Local United Way to merge with south western Pa chapter

United Way of Southwestern PA just announced Butler County’s United Way will come into the fold of their organization. This will help each community better serve its local people by working together to make the greatest impact. Using the merger of United Way of Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties as a guide, the Butler County office has already begun adopting positive programming and practices from UWSWPA.

The merger was announced Thursday. The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, or UWSWPA, covers Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and southern Armstrong counties.

Not only will Butler be able to draw on the larger United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s programs and connections, but they also hope to streamline their backroom administrative operations and costs to be able to put more money and time into the community.

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3 comments

  1. No surprise here. United way in Butler has been going downhill since Leslie Osche left. The previous director dicked the dog and made the charity defunct.

    It sounds like Mary Ann Eisenreich is not interested in staying on as director, and it is a shame. Her credentials and awards are impressive.

    It is time for Butler county residents to stop supporting United Way as our donations will now benefit Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

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  2. I had no idea Butler UW was so far gone. I knew Ms. Hobaugh left the current staff with a hole to dig out of, but not that it was so deep. United Way prides itself on being a local presence and tries to avoid merging small local chapters with large city chapters unless one is failing.

    Butler United Way went from a 4 out of 4 star rating to a 2 out of 4 star rating at Charity Navigator. It is the financial rating that took a beating during Kierston Hobaugh’s tenure as director. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=14500

    The merger could be bad or good for Butler citizens in need. A smaller community like Butler could get lost in the shuffle of a chapter as large as United Way of Southwestern PA.

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  3. Quotes from Cranberry Eagle:

    “Eisenreich said they saw how well a merger could work three years ago when the United Way of Westmoreland County merged with the United Way of Allegheny County to create the UWSWPA.

    “They still have a local office, local staff,” she said. “They’ve been able to enhance their programs. They’ve been able to free up staff time to get out into the community more. That’s our aim.””

    If I recall correctly, it is the same merger Ms. Hobaugh was complaining about to the media when it was announced.

    “The group’s total liabilities and net assets decreased in the past two years, from $1.51 million in 2015 to $944,138 in 2016 and $745,244 in 2017, according to the organization’s year-end audit report, which goes through June 30, 2017.”
    The funding under Kierston Hobaugh’s tenure dropped 765k (765 THOUSAND DOLLARS) in two years. A funding drop of 50% in two years is disturbing. It is too bad the board could not see the damage she was doing in time to keep United Way of Butler County an independent chapter. Our local chapter is being absorbed into a larger one due to funding issues and mismanagement.

    We will have to wait and see if the city of Butler and outlying townships will be forgotten by United Way of SWPA, and the funding directed primarily to Cranberry and the south Butler county area closest to Allegheny county.

    http://www.thecranberryeagle.com/article/20180404/CRAN0101/704049866/-1/CRAN01

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