The New Fairfield resident has held several roles at United Way for the past seven years, and for the last six months she's been interim CEO.
"I'm very excited,'' the 45-year-old Morgan said Thursday after United Way made the announcement. "I am thrilled the board felt I was the right person for the job."
The organization serves 15 towns from southern Litchfield County and northern and southern Fairfield counties and Stamford. It has an annual budget of $4.5 million.
"Her sincerity, compassion and experience made her our top choice," Schmotter said Thursday. "And the fact that this was a national search with many strong candidates from the nonprofit and business worlds confirmed those strengths."
Morgan, who will split her time between Danbury and Stamford, is married and has three daughters.
Morgan said the challenge for nonprofits is to raise money in this difficult economy, and she looks forward not just to tapping volunteers for donations in the future, but having them share their talents on behalf of the organization's work.
"It means using experts and other people willing to donate their time and to use their talents on things that are issue-focused. It's not just painting or landscaping, but using them year-round to help nonprofits solve their difficult problems," Morgan said. "This is a resource we haven't tapped as fully as we could."
Morgan previously served in other roles with the agency, in communications, human resources, and as chief operating officer of the organization.
United Way targets its resources in some key areas: early childhood learning; affordable housing, job skills and financial training; counseling services, home health care, children's health clinics; and drug & alcohol rehabilitation services.
The agency also provides grants for other organizations.