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Heart of Maine United Way

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aka HoMEUW   |   Bangor, ME   |  http://www.homeunitedway.org

Mission

To improve lives in the Heart of Maine by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities.

Ruling year info

1959

President & CEO

Mrs. Shirar Patterson

Main address

700 Main Street Suite 1

Bangor, ME 04401 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of Penobscot Valley

United Way of Eastern Maine

EIN

01-0211478

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Opportunity 2028 is a ten-year community change initiative set by the community and led by Heart of Maine United Way. Through an extensive process which included reviewing existing needs assessments, interviewing key stakeholders, facilitating community forums, and conducting public surveys HoMEUW has gathered the input of thousands of individuals to identify the issues that matter most to our community. The result is a focus on Basic Needs, Substance Use Disorder and Early Childhood Development. HoMEUW is uniquely positioned to impact these issues and has incorporated every aspect of our work, including the grant application process, with the Opportunity 2028 Bold Goals. The following statistics drove the goal setting in 2017 107,461 Eastern Mainers living at or below 200% of the federal poverty line (ex. family of 4 making less than 49,200/year) 107 people in Eastern Maine died due to overdose. Only 48% (1,347) of children in were reading proficiently at the end of third grade

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?

Heart of Maine United Way

Our mission is to improve the lives by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. We strive to make sure children are ready to learn, families are safe and self-sufficient, seniors remain independent and active, and individuals struggling with substance use disorder have access to the treatment and supports they need. We accomplish our results by bringing together subject experts, business leaders, donors, neighborhoods, and members of local nonprofit agencies. These community members help identify our community's most critical social issues. In forming these partnerships, we are better able to address the underlying causes of problems in our community and prevent them from happening. HoMEUW raises funds from the community to address the underlying root cause of the community's most pressing issues. HoMEUW touches 1 in 4 people across our region annually.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Social and economic status

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.

Dollars overall invested in the Community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heart of Maine United Way

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total functional program expenses (990)

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heart of Maine United Way

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants and other assistance to domestic organizations (990)

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heart of Maine United Way

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Organizational Score Card, UWW Database 2 Report (Total Donors)

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heart of Maine United Way

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public Support (990) "Gifts, grants, contributions and membership fees received"

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Heart of Maine United Way

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UWW Database 2

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Bold Goal #1: Meet basic needs and promote self-sufficiency for all
Headline Indicator: 10,746 people move out of poverty by 2028.
Objectives:
1. Families and individuals have access to resources and assistance to address food insecurity
2. Families and individuals obtain or maintain safe, affordable, stable housing
3. Individuals have an effective support system when faced with violence or abuse
4. Individuals have access to opportunities to improve financial stability and achieve self-sufficiency

Bold Goal #2: Prevent, treat, and support recovery from Substance Use Disorder
Headline Indicator: Eliminate deaths due to Substance Use Disorder by 2028.
Objectives:
1. Increase access to the full spectrum of accessible and affordable treatment and recovery resources
2. Increase access to prevention programming, youth programs to increase resiliency, and strategies to reduce stigma


Bold Goal #3: Ensure all children have quality early learning experiences
Headline Indicator: Increase the percent of children reading proficiently at the end of third grade to 58% by 2028.
Objectives:
1. Increase access to preschool and quality early childcare programs
2. Parents and caregivers are informed and engaged in their child’s development
3. K-3 children have access to before and after school activities
4. Providers and professionals deliver quality educational experiences

Core: To achieve real, sustained change and progress towards the goals, we must build the capacity and advance the skill sets of our partners. We need to bring them together to reduce duplication of service, identify gaps in the systems, and leverage resources to meet those needs.

1. Align Community Investment grants with Bold Goals. All grantees provide services to advance the bold goals and are awarded three-year contracts, with reviews of progress reports at regular intervals. This shift to multi-year funding has enhanced sustainability, allow grantees to respond to new community problems, and improve planning and leadership development.

2. Build collaboration among grantees through a series of convenings.
This approach enhanced relationships and break down the fear and barriers many nonprofits face when it comes to collaboration. These sessions identify opportunities for shared work, improve communication and data-sharing, improve collaboration.

2. Expand and strengthen community engagement with and capacity to advance Opportunity 2028.
Through relationship-building, social media, presentations, trainings, events and other activities, HoMEUW offers people concrete, easy, ways to get involved. Through financial contributions, advocacy and/or volunteering. An annual training calendar addresses grantee and community needs, collective impact best practices and data collection/evaluation. Our vision for capacity building also includes necessary infrastructure/technology upgrades required to advance organizational missions and collaboration.

3. Establish working groups to advance strategic action plans.
Based on lessons learned from the grantee convenings and community engagement activities, host facilitated working group(s). The working group(s) identify strategies that can be implemented with HoMEUW support (staffing, financial, advocacy etc.)

Heart of Maine United Way works to meets its goals through the support of our local fundraising, securing sponsors and grants for special projects, partnering with other organizations and community leaders, and mobilizing the power of volunteers to address needs.

We are conveners and collaborative leaders in our community and regularly provide facilitation, meeting and initiative support. We capitalize on our successful convenings of peer groups (executive directors, resource development professionals, volunteer coordinators and social service providers) for ongoing shared learning, problem solving, and relationship-building.

For more than 80 years, Heart of Maine United Way (HoMEUW) has worked in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties to improve the lives of people in the heart of Maine by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. Today, we are the largest private funder of health and human service agencies in the five-county area. Over the past five years we have provided over $8.1 million in grants to nearly 60 non-profit agencies working throughout our service area.

While grant making will always be a core function of HoMEUW, we have also expanded to provide leadership for collaborative initiatives and to strengthen volunteerism among community members. These activities bring together human, financial, and strategic resources to help create the building blocks for a better life. Over the last year Heart of Maine United Way and our partners provided assistance to over 60,000 people. 1 in 4 people in the Heart of Maine.

We are seeing measurable results from our partners and want to ensure results are being measured consistently across programs to improve our ability to communicate those results. The Opportunity 2028 Evaluation Framework is the tool we utilize to measure grantees and HoMEUW initiatives.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Heart of Maine United Way

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Erin Barry

Means Wealth Management

Term: 2022 - 2024

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Wendy Durrah

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Sue Mackey Andrews

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Matt Dexter

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Debbie Laurie

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Deb Sanford

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Paige Wilcox

Wilcox Wellness & Fitness

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 3/8/2022

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

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

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.