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New Collaboration - United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties

Collaboration. Capacity. Common issues.

Are you amalgamating? What does that mean?
The four United Ways of Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties are coming together to share our resources and deliver greater impact to those in need.

By coming together, we are guided by a shared, core principle: funds raised locally, will be invested locally.

All four Boards of Directors unanimously support our efforts to amalgamate our work while maintaining our local presence and focus on our respective communities.

United Ways will remain leaders in their communities. The funds raised by each United Way will be invested to support people in their respective communities. Local staff and volunteers in each region will maintain control over investment decisions to support their community’s most vulnerable people.

The new proposed business entity would be called United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties; however, each respective United Way will keep its current name and operate with it in the region.

Why are you amalgamating now?
We have already been working closely together for several years on fundraising events and other community work and have seen the benefits of this collaboration.

One example of the success of working together is a recent government grant secured by the four United Ways to help people with disabilities reach their employment goals.

By taking a more formalized approach to this work, we hope to build on this kind of success and create greater impact in our local communities.

Will local United Ways lose their local identities?
Not at all. United Ways will remain leaders in their local communities. The funds raised by each United Way will be invested to support people in their respective communities. Local staff and volunteers will maintain control over investment decisions to support their community’s most vulnerable people. As well, each United Way will maintain their recognized brands and identities in their regions.

What is the benefit of amalgamation?
As we join forces, we can address the critical issues facing our communities. Together, we will build a better future for the communities we serve. We’re excited about the possibilities ahead — and eager to get started.  

As a result of this collaboration and amalgamation, all four United Ways will be able to access each other’s knowledge and expertise. Once ratified by members, all four United Ways will be able to share resources including IT technology, fundraising tools, marketing materials, community development research and more.

How will this impact your agency partners?
Our partners will continue to work closely with our local staff and volunteers to support our community’s most vulnerable people. The same staff and volunteers will continue to be locally engaged and maintain control over all investment decisions.

Have you already started the process?
We meet regularly with volunteers and staff to discuss all aspects of this collaboration as we move to formalize and legally amalgamate.

I care about my region. Can you guarantee my dollars will support residents here?
Absolutely, the funds raised locally, will be invested locally. Whether it’s funds generously donated online, through events, business partnerships, workplaces or more, all funds will be invested in the community where they were raised, to help those in need.

How are donors affected?
Nothing will change for United Way donors. Donors who support [insert local UW name] can be certain that the funds will remain in their community to support those most in need.

How are volunteers affected?
Volunteers are the heart of United Way. By bringing our organizations closer together, it will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences to tackle common issues that all our communities face. Our volunteers from our respective communities will certainly benefit from working together.

New this year, United Way Ottawa has new members Board join us from United Way Prescott-Russell, United Way Lanark County and United Way Renfrew County to begin including the much needed representation.

With the new business entity the United Ways will have a regional Board of Directors with local representation. In addition, United Way Prescott-Russell, United Way Lanark County and United Way Renfrew County will have Councils where decisions regarding investments in their respective communities will be made to ensure decisions remain local.

Who will decide how much money is invested in our community and where will the money go?
The funds raised locally, will be invested locally. Decisions about investments will remain a local decision made by volunteers and staff familiar with the needs of the region.

Local staff and volunteers will maintain control over investment decisions to support their community’s most vulnerable people.

Will each of the four local United Ways continue to have a local office?
Yes, all of the United Ways will continue to have offices in the communities they serve. Local staff and volunteers will remain engaged in their respective communities.

What happens to local staff and volunteers?
Staff and volunteers will remain locally engaged and will be responsible for all investment decisions, fundraising activities, community development work and volunteer management in their respective communities.

When will the new business entity take effect?
With a successful ratification, the proposed name of the new business entity will be United Way Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew Counties but each respective United Way will maintain its local brand in their region. The new business entity will begin operations on April 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact us at agm@unitedwayottawa.ca or call 613-228-6896.

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