’s stewardship, transparency and accountability as critical to United Way Blackhawk Region’s mission and strategic objectives.”

McDonald has been working in a contracted capacity for United Way since October 2015, while also serving as a self-employed finance and accounting professional. Previously, McDonald was employed as Blackhawk Technical College’s controller for three years. Prior to his position at Blackhawk Technical College, McDonald was at the public accounting firm, RSM US (formerly known as McGladrey) for nine years in roles of progressive responsibility.

McDonald earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in 2001, as well as a Masters of Professional Accountancy in 2002, both from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Additionally, McDonald is a 2013 graduate of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute.

McDonald officially began his new role with United Way on June 7.

United Way Blackhawk Region advances the common good by funding 94 human services programs in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill. These programs focus on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. To learn how you can give, advocate or volunteer, visit


About United Way Blackhawk Region
United Way Blackhawk Region mobilizes the caring power of communities to create lasting positive changes in people’s lives by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. United Way provides financial and human resources to 94 human services programs at 41 nonprofit agencies in the Blackhawk Region to help children and youth succeed, improve access to health care, promote self-sufficiency and strengthen families. More information about United Way Blackhawk Region is available at

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