Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

UNITED WAY OF KENNEBEC VALLEY

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Augusta, ME   |  www.uwkv.org

Mission

To serve the community by identifying human care needs, raising and allocating funds to meet those needs and encouraging volunteers to participate in community service.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Courtney Yeager

Main address

121 Commercial Street

Augusta, ME 04330 USA

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EIN

01-6004404

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The United Way of Kennebec Valley is a nonprofit organization serving 20 communities in Southern Kennebec County. Of the 121,112 people living in Kennebec County, 13.8% live at or below the poverty line. Donations to United Way of Kennebec Valley directly support 30% of the Kennebec Valley population. United Way partners with 51 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges in our communities. United Way strives to support programs that help people access basic needs, obtain health care services, achieve financial stability, and fund youth/education programs.

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?

Community Care Fund

When you support United Way's Community Care Fund, you help address our community's most pressing needs so that every person has a chance to enjoy the highest possible quality of life. This program enables you to invest in basic needs, health care, financial stability and education/youth.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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
Related Program

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nonprofit programs apply to United Way for funding on an annual or biannual basis. United Way actively encourages local nonprofits to apply for funding for the first time or continue the partnership.

Estimated number of new funding sources secured for the sector

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

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Way staff and volunteers actively seek new business partnerships each year to grow the revenue base.

Number of first-time donors

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

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New donors are key to continuously growing United Way's campaign.

Average number of dollars given by new donors

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

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents the number of people helped by nonprofit programs that United Way directly supports. When United Way raises more money, it can help more programs and local people.

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

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

Community Care Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Way raises funds from individuals, businesses, and foundations. The more money United Way raises, the more it can fund partner programs.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

United Way partners with 51 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges in our communities. Since 1955, the United Way of Kennebec Valley has been combining forces with Kennebec Valley nonprofits, companies, government agencies and individual donors to address our area's most pressing needs. More than 22,700 Kennebec Valley people were helped by United Way programs and initiatives in the last year.

United Way raises money from community members and corporations/businesses to support 51 nonprofit programs in Kennebec Valley. United Way's strategy is to invest raised funds in four priority areas: health care, basic needs, youth/education, and financial stability. Each year, a volunteer-led Allocations Committee determines how funds will be distributed to nonprofit programs that are in good standing with United Way. United Way requests that all nonprofit programs submit annual or biennial applications for funding, receive a site visit for review, and make a presentation to the Allocations Committee. This process ensures that money donated to United Way is spent in the most effective manner to support vital causes in the Kennebec Valley.

United Way of Kennebec Valley has a very strong Board of Directors, comprised of individuals from virtually every sector of the community. The Board guides United Way's overall work, which is supported by a staff of three full-time employees and one part-time employee. United Way has been in operation since 1955, during which time it has grown its fundraising capacity to $1.7 million annually. The positive trend of a growing campaign continues: in 2019, United Way raised the most money it has ever collected to distribute to its 51 partner programs. Collectively, staff have more than 80 years of experience in the nonprofit field.

United Way measures progress in a variety of ways. One of our largest indicators of progress is the amount of money that we raise in a given campaign cycle, which impacts the dollars we are able to use to support community programs. Each year, we collect data from our 51 partner programs to determine how many local people have been helped with the direct support of United Way. This data also indicates how many people were helped based on town of residence. In addition, we gauge our progress based on how many new partner programs we can accept each year as applications are received. When we increase our fundraising dollars, we are able to consider new applications for nonprofit membership.

In 2020, we will raise the most money that we have ever raised in support of our 51 partner programs. We are certainly progressing as a nonprofit organization and are exploring new business partnerships at all times. In 2019, we added three new partner programs as United Way member organizations: an arts-based after school program at Snow Pond Center for the Arts, Foster Grandparent program with Penquis and Capital Area New Mainers Project.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.).

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our community partners.

Financials

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Operations

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

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UNITED WAY OF KENNEBEC VALLEY

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maria Hays

Central Maine Community College

Term: 2018 - 2020

Greg Boyd

Alternative Manufacturing

Scott Fossett

A Partner in Technology

Sue Grenier

G&E Roofing

Maria Hays

Central Maine Community College

Lesley Jones

City of Augusta

Karen Kearney

Laflin & Wolfington Realty

Robbi Lockhart

EJ Prescott Company

Bruce Osborne

State of Maine

Chris Russell

G&E Roofing

Jenny Small

Community Volunteer

Amy Tardiff

J.S. McCarthy Printers

Jessica Norton

Kennebec Savings Bank

Sue Clary

Central Maine Power

Katie Doherty

Kennebec Valley Chamber

Joe Lajoie

Lajoie Brothers

Eric Lind

Community Volunteer

Pam Rogers

Cross Insurance

Barbara Sweezy

TD Bank

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/02/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Keywords

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