United Way for Greater Austin, United Way of Williamson County finalize merger

Following the merger, United Way of Greater Austin will serve 10 Central Texas counties. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Austin)
Following the merger, United Way of Greater Austin will serve 10 Central Texas counties. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Austin)

Following the merger, United Way of Greater Austin will serve 10 Central Texas counties. (Courtesy United Way of Greater Austin)

A merger between United Way for Greater Austin and United Way of Williamson County was finalized Jan. 1, according to a representative with the nonprofit. Together, the joint organization will provide services to 10 Central Texas counties.

The expanded organization will continue under the name United Way for Greater Austin, and David C. Smith will remain its CEO. Smith said in Jan. 3 announcement that as the lines between Travis and Williamson counties become more blended, a merger made sense.

“For our communities' biggest challenges, more and more people are finding regional solutions optimal," Smith said in the release. "This merger will help us better and more efficiently serve our regional community while expanding and deepening our impact for our neighbors who are working hard but still struggling to make ends meet."

United Way for Greater Austin works to fight poverty in the area by promoting education, health and financial stability. With the merger, the organization said it will be able to "upgrade, update and strengthen" its programs.

In an email, the organization said all funds donated in Williamson County will be used to promote United Way for Greater Austin's mission in the Williamson County area.


“Integrating the services and expertise of our two organizations will help us better and more efficiently serve our community, both in Williamson County and the region,” said Jodee O’Brien, former CEO of United Way of Williamson County, who will remain with the expanded organization in an advisory role for six months. “This is an exciting growth opportunity for us both.”

The merger was first explored in 2019, according to the release. In August, the two nonprofits signed an intent-to-merge contract. www.unitedwayaustin.org
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.