Member Vote Information

Merger Agreement_08_19_22Am I Eligible to Vote on the Merger?

If you received a digital (email) or print (postcard) notification* (see examples below) that you are eligible as a donor during our previous campaign year (July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022) to attend the vote meeting, this page contains the merger information mentioned in those communications. Only donors who have given in the previous campaign year are eligible to attend and vote on the merger. Your attendance is not required, but our bylaws do not allow for proxy vote. You must attend the virtual meeting to cast a vote.

Merger notification mailer
Merger vote notification (email) Merger vote notification (postcard)

* If you believe you are a member eligible to vote (because you donated in the past campaign year) but did not receive a notification, you may not have a current home address or email on file with United Way of Great Topeka. Please contact merger@unitedwaytopeka.org if you wish to confirm you are a voting member and/or if you wish to join the special meeting.

The merger notification reads as follows:

United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County have a long history of partnering with community agencies to invest dollars and resources into strategies that aid individuals and families. Both organizations have continuously looked for ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, in light of declining campaign revenues and an increasingly challenging fundraising environment.

To that end, staff and board members have carefully evaluated the impact of a merger and have determined that a merger between United Way of Greater Topeka and United Way of Douglas County is in the long-term best interest of both organizations. A merger agreement has been drafted that provides shared opportunities for growth both financially and in our capacity to serve the people of our respective communities. The agreement safeguards donor dollars by providing that dollars raised in each community remain in that community. In addition, the agreement provides opportunities for Douglas County volunteers to continue having a role guiding work in Douglas County through service on the new combined Board of Directors, a Douglas County Advisory Council and service on various committees. Pursuant to the agreement, the important work of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center will also continue uninterrupted. You can review the full merger agreement at unitedwaytopeka.org/merger or scan the QR code on your mobile device.

Pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 17-6705 (c), you are being notified that a special meeting will be conducted electronically via Zoom on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 8:30 am (CDT) for purposes of approving the merger agreement. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to vote on approval of the agreement if you so desire. A print copy of the merger agreement can be mailed to you on request. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by calling 785.273.4804 or emailing merger@unitedwaytopeka.org. You will be asked to provide an email address to receive the meeting link.

Click to open a PDF of the Merger Agreement

updated 8/19/2022