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United Way for Greater Austin

Live United

Austin, TX   |  https://www.unitedwayaustin.org/

Mission

United Way for Greater Austin brings our community together to break economic barriers and build opportunity for all.

Ruling year info

1953

CEO

David C. Smith

Main address

5930 Middle Fiskville Road, 5th Floor

Austin, TX 78752 USA

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EIN

74-1193439

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way for Greater Austin exists to solve our community’s biggest challenges. Austin often tops the lists of best cities to live. A great place to raise a family, a healthy local economy, a city poised for future growth – these are just some of the honors given to our metro area. And we agree… we love it too! But not everyone in Greater Austin is sharing in the promise of our region. Yet. Many of us are working hard, but still struggling to make ends meet. One in 10 households in the Austin area is considered low-income, and race and zip code are some of the biggest predictors of a person’s life outcomes. We spur systems-level change, shaping our metro area into a community that works for everyone. We're on a mission to fight poverty, and we do that by bringing people, ideas, and resources together. We address complex community issues by investing in the building blocks of opportunity that every person needs to thrive: education, health, and financial stability.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grow United

Our goal: All children enter Kindergarten happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in school and beyond

In 2012, a coalition of child and family advocates — providers, parents, policymakers, civic leaders, and experts — came together under the banner of United Way for Greater Austin to transform Austin/Travis County’s early childhood system through a strategic plan, originally called the School Readiness Action Plan.

Today, our Success By 6 Coalition (SX6) has grown, strengthened, and continues to build upon its achievements. The third installment of the strategic plan, launched in January 2019, looks forward to our next 2,000 days and how we can continue to coordinate our actions to help ensure every child born in the Austin area receives the support and care they deserve during their essential first 2,000 days.
As part of our collective impact work to fight poverty, United Way for Greater Austin convenes a Success By 6 Coalition in both Travis and Williamson counties.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Our goal: Families with young children are financially stable

A 2-Gen (or 2-Generation) approach to social services serves parents and children simultaneously and leads to better financial outcomes for both generations.
The 2-Gen Coalition is a network of child and family advocates committed to strengthening and expanding 2-Gen services and resources for Austin-area families. Driven by a community-wide roadmap, the first community-wide strategic plan for 2-Gen in the nation, the 2-Gen Coalition works to create an ecosystem of programs and services that support intergenerational economic opportunity for families with low income.

The 2-Gen Coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of our collective impact work to fight poverty.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Our goal: People in our community are connected to resources fod food, health, housing, transportation, and more

For more than 25 years, United Way for Greater Austin has helped people navigate the complex system of health and human services in Central Texas through our Navigation Center. We provide simple, one-call access to more than 30,000 nonprofit and government resources in 10 counties.
Callers can receive support in the areas of food, health, child care, employment, housing, transportation, disaster relief, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our goal: Children are reading on grade level by the 4th grade, a critical time when children transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”

Currently in our community, only three in 10 children from families with low income are reading on grade level by the fourth grade — compared to six in 10 children from families with moderate to high income.
Founded in 2021, the Greater Austin Reading Coalition is a diverse coalition of nonprofit and community leaders, librarians, teachers, and parents working toward a shared vision of supporting children, grades K-3, to ensure they are reading on grade level by the fourth grade — a pivotal point in a child’s reading development.

This Greater Austin Reading Coalition is convened by United Way for Greater Austin as part of our collective impact work to fight poverty.

Population(s) Served
Children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Family relationships, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children and individuals impacted through our strategic work in education, health, and financial stability

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 1924, United Way has been a powerful force for good and a critical part of the fabric of Greater Austin. The needs in our metro area have changed over time, so weve adapted our support to stay ahead of emerging needs and help as many people as possible. What hasnt changed? Our belief that every person deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.

All of our work - from leading community coalitions, to funding nonprofit partners, to running evidence-based programs - is aligned to achieve these goals:

All children enter Kindergarten happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in school and beyond
Families with young children are financially stable
People in our community are connected to resources for food, health, housing, transportation, and more
Children are reading on grade level by the 4th grade, a critical time when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn

United Way for Greater Austin unites the community around collective goals, strategically invests in partners working to achieve those goals, and executes proven programs aligned with those goals. We lead systemic change that increases opportunity for people with low income in Greater Austin so they can reach their full potential.

We take a multi-generational approach to breaking the cycle of poverty.

By serving parents and children simultaneously, we create better financial outcomes for both generations.

We lead systemic change not just Band-Aid solutions.

By addressing the root causes of poverty, we create impactful and sustainable solutions.
We bring everyone to the table.

By bringing together nonprofits, policymakers, philanthropists, parents with lived experience, and community and business leaders, we can solve our communitys biggest challenges.

Thanks to our amazing donors and supporters, we are making a difference. Together, we are building a community where every child enters Kindergarten ready to learn and thrive, all families are financially stable, every person has access to quality healthcare, and every child reads on grade level.

Something special happens when we Live United. When we work together to build a stronger community, we are sparking a movement bigger than anything we can do alone.

Together with generous neighbors like you, here are some of the things we accomplished in the past year across the Central Texas region, including Travis and Williamson counties.

-64,369 children and individuals impacted through our strategic work in education, health, and financial stability

-$8,294,424 invested directly into our community

-200,000+ requests for help answered through our Navigation Center

In our next year, we hope to impact even more families, invest even more dollars into the community, and continue to work together with our donors, supporters, and partners to make our community a place where everyone can reach their full potential.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Way for Greater Austin

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Strama

Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas

Jennifer Poppe

Vinson & Elkins, Retired // Board Treasurer

Kristin Marcum

ECPR // Board Secretary

Blake Absher

Broadway Bank

Jeremiah Bentley

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Jennifer Byrd

American Water

Dr. Joshua Childs

University of Texas at Austin

Patrick Dorsey

Retired Media Executive

Mollie Duckworth

Latham & Watkins

Allison Dwyer

Retired Speech-Language Pathologist

Andy Esparza

Retired Human Resources Executive

Jennifer Foster

Dell Technologies

Jay Fox

Baylor Scott & White Health -- Greater Austin Region

Ryan Frederick

SmartLiving 360

Michele Glaze

Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Kristie Gonzales

KVUE

Jehmu Greene

Barbara's Legacy

Cristina Guajardo

Academic Programs International

Patrick Hadlock

Boston Consulting Group

Cathy Harm

H-E-B

John D. Holmes

Forcepoint

Laura Huffman

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Bobby Jenkins

ABC Home & Commercial Services

Dr. Anjum Khurshid

Harvard Medical School

Shawn Kotoske

ATX Defense

Ed Latson

Austin Regional Manufacturers Association

Hon. Rudy Metayer

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

Abbi Miller

St. David's HealthCare

Dr. Sarojani Mohammed

Ed Research Works

Dr. Richard Rhodes

Austin Community College

Yvette Ruiz

JPMorgan Chase

Scott Rust

NI

Michele Scott

Square Move Realty

Amy Simmons

Amy's Ice Creams

Karen Steakley

Telsa

Charles Thornburgh

Civitas Learning

Jeff Vernor

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Rina vonFrisch

Kendra Scott

Alison Walgren

Deloitte

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/15/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.