Winston FairclothWinston Faircloth, the CEO of Upic Solutions, has announced he will step down from the organization at the end of September 2015.

With 33 years of service in executive positions at Upic and three United Ways, Faircloth will continue to lead the organization while the Upic Solutions Board of Directors searches for a new CEO.

Faircloth, said he plans to start a consulting/technology practice which will complement the ongoing mission of Upic, serving United Ways and other non-profits to optimize their use of emerging technology, including IBM/Watson and other business intelligence services.

“For the past 20 years, my career has been at the intersection of massive technological and United Way innovations. I believe my work experiences both inside the United Way network and in founding a technology shared service organization have uniquely prepared me for the next season of contribution and service to causes I admire. I believe technology changes are only going to accelerate and I look forward to exploring how these opportunities can be harnessed to support vital community initiatives.”

Faircloth co-founded Upic Solutions, the nation’s first and largest technology organization exclusively devoted to serving United Ways, in March 2000, following his outsourcing of technology and accounting services as the CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass (Lexington, KY) in the 1990’s. Upic currently serves member organizations across the country, representing over 20% of all United Way employees in the United States. Upic provides private cloud hosting of key United Way applications, a Member Services help desk and online giving platforms which United Ways use to raise more than $60 million each fall campaign.

Faircloth helped to lead the formation and development of the organization from idea to execution, with nearly $4 million in fee-for-service revenue in the most recent fiscal year.

“I cannot thank the visionary leaders of our board enough for the experience of the past 15 years. Together, we achieved something that had never been done before across multiple United Ways. We built a stand-alone organization to deliver critical data protection and information management services organically, without outside investment. Our board and internal team members showed incredible grit, determination, insight and courage to do what others said could not be done.”

A search committee is being formed to seek a new CEO for the organization. The search committee will be headed by Janet E. Jackson, Upic Solutions Board Chair and President & CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, with plans to have a new leader in place for Upic Solutions by this fall.

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