United Ways of Metropolitan Nashville and Williamson County are exploring opportunities to come together and better serve the community. The Boards of Trustees for both organizations have voted to convene over the coming months and discuss how the two organizations could potentially combine to increase fundraising and enhance programs that will serve the growing needs of the community.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the two largest United Ways serving Middle Tennessee to share expertise, leverage strengths and increase fundraising,” said Jim Schmitz, Chair of the Board of Trustees for United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. “This is about evolving our business model, with a focus on growth and long-term sustainability.”
According to Board Chair for United Way of Williamson County Kelly Roy Meyers, this is “a chance for two strong organizations with excellent leadership to work together and create even more meaningful, lasting change for our region. We see this as a really exciting, positive opportunity for Williamson County and the greater Nashville area.”
Darren Gottschalk, VP and General Manager of Enterprise Holdings, added “We fully support the collaborative conversations of United Way of Williamson County and United Way of Metropolitan Nashville that are geared toward becoming one stronger United Way. We believe in the importance of giving back and supporting our communities. This will further enhance our partnership with United Way.” The two Boards will consult with leadership from the two organizations as well as key community members to discuss the terms and conditions for a potential merger, with an eye on July 1, 2019 as the effective date for any changes.
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville currently serves Davidson and Cheatham counties and will also serve Robertson County beginning January 1.