UNITED WAY is a worldwide organization of nearly 1,800 community-based UNITED WAY in 41 countries. Each is independently incorporated and governed by local volunteers. UNITED WAY bring communities together to focus on the most important needs in the community, build partnerships, forge consensus and leverage resources to make measurable difference. For more information about the national organization, UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE, visit UnitedWay.org
At the heart of it, we serve as a fundraising arm within the community - raising and distributing funds to nonprofit agencies and programs with a focus on serving Basic Needs, Health & Wellness and Youth Development. However, UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY provides much more than dollars. Our organization has a holistic perspective of the community. We identify community issues, convene community groups and develop initiatives while holding funded agencies accountable for outcomes. Some have called UNITED WAY’s certification the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval for nonprofit agencies. By strategically investing in effective programs, innovative approaches and collaborative solutions we support invaluable services necessary to strengthen the community. However, we provide much more than dollars…visit our GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER pages for more information and to see how you can get involved and LIVE UNITED!
Our organization makes sure your money goes where it’s needed most and offers donors the opportunity to maximize their giving by leveraging support the entire community. Donors who give to UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY know they are supporting local work that will create the largest impact for Natrona County.
Another advantage is the assurance that there is diligent monitoring to ensure your dollars are being used effectively and making the greatest impact.
A number of UNITED WAY Partner Agencies are able to use funds received via UNITED WAY as leverage when applying for additional funding from other sources. This results in the multiplication of your dollars, in some cases quadrupling your give.
Lastly, 99 cents of every dollar you donate stays here in Natrona County.
Yes! Not only can giving to UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY help improve your community, it can also qualify as a tax deduction. However, you can only deduct contributions of money and property. While your time is invaluable to UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY, donations of your time can’t be used to claim a tax write-off when you file your return.
Yes, we often say UNITED WAY is local giving with local impact. In fact, 99 cents of every dollar donated remains in Natrona County unless you, as the donor, request that it be sent to another UNITED WAY or charity outside of our area.
For fiscal year 2019 UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY is budgeted to invest $0.65 of every dollar into community programs, above and beyond the national average of $0.63. This means that 35 cents of every dollar fund programs like VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Success by 6- Ready League and covers administrative and fundraising costs. This is within the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance recommended rate for overhead costs at nonprofit organizations.
A certified public accounting firm audits every UNITED WAY annually. Results, along with recommendations for improvements are presented to each the local Board of Directors. The Board then enacts and monitors suggested improvements.
UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY is run by a volunteer board of directors (link to anchor) comprised of community leaders and partners living and working in the Natrona County Area, and who possess a desire to create impact and affect change. Day to day operations are overseen by an Executive Director with the help of a Finance Coordinator and a Community & Partner Engagement Coordinator. A full staff directory and contact information can be found here.
United Way Worldwide (UWW) provides support services and resources to independent United Way organizations across the country. UWW provides advertising, research on national needs, educational instruction, and strategic planning methods that local United Way’s like UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY use to improve their communities. UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY contributes 1% of campaign pledges annually in return for services provided. In addition to the services provided, a percentage of the 1% is credited to the local organization to be used toward staff and board continued education and professional development.
No. Funds raised within Natrona County support agencies and programs within Natrona County. Currently there is not a Planned Parenthood or related agency in Natrona County.
The requirements, process and timeline for our Annual Grant can be found here (link to For Nonprofits page) as well as a brief description of the types of agencies and programs that we currently fund.
UNITED WAY is not set up to provide direct assistance to individuals, but we work with many community partners that do. Please feel free to call us at 307.237.9367 and we will help connect you with one or more of our partners.
UNITED WAY OF NATRONA COUNTY provides a number of ways for local businesses to get involved. Click here for more information on Workplace Campaign, Partnership Opportunities, our Workplace Volunteer Program or the Corporate Social Responsibility Network then feel free to reach out. We’d love the opportunity to meet with you and create the perfect opportunities to get you and your team involved!