Merger Press Release

United Ways of Greater Kansas City and Wyandotte County announce merger

KANSAS CITY, Kan. and KANSAS CITY, Mo.  Today, the Boards of United Way of Greater Kansas City and United Way of Wyandotte County announced they will merge the two organizations, effective July 1st.  Currently, United Way of Greater Kansas City serves five counties. Multiple committees formed by the two organizations have been working together to study a potential merger for the better part of the past year.

The Boards of the two organizations believe that by adding Wyandotte County to the footprint presently covered by United Way of Greater Kansas City, the combined organization will better unify and serve the region. Together, the two entities raise nearly $30 million every year to serve the growing needs of local residents.

Brent Stewart, CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City will remain in that leadership role once the two entities are merged. He praised the board, community volunteers and staff for thoughtfully managing the merger discussions with the needs of the broader community in mind.

“We are excited to combine the innovative and collaborative work of Wyandotte County with the UWGKC organization,” said Stewart. “There are great people and agencies in Wyandotte County who are coming together with us to help United Way serve the needs of everyone in the metro with compassion and care.”

In 2008, Stewart was recruited to lead the successful integration of four regional United Way operations into a cohesive and respected organization with a unified commitment to community impact.  That effort led to the establishment of United Way of Greater Kansas City, which will continue to be the name of the successor entity following its merger with United Way of Wyandotte County.

Todd Jordan, currently CEO of United Way of Wyandotte County, joined the organization in 2015 and said of the effort, “Through the merger with United Way of Greater Kansas City, we will have even more resources to serve the interests and challenges faced by our communities – in Wyandotte County and beyond.”  He will remain with the merged entity in the role of Chief Community Engagement Officer.

The merged organization will maintain a physical presence in both Wyandotte County and in Kansas City, Missouri, as is currently the case.  It will serve approximately 2 million residents in six counties.

For more information, contact Laurie Roberts at (816) 931-8900 and lroberts@parriscommunications.com.

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United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 8.1 million donors worldwide and $4.8 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. 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.