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CAPE AND ISLANDS UNITED WAY

Changing lives and building stronger communities -- TOGETHER!

aka Cape Cod United Way   |   Hyannis, MA   |  www.uwcapecod.org

Mission

Improving lives, strengthening communities and creating lasting change on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

Ruling year info

1989

President & CEO

Mark Skala

Main address

P.O. Box 2161

Hyannis, MA 02601 USA

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EIN

04-2271714

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Cape and Islands United Way is leading social impact in the region. We do two things: address emergency situations for local residents to keep them from falling "into the system"; and lead collaborative efforts to develop long-term solutions to the challenges faced by our communities. The current community challenges we are working collectively to solve include: substance abuse; poverty; Achievement Gap; housing crises; family financial sustainability; and a sufficient infrastructure to support the needs of our growing elder population.

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?

MA 211

The Cape and Islands United Way sponsors MASS 2-1-1 for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. This is a 24/7 information hotline that provides referrals and resources for those in need of help.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Cape Cod Volunteers is a volunteer matching service provided by the Cape and Islands United Way. Through an online platform at capecodvolunteers.org, volunteers can search for volunteer opportunities that are posted there by local nonprofit organizations. The Cape Cod Volunteers brand is also used to promote the value of volunteerism to our community and economy and encourage best practices in volunteer management.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Strong from the Start is a community-wide initiative, led by the Cape and Islands United Way, designed to connect parents and care-givers with the tools, resources, and support they need to ensure our children have the social, emotional, and language skills needed to thrive. Strong from the Start Goals:
1. Reduce the Achievement Gap
2. Create an eco-system of support, care and connection for parents of young children
3. Promote positive social and emotional development of children ages birth to three

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

This community-wide initiative, led in part by the Cape and Islands United Way, brings together agencies and organizations that serve the elderly to envision a comprehensive, integrated continuum of services and supports for the region's elderly population, which will soon exceed one-third of our total population.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

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 coalition meetings

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

Infants and toddlers, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Strong from the Start

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community initiatives in which the organization participates

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

1. Lead social impact in the region. 2. Encourage and facilitate collaboration to solve social problems. 3. Coordinate efforts to keep families from falling "into the system" 4. Create an integrated continuum of services that are accessible to local residents. 5. Strengthen the ability of our nonprofit partners to address the needs of their constituents. 6. Nurture nonprofit leadership, both professional and volunteer. 7. Encourage volunteerism through Cape Cod Volunteers.

Our Community Impact Council is charged with developing and managing our social impact strategies in the form of our “Results Framework." The Council includes community leaders with specific expertise in health, education, financial stability and housing -- our focus areas -- as well as in outcomes, research and law enforcement. They are responsible for monitoring our impact in light of current community conditions and are supported by our Director of Community Impact.

The Results Framework articulates the overarching result of “Safe, diverse and viable local communities where families and individuals thrive." Within the framework, there are four focus areas, each with it's own goal as follows: HEALTH -- Strong and resilient families; EDUCATION -- successful children and youth; FINANCIAL STABILITY -- Self-reliant individuals and families; and HOUSING -- Affordable and accessible housing. The four focus areas each have three to four strategies that have been identified by the Council as the best investment the Cape and Islands United Way can make to achieve the stated goals. These strategies are reviewed annually and updated to reflect community conditions. The Results Framework provides the foundation for grant-making and partnerships.
Specific program initiatives and collaborations are undertaken by the Cape and Islands United Way as unmet needs and leadership gaps are identified. Current initiatives include Strong from the Start, a community-wide collaboration to support parents and care-givers to ensure s strong start for children 0 to 3; Age-Friendly Cape Cod, a community-wide initiative to identify priority issues and gaps in services for our growing elder population; and the Prevention Partnership, the United Way's partnership with local treatment center Gosnold of Cape Cod to encourage grass-roots prevention efforts on the town level.

The Cape and Islands United Way has a small but mighty staff and is supported by a wide-network of community leaders, passionate volunteers, and social service partners. Our President & CEO has served the regional nonprofit community in leadership positions for more than 25 years and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She serves on the board of the Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands, the Regional Homeless Network Policy Board and Executive Committee, and is a member of various collaborative groups including the Martha's Vineyard Network on Homeless Prevention, and the Cape and Islands Partnership for Nonprofit Advancement. Together, with the Director of Community Impact, she leads the Strong from the Start Advisory Council.

Our Director of Community Impact is a licensed social worker (LICSW) with years of experience working with state, federal and local agencies on issues such as child and family welfare, domestic violence and substance abuse. She is adjunct faculty for the Simmons College School of Social Work and is a reviewer for the Department of Child and Family Services. She co-chairs the Age-Friendly Cape Cod initiative and serves on the following regional committees: Regional Substance Abuse Council; Coordinated Entry Steering Committee, and the Barnstable County Committee on Family Homelessness.

Together these two organizational leaders, supported by a Community Relations Coordinator and a part-time Administrator, are deeply connected to the social service needs and providers in the region.

The Cape and Islands United Way Board of Directors brings passion, networks, and expertise to the organization. With high-level community leaders and dedicated philanthropists serving on the board, they are able to leverage time, talent and treasure to fuel social impact work.
The Community Impact Council is the group charged with identifying community needs, leveraging investments, and ensuring that strategies are working. This Council includes educators, funders, human service leaders, health care, law enforcement, and dedicated community volunteers. Together, the Council provides an overview of needs and services – and how they are or are not being met – which greatly informs and enhances the work of the organization.

Over the past three years, the Cape and Islands United Way has turned a battleship in a river! We've gone from an outdated, volunteer-driven investment model to an organization that is truly leading social change in the region. We bring partners to the table, foster solutions, and encourage measurement and accountability. We strive to practice outstanding stewardship of our donors, nurture our nonprofit partnerships, and leverage the United Way brand to serve our local community in the most relevant and impactful way possible. Our ultimate hope is to cultivate strong children, strong families, and strong communities that care for each other.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CAPE AND ISLANDS UNITED WAY

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Donna Morris

RPM Carpets and Floorcoverings

Term: 2016 - 2018

J. Richard Fairbanks

Orleans Auto Supply

Shawn Delude

Nauset Disposal

John Kenney

Attorney

Rana Murphy

Eastern Bank

Beverly Tilden

Raevis Real Estate

Kim Lucas

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Gregory Bilezikian

DEI

Brian Griffin

Rockland Trust

Kevin Howard

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank

Larry Bigelow

Christine Eosco

Tammy Glivinski

Glivinski and Associates

Todd Machnik

Today Real Estate

Norma Schmidt

Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod

Carrie Wood

Merrill Lynch

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