Monadnock United Way

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aka Monadnock United Way   |   Keene, NH   |  www.muw.org

Mission

Founded in 1952, the Monadnock United Way is an autonomous and independent organization governed by a Board of community members. Our accountability is to our local donors and volunteers. Although the Monadnock United Way is best known for conducting an annual campaign which provides funding for needed services to people in the region, community building represents an equally major effort. Monadnock United Way collaborates with a variety of partners to help identify and address emerging issues and specific human service needs. These partners include social service providers, foundations, local government, education and the medical community.

Ruling year info

1952

President

Liz LaRose

Main address

23 Center St

Keene, NH 03431 USA

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Formerly known as

Keene Community Chest

EIN

02-0236885

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For more than 65 years, Monadnock United Way has been committed to creating better lives for all in our region. Our five-year strategic plan provides a roadmap for investing in our community. Together, we will create lasting change by supporting strategies that are innovative, promising and measurable. Historically, we have invested in programs. Today, we begin a new way of investing — by focusing on issues such as child neglect, lack of education and the need for living wages — while helping to ensure that foundational needs, such as food and shelter, are available for those in need.

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?

Impact Monadnock

Impact Monadnock is the community-led impact initiative of Monadnock United Way dedicated to supporting the region’s young children and families.

Impact Monadnock was founded in 2015. It merged with Monadnock United Way (MUW) on July 18, 2017. Impact Monadnock was created in response to research indicating that increasing support for early childhood development can have a powerful impact on the region’s long-term success in areas as broad as child well-being and the ability to graduate and earn a living in this region.

With the strength of Impact Monadnock’s strategies and outreach, our mission is to prepare children age 0-5 for academic, career and life success. It is critical that young children are given the opportunity to learn at an early age. The importance of preschool in developing social, emotional, cognitive and speech skills is well-documented; those that have these learning opportunities are more likely to succeed in life, and become a vital part of their community’s success.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

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.

Number of organizations applying for grants

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

4 of our funded collectives represent 21 agencies or programs.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We unite people from all sectors of the Monadnock Region to solve problems in our community. We believe that when we work together, we make all our region’s communities stronger. The problems challenging us are complex; they are issues that no single organization or individual alone can solve.

Monadnock United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. United Way has the networks, partnerships and strategic initiatives to improve the lives of our family, friends and neighbors.

Real change is possible when nonprofit, public and private sectors team up to work together. Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us.

We invest strategically in programs and collective initiatives we believe will achieve specific outcomes in our three focus areas: Children, Education and Financial Stability. In addition to the focus areas, MUW invests in programs that meet the basic needs of community members: food, shelter, heat and transportation.

We invite individual agencies and collective initiatives that align with one or more of our focus areas to submit funding proposals. Funding recommendations are made by our Investment Review Teams — groups of volunteers who spend more than 100 hours each year reviewing, analyzing and evaluating all grant applications for the most effective and promising solutions that support our focus areas.

We also directly fund Impact Monadnock, MUW’s signature early childhood initiative focused on children 0-5 and their families.

All our investments must align with the vision outlined in our community-backed strategic plan, and must be approved by our Board of Directors. The vision for each focus area is as follows:

Children: Community children live in safe, nurturing, healthy homes and communities.
Education: Community members receive an education that enables them to achieve their fullest potential.
Financial stability: Community members have the financial resources they need to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Key internal resources and capabilities include: staff, campaign and grant revenue, office space, technology, leadership and expertise.

Key external resources and capabilities include: networks of partnerships with local non-profits, foundations/philanthropic organizations, businesses, volunteers, academic institutions, policymakers and advocates for community well-being.

MUW invests in experienced staff with specialties in resource development, community impact, volunteerism and communications. Each year, MUW's dynamic resource development team raises funds through a community campaign, foundation support, grants and other opportunities. MUW's community impact team manages an annual request for proposals process for human service non-profits seeking funding; the team engages and manages community volunteers who review funding proposals and make investment recommendations. Over MUW's history, it has continually refined and strengthened its resource development and allocations practices and processes to both meet community needs and increase the organization's efficiencies.

Each year, MUW-funded programs impact the lives of thousands of citizens in need.

Here is a snapshot of some of the 2018 accomplishments of MUW and its partners:
- Connected about 1,200 families to support services to improve their parenting skills
- Helped build literacy skills in children through more than 2,500 hours of tutoring by local volunteers
- Provided developmental, social and emotional screenings for more than 200 babies and young children
- Distributed meals to more than 3,300 Monadnock region residents in need
- Provided critical transportation services to more than 500 seniors and people with disabilities
- Assisted 420 children and families with scholarships for access to childcare and mental health programs

MUW seeks to grow the impact of its funded partners by supporting system-building collaborations and increased efficiencies across the region's non-profits.

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.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • 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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Monadnock United Way

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ben Wheeler

Board leadership practices

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2021,

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