The Community Impact Fund is comprised of all donations to the United Way of Washtenaw County that are not directed to a specific organization. The Community Impact Fund supports education, income and health efforts in the community, by:
- Funding over 80 programs of local health and human service agencies
- Being a part of local collaborations and coalitions including the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders; a partnership that leverages a maximum return on investment and community level outcomes
- Investing in core UWWC programs in financial literacy include a Mobile Financial Resource team, our Volunteer Center and 2-1-1 information and referral service.
VolunteerWashtenaw.org is our online volunteer center that links people with volunteer opportunities and makes it easy to get connected. More than 50,000 visited since 2014!
Varsity Letter Program promotes our community volunteering among high school students by awarding local students with a varsity letter from their local high school in recognition of their outstanding community service. In June of 2018, United Way recognized 21 students who had a combined total of over 4,000 hours of community service for the previous 12 months.
Our free VITA tax services saved tax preparation fees and returned over $1.5 million to low-income individuals and families
Familywize prescription savings card helps uninsured and underinsured with the high cost of medications: $550,969 saved on prescription medications and 5,620 people helped in 2017.
Grants provided via the Financial Stability Fund totaled $100,000 in FY17 to fund programs to increase the availability of Financial Coaching for individuals/families and improve the economic wellbeing of women.
Stuff the Bus, May Days of Caring and Day of Action bring additional support to our community.
Actively engage local and state governments, politicians and committees to advocate for low-income individuals and families and their challenges
Our Young Leaders Society has invested over $15,000 at Erickson Elementary in Ypsilanti since 2016.
Women United raised over $50,000 at our annual Power of the Purse event in March. All proceeds will support the financial stability programs for women in Washtenaw County
- United Way of Washtenaw County is audited by an independent accounting firm and is carefully reviewed by the members of the United Way Finance and Audit Committee and Board of Directors. Transparency is vital and reports are available by request and posted on our website.
- Charity Navigator gave UWWC their highest rating for financial accountability and transparency in 2017. A 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities is granted to agencies for sound fiscal management.
- GuideStar Gold recognizes UWWC for our full financial and impact data available for review. We are committed to full financial transparency and provide complete financial information.
- All agencies and programs requesting United Way of Washtenaw County funding also undergo careful, regular and in-depth financial review by experienced professional staff and volunteers who review audited statements and budget documents. In addition, agencies must report annually about the impact of their services on specific outcomes and indicators. All UWWC-funded agencies must be registered 501(c) (3) agencies and must abide by the U.S. charitable laws.
Eligible grantees include local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organizations, local governments, and school districts that are located within and serving Washtenaw County. All of our investments align with our strategic focus areas: Early Childhood, School-Aged Youth, Health & Nutrition, Housing & Homelessness, Seniors, and Financial Stability
United Way of Washtenaw County operates very efficiently, raising $5.5 million in 2017. Our 12.7% administrative expense for staff and fundraising activities is well below industry standards, and it is one of the reasons why it is beneficial to give to United Way.
The United Way of Washtenaw County does not directly fund Planned Parenthood. The United Way of Washtenaw County is an open designation agency which means that we facilitate donor directed giving by processing designations to organizations that fall outside of United Way of Washtenaw County’s funding focus areas. See full funding disclosure for UWWC directed grants here: www.uwgive.org/yourdollarsatwork
No. United Way of Washtenaw County maintains its own database of supporters and will under no circumstances sell or trade this information to any individual or organization, public or private.
WHAT IS UNITED WAY'S NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY?
United Way of Washtenaw County is committed to equal employment opportunity. However, we will employ only those individuals entitled to work in the United States, complying with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-protected basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, citizenship, intent to become a citizen, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, and disability as defined by law.
- No person is excluded from service because of race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- There is no segregation of those served on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- There is no discrimination with regard to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment on basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Governing bodies are open to representation from all segments of the public, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, physical disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.