The Executive Team and staff of the United Way of Ocean County completed remarkable work post-Sandy, becoming the fiscal agent for the community’s rebuilding, while still continuing to support community social service organizations at large. Three years later the Board recognized they needed to take a look at the strategy of the organization’s work now that the UWOC’s post-Sandy work is completed. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation agreed to fund that study.
After having the Board and staff complete the CCAT in addition to assessing the needs of the community, the United Way of Ocean County realized that alone they were strong, but there was a potential to be even stronger. They started exploring the idea of merging with the United Way of Monmouth County. We met with other United Way leaders who have successfully merged and learned their best practices. After talking with the Board and getting a general consensus to explore the possibility, we hired a consulting group to start the process.
After several months of planning and meetings with the merger task team and Tim Hearne, the Executive Director of the United Way of Monmouth County, the merger was approved by both Boards and the joint United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) was born. This was one of the most efficient mergers the consultants had ever seen. Everyone worked effectively together, with the best interest of the community in mind. A new Board was formed with members from both Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Tim Hearne has taken the reigns of the combined organization and is ready to hit the ground running!
The Check In:
Since the newly formed UWMOC is in its early stages, there have only been a few Board meetings so far; however, the merged organization is working beautifully together. They are planning two major fundraising events that will take place before the end of 2016. They will then begin the process of reviewing their allocations procedures and partner agencies to see where the most impact can be made.
Jeremy Grunin has stepped in as the first Chairman of the Board of the newly combined organization. We will support UWMOC to ensure that the Monmouth and Ocean County communities see the greatest positive effects in the impact categories of education, income and health.