United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

THE PEOPLE:

Tim Hearne

President & CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, has an extensive career in finance as well as governmental affairs, human resources, regulatory affairs.

Jeremy Grunin

President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation and Chairman of the Board of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

The staff and Board

of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

THE IDEA

After having the board and staff complete the CCAT in addition to assessing the needs of the community, the United Way of Ocean County (UWOC) 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 UWOC board and getting a general consensus to explore the possibility, we hired a consulting group to start the process.

THE IMPACT

After several months of planning and meetings with the merger task team and Tim Hearne, 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. Tim Hearne has taken the reigns of the combined organization and has hit the ground running. Tim, the staff and board are making strides in the areas of early grade reading, school readiness, financial stability and youth career pathways.

THE UPDATE

The merged organization is working beautifully together. They have had several major fundraisers in 2016 and 2017, and are planning their 50th Anniversary Gala for 2018. In November of 2017, UWMOC together with our Foundation, announced a $1 Million Challenge grant to help raise funds for the community over the next four years.  In order to support UWMOC’s new mission to mobilize donors, volunteers and community partners to improve the lives of youth and their families, the Grunin Foundation will match all new or increased donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million until June 30, 2021.

UWMOC is implementing its new strategic plan as a combined organization and has begun its fundraising campaign to reach the goals for the match grant.

UPDATE – As of March 2018, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has raised $400,000 towards the match grant! Stay tuned for more updates.

For more information on the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, please visit www.uwmoc.org.