UNITED WAY OF KENNEBEC VALLEY

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Augusta, ME   |  www.uwkv.org

Mission

United Way of Kennebec Valley unites people and resources to improve lives in our community.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Courtney Yeager

Main address

121 Commercial Street

Augusta, ME 04330 USA

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EIN

01-6004404

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

Blog

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 50 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 health, education and financial stability.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity
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.

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

Adults

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.

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.

United Way partners with 50 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 24,000 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 50 nonprofit programs in Kennebec Valley. United Way's strategy is to invest raised funds in three priority areas: health, 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 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 four full-time employees. United Way has been in operation since 1955, during which time it has grown its fundraising capacity to nearly $1.7 million annually.

In 2021, we are on track to raise the most money that we have ever raised in support of our 50 partner programs. We are certainly progressing as a nonprofit organization and are exploring new business partnerships at all times.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

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 3/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Tardiff

J.S. McCarthy Printers

Term: 2020 - 2021

Maria Hays

Central Maine Community College

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

Nathan Curtis

Gagnon Dental

Chris Voynik

Laflin & Wolfington

Jennifer Jacques

G&E Roofing

Paula Lacasse

Augusta Fuel Company

Alissa Boynton

Maine Family Planning

Nona Boyink

Community Volunteer

Mike Santo

Wipfli

Stephen Cooper

EJ Prescott

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 03/16/2021

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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2021

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Data
  • 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 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 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 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.