Yes, as of September 1, 2021, a new organization, named United Way of Southern Maryland, will assume all responsibilities of the United Way of Calvert County, United Way of Charles County, and United Way of St. Mary’s County.
No, hundreds of hours since early last year have gone into exploring the pros and cons of this decision. Months of due diligence has been undertaken by the three boards to ensure our organizations can seamlessly integrate and combine.
In the coming months, the three United Ways will work together to create the best possible system by building on the strengths of all partners. Significant work has already been done. In addition, all United Ways are working toward the transition of board and committee structure, organizational functions, staffing, etc., in order for the new entity to launch
Consolidation of the three organizations will enable our region to achieve better coordination of services to the constituents and the communities they serve, gain greater efficiencies in operations, and ultimately free up additional funds to meet priority needs and achieve impact within the community. Together, we can accomplish more, have a greater impact, and build more capacity to engage people and organizations. This will help us achieve our mission, and grow our position as the number one platform for community impact.
There may be concerns about losing the local voice of our communities or losing the local impact in our areas. We have worked hard to address balancing a centralized organization that can address the varying needs of diverse local communities while at the same time addressing more effectively the common needs of all communities (e.g., can an organization truly be local in nature and regional in impact?).
The integration will enable United Way to serve donors in an even more efficient manner and give donors a more compelling reason to support United Way because more of their dollar will be spent directly on increasing impact in the community.
Our new model will allow us to provide a richer, more rewarding donor experience. Previously, several corporate and workplace donors interacted with all three United Ways. By becoming one, United Way of Southern Maryland will offer a seamless experience for those donors.
The distribution of funds will remain as it always has been in the current funding cycle. As always, the Board of Directors determines the best use of the donors’ dollars based on need and results before approving grants.
Yes! The intent of the donor is first and foremost. Money raised in local community campaigns throughout the region will continue to be used to serve local communities. Along with raising funds, community volunteers will continue to assess needs, review agencies, and make local recommendations.
A comprehensive search is underway to identify a qualified candidate.
Board members for United Way of Calvert County, United Way of Charles County, and United Way of St. Mary’s County made the decision.
The organizations had to make their respective decisions based on what each believed was in the best interest for those it serves. This was a very difficult decision for all to make, but the vast majority of all three boards voted in favor of the consolidation