Merger FAQs

 

EXPANDING IMPACT

United Way of Elkhart County and United Fund of LaGrange County have joined hands to form United Way of Elkhart & LaGrange Counties

 

WHY JOIN HANDS, WHY MERGE?

  • Our goal is to better mobilize human and financial resources; to create lasting, measurable change that improves people’s lives in Elkhart and LaGrange Counties.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MERGING?

  • Greater Impact – More Lives Changed

A merged United Way will engage more volunteers and allow greater financial investment in the two counties in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability.

 

  • Greater Efficiency

To accomplish our goals of improving lives, we will combine administrative functions to create cost savings and increased organizational performance.

 

FREQUENLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Where will my donation go? 

Funds raised in each county will support programs in the county in which they are raised, unless a donor designates otherwise.

 

  • How will donations be allocated?  

Each county will have volunteer panels composed of local citizens who will determine the best programs to invest in.

 

  • Who will lead the merged organization?

A Board consisting of volunteer leaders from both Elkhart and LaGrange Counties will govern the organization.

 

  • Will there be staff changes?

Current staffing will remain the same.

 

WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

  • Over the past year, the United Way of Elkhart County and United Fund of LaGrange County have partnered together on several projects that have gone well.

  • The merged United Way will continue to champion the unique identities of the communities it serves.

  • At the same time, a merged United Way will have greater ability to address community needs that are common across both counties.

 

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR CORE PRINCIPALS

  • Enhance the ability to effectively accomplish our shared mission and serve both communities.

  • Respect and honor the intentions of our donors.

  • Maintain and coordinate individual community identities as we create a unified organization.

  • Be aware of and responsive to differences in community culture.

 

WE EXPECT LITTLE SHORT-TERM CHANGE

  • Donors and stakeholders will see little change in the short term because full transition and integration could take a year or more.

  • We will work together with local organizations and programs as integral partners.

  • Offices will remain in place.  Staff will continue to provide quality services.

  • The merged United Way will continue to coordinate with volunteers and community leaders to help guide local strategies, programs, relationship building and fundraising.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Bill Rieth, President/CEO

United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties

riethb@unitedwayec.org,  574-295-1650

 

Mimi Wismer, Director of LaGrange County

United Way of Elkhart and LaGrange Counties

wismerm@unitedwayec.org,  260-436-8040

 

United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in our communities