Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are the Woodland United Way and United Way California Capital Region merging? 
Both organizations have much in common including shared goals and are collaborating in many ways to improve outcomes for children in the region. The Woodland United Way approached UWCCR about the possibility of a merger in April 2018. Both groups’ boards of directors approved the merger in November 2018 after months of exploration and community meetings. 

What is the new name of the merged organization?   
The merged organization will operate under the name United Way California Capital Region.

When does the merger take into effect?   
The merger will take into effect on July 8, 2019.

Will the Woodland United Way office close?
No. The merged United Way California Capital Region will maintain offices in Woodland and Sacramento.

How would a merger affect Lori Ross, executive director of the Woodland United Way?
Woodland United Way Executive Director Lori Ross will join the staff at UWCCR and continue to serve the community as Area Director for Yolo County directing programs and partnerships for that area. 

What are the community benefits to this merger?
One merged organization serving the California Capital Region will result in increased investment in community needs, yield greater impact and outcomes, increase brand recognition, attract new donors, and make United Way more operationally efficient. 

Have the Woodland United Way and UWCCR worked together in the past?
Yes, they have a history of supporting each other. Both organizations share common goals for improving the education, financial well-being and health of its residents. Already, they are collaborating to improve outcomes throughout the region including non-profit certification, AmeriCorps programs, etc.

Will the local needs of Woodland still be met? 
Yes. The merger will continue the former Woodland United Way’s work to make lasting change in Yolo County through education. We will not be eliminating programs with this merger, but rather strengthening existing programs with additional resources. 

Which geographic area does United Way California Capital Region  support? 
United Way California Capital Region serves Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.


What was the process to move forward with this merger? 
A joint committee comprised of board members and senior staff from both organizations was created to explore the potential merger in the spring of 2018. Both groups’ boards of directors approved the merger in late November after a unanimous recommendation from the committee that included current and former board members, community leaders and staff from both organizations.

Each United Way currently has their own board of directors. What will happen following the merger? 
A joint committee comprised of board members and senior staff from both organizations are working to integrate Woodland leadership into the UWCCR board and a newly created Woodland Advisory Committee comprised of local community members and stakeholders. 
 
What is United Way California Capital Region’s vision?
United Way California Capital Region believes that ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their families receive support and resources to be successful.

What is the Square One Project?
The Square One Project is United Way California Capital Region’s 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of students in our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. United Way believes ending generational poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their families receive support and resources.