Public, Society Benefit

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

LIVE UNITED

aka United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Boston, MA

Mission

We unite people to create change that lasts.

Ruling Year

1965

Principal Officer

Mr. Michael K. Durkin

Main Address

51 Sleeper Street

Boston, MA 02210 USA

Formerly Known As

United Way of Massachusetts Bay

United Way of Greater Seacoast

Keywords

United Way, United, Way, Massachusetts, Bay, Seacoast, Merrimack Valley, volunteer, human, health, Greater, Boston, early childhood, youth development, homelessness,, basic needs

EIN

04-2382233

 Number

8447784027

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

anthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations NEC (Phi)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We focus on improving two foundations of better lives: Financial Opportunity and Educational Success. We are dedicated to ensuring that all individuals and families have safe housing, healthy food, quality child care and earn enough to support themselves. We fund and support job training, job placement and financial coaching for those wishing to improve their situation and build a better future. We work to ensure that children enter school ready to learn, get the support they need to stay in school and graduate, and are prepared for their future.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Healthy Child Development

Increasing Youth Opportunities

Family Financial Stability

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children who have the ability to use eye-hand coordination, strength, and motor control to use age-appropriate tools and utensils effectively

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Through our DRIVE initiative, we screened more than 6,200 children ages 0-5 for developmental milestones. Among children re-screened after one year, more than 65% progressed.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Through our BoSTEM partnership with Boston Public Schools, we have served 1,400 middle school students to date, and 89% report an increased interest in STEM subjects.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

13,100 families obtained safe. affordable housing or were stabilized to avoid homelessness.

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

United Way provides emergency financial assistance to families in need for food, rent and utilities through a network of community-based organizations.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is taking on some of the biggest challenges of our region: reducing homelessness, preventing high school dropout, giving every child a chance for school success and empowering families to lift themselves out of poverty. Each area presents an opportunity for philanthropic investment that will produce a significant social return.

Utilizing innovative approaches and the latest research, we invest when, where and how every dollar can do the most good. By seeding successful new models and leveraging a performance-based funding strategy, we have actually improved how public and private dollars are spent. United Way supports the work of more than 200 innovative partner agencies. Some are household names. Many are lesser-known community-based organizations such as food banks, early education centers, job training and youth programs. We unite a powerful network of best-in-class partners around a unified vision for children, youth and families.

No other organization brings together the passion, know-how and resources of thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and government around a unified vision for our region's children, youth and families. Our funding strategy is rooted in researching best practices, vetting partner organizations, developing organizations' capacity to deliver the most effective programs, aligning partner organizations to scale the impact that individual organizations can achieve and developing strategies for lasting change.

Our staff consistently and constantly tracks measures from agencies. Those that receive allocations are required to submit reports twice a year to show they are hitting their targets, measures that fit into United Way's larger community investment strategy. The results will show the progress we are making; we owe nothing less to our donors, our partners and those in the communities we serve.

The numbers speak for themselves: 4,000 CHILDREN will enter kindergarten more ready to learn and grow. 24,000 YOUTH will be more likely to graduate high school and succeed. 9,400 FAMILIES are successfully housed and avoided being homeless. What hasn't been accomplished? Admittedly, much, but that's because United Way aims for nothing less than seeing everyone achieve self-sustaining success. As we develop more intricate and far-reaching strategies like collective impact, we hope to see whole communities come together (with us as the catalyst) working towards a common vision. Our work will continue as long as there is need.

External Reviews

Financials

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/05/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data