Fathers day

Celebrating Fathers and Father Figures

The dads of United Way share their motivations for raising the next generation

We spoke with a few of the fathers on the United Way of Greater Kansas City team about what fatherhood and setting an example for their kids means to them, what they’ve taught their children, and how their work influences their families.

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Chris Rosson

President and CEO

“I try to instill three values in my kiddos – integrity, compassion and resilience. For me, being a father is a true gift. I learn something new from my kids every day. They inspire me be a better person and to make a better world for them to occupy long after I’m gone. I tell them that at the United Way, I do just that – I work alongside other committed individuals to make our community a better place for all by expanding opportunities to those who have been historically marginalized.”

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Jim MacDonald

Chief Community Investment Officer

What does being a father mean to you? The greatest blessing of my life, hard work but tons of fun.

How do you like to spend Father’s Day? Brunch and a hike or bike ride with my family, relaxing on the front porch.

What is a life lesson, skill or attribute you’re proud to have instilled in your kids? Curiosity about the world and the importance of being a good friend.

What do you hope your kids know (whether now or years from now) about your work at UWGKC? That my job involves helping people, a role I feel fortunate to play.

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Mike Goff

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

What does being a father mean to you? I don’t know that I have a more important responsibility in my life than being a father who guides, counsels, listens and loves my children.

How do you like to spend Father’s Day? I like to do something with my kids on or around Father’s Day, whether together or individually. When one has adult children who live busy lives, getting time with them is the greatest gift that I can receive. 

What is a life lesson, skill or attribute you’re proud to have instilled in your kids? I’m so proud of who my children are and the lives that they are leading. They are kind, caring, loving people and I see that modeled in their family lives, their work and their relationships. They also have strong faith in God. If I helped guide any of that, then I’m incredibly blessed to have played a role in who they are. 
 
What do you hope your kids know (whether now or years from now) about your work at UWGKC? They already know that what I’m doing makes a difference in Kansas City. It’s important to me that they know that I believe strongly in “Life is short. Do stuff that matters.” I also know that they are proud of me for the work that I do with our team at United Way of Greater Kansas City.

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Erick Schmidt

Vice President, Marketing

What does being a father mean to you? We need more kindness in our universe, and being a dad to my two boys means I can have a direct role in that by raising them with compassion in their hearts. In a world that feels upside down right now, that's reassuring. 

How do you like to spend Father’s Day? The same way I spend most Sundays: chasing these two—but maybe with a later wake-up time. 

What is a life lesson, skill or attribute you’re proud to have instilled in your kids? Like Chris, I have 3 rules I want my boys to follow in their lives: Be resilient, be empathetic, and protect your brother. If they do that, I can be flexible on the rest. 

What do you hope your kids know (whether now or years from now) about your work at UWGKC? It's important to find a life path that you can be passionate about, and it's even better if you can help people in the process. For me, that has been supporting the mission at United Way of Greater Kansas City.