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Tonney resigns from Trident United Way

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Trident United Way President and CEO Chloe Knight Tonney has announced her retirement, effective Sept. 15, concluding a 35-year career in philanthropy.

Tonney“With 17 years of experience at the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chloe served in the nonprofit sector through five pandemics,” Board Chair Wendy Kopp said in a news release. “She was the ideal leader to steer Trident United Way through COVID-19. We are incredibly grateful for her steadfast leadership and commitment to the Tri-County over the last several years.”

Highlights of her tenure include an almost 10% increase in revenues in year one and raising more than $500,000 in a single event for COVID-19 funding for the community, the news release said. Recently, Trident United Way was selected by the United Way Association of SC to steward a federally funded award of $1.25 million — the largest in Trident United Way history — to address housing instability due to the impacts of COVID-19.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve the Tri-County alongside our extremely talented and dedicated board members, staff, partners and volunteers,” Tonney said in the release. “This team has built a strong roadmap for the future. As we refresh our strategic plan, the timing is well-aligned to identify a new leader who will bring Trident United Way into its next era of impact and achievement.”

Bradley R. Davis was unanimously approved by Trident United Way’s Executive Committee to serve as interim president and CEO. Davis started today and will work alongside Tonney for several weeks through the transition.

Davis served 22 years as the managing partner at Rick Hendrick BMW/Mini/Volvo in Charleston before retiring in 2018. He began his service to Trident United Way in 1999 as the auto dealer co-chair with the Trident United Way Annual Campaign. He served as a campaign ambassador for many years and advanced his Trident United Way volunteerism by serving as a leader for each Day of Caring. Additionally, Davis served on the Community Impact Committee for nine years. He was a member of the nominating committee in 2021 and served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee from 2018-2022. He was serving on the Finance Committee until he accepted the position as interim president and chief executive officer.

Reach Ross Norton at or 864-642-5229.

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