MERGER PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR UNITED WAY OF MANATEE COUNTY AND UNITED WAY SUNCOAST

Community impact to increase with continued local leadership and local investment

Suncoast of FL – February 8, 2017 – United Way of Manatee County and United Way Suncoast have agreed to proceed toward merger in summer 2017, pending successful completion of the ongoing due diligence process.

Following UWMC President Philip Brown’s retirement announcement in March, 2016, the UWMC Board began a formal review of potential organizational structures. Discussions with United Way Suncoast (Suncoast) began in September 2016 when UWMC approached United Way Suncoast (Suncoast) to discuss how the organizations could work together. In January, both Boards unanimously voted to proceed.

“We explored merging with United Way Suncoast several years ago but the timing wasn’t right,” said Anne Lee, UWMC Board Chair. “Since then, we have watched how Sarasota has benefited post merger and seen first-hand the accomplishments United Way Suncoast has made in the Sarasota market with community impact. We feel confident the time is right now but more importantly, that Manatee County will benefit from continued local presence and focus, with the added capabilities and support that United Way Suncoast brings.”

Bronwyn Beightol, currently UWMC COO, will assume the role of Area President United Way Suncoast – Manatee Area. A Manatee Area Board will continue to drive local fundraising and community investments within Manatee County and have representation on the regional Suncoast Board. This follows Suncoast’s established model of local leadership shaping and supporting regional shared goals.

UWMC will complete a planned centralization of staff to their existing location in Lakewood Ranch in Spring 2017. Discussions are underway to develop ideas to grow the community-based presence in Bradenton.

“For years we have worked closely with United Way of Manatee County on programs like the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, where United Way of Manatee County has played a leading role regionally,” said Eric Bailey, United Way Suncoast Board Chair. “Joining together will strengthen these relationships and leverage their expertise across the region to the benefit of Manatee County and all of the people in the communities we serve.”


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About United Way of Manatee County
With a rich history dating back to 1943, United Way of Manatee County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Manatee. It is the only organization in the county that combines local leadership with the global reach of United Way. Worldwide, United Way supports 2.9 million volunteers and 10.3 million donors with more than $5 billion raised annually. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. Learn more at www.uwmanatee.org.

About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the communities we serve. We do this through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and helping adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as providing support services to those who need it most, because everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential. For more information, please call 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0900 (Tampa office), or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.

UWMC Nonprofit Funding Meeting Jan 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/12/2017

United Way of Manatee County will host Jan 26 meeting for local nonprofits wishing to apply for 2017-18 FUNDING

United Way of Manatee County (UWMC) will host a meeting January 26, 2017 for local nonprofit agencies interested in applying for United Way funding.

Nonprofit agencies interested in applying for funding programs addressing one or more of UWMC’s focus areas – Education, Financial Stability or Health are encouraged to attend. The funding meeting will be held at 9:00am on January 26, 2017 at the United Way McClure Center in Lakewood Ranch, 4215 Concept Court, Bradenton.

The meeting will consist of a focused discussion on UWMC’s 2017-2018 investment priorities application deadlines, changes to the application process and new online application software. [Please NOTE: Applicants must be nonprofit agencies that are recognized as a corporation under the State of Florida and tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) internal revenue code.]

The application submission period is Jan. 26 – March 10. For more information on the meeting or about the application process, please call Carolyn Griffin at (941) 748-1313. To learn more about United Way of Manatee County, visit our Website. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About United Way of Manatee County

With a rich history dating back to 1943, United Way of Manatee County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Manatee. It is the only organization in the county that combines local leadership with the global reach of United Way. Worldwide, United Way supports 2.9 million volunteers and 10.3 million donors with more than $5 billion raised annually. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. Learn more at our website.

United Way of Manatee Launches “Manatee Mind Trust”

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Focus on Children and County’s Long-Term Greatness

United Way of Manatee County, the independent local chapter of the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit organization, is launching a new initiative to help the region thrive by helping local children thrive.

This year’s campaign, the “Manatee Mind Trust” initiative, will focus on children from birth to age nine. United Way of Manatee County is bringing together leading philanthropists, employers, volunteers and community partners to support programs for healthy birth and childhood, financial stability for families, and, importantly, helping children bridge the critical transformation from “learning to read” to “reading to learn” by age nine—a key factor in predicting graduation rates and future earnings.

“We have a long history of investing in children, and we are a leader in our community’s grade-level reading movement, but this is the first time we’ve taken a collective approach and viewed our region’s children as the vital source of our county’s ongoing success,” said Bronwyn Beightol, Senior Vice President.

“Based on a great deal of community input, our board has created a concept that will impact the lives of every Manatee resident in all four corners of the county by focusing on cultivating a talented workforce for many years to come. This means millions in new jobs and economic development for our families and businesses, quality services for our seniors, as well as great opportunities for our community’s young people to build quality careers at home rather than moving away.”

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