United Way of New York State

aka United Way of New York State   |   Latham, NY   |  https://www.uwnys.org

Mission

Bringing United Ways together to improve the lives of all New Yorkers by: * Enhancing services and programs to strengthen the capacity of local United Ways to be effective community leaders. * Becoming New York State's most effective advocate for public policies that maximize the positive community impact of the state's United Way organizations. * Effectively communicating the established reputation of United Way of New York State as a significant New York State resource * Having a solid financial infrastructure with diversified revenue streams. * Being a model organization demonstrating the highest standards of the not for profit sector and United Way stewardship of the public trust.

Ruling year info

1991

President & CEO

Mr. Hugh H. Parry

Main address

800 Troy-Schenectady Rd.

Latham, NY 12110-2424 USA

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EIN

14-1705108

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (Y02)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Y05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way of New York State's goal is to strengthen our member's effectiveness at impacting change in their communities all across New York State. For 2-1-1 New York, the problem is that people in need of help often don't know where to turn. They spend precious time making calls that result in dead ends. Or worse, they go without services that could help them, because they didn't know where to find them. For ALICE NY There is a general lack of awareness, visibility and understanding about a huge but hidden segment of our community that is struggling to afford basic necessities. The success of a community is directly related to the financial stability of its members. The Federal Poverty Level is an accepted level of measure for financial stability, but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

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?

Membership Support Services

Leadership development, training, technical assistance to local United Ways and strategic alliances.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Membership Certified by United Way WorldWide 2021

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 website pageviews

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Consists of the number of views to UnitedForALICE.org/New-York. New York has the highest web traffic of any of the states engaged in the National ALICE project.

Number of briefings or presentations held

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

Context Notes

Number of presentations given by staff of UWNYS about ALICE NY at statewide, regional or local events. Two-year project means every other year will have higher results correlated to launch.

Number of programs documented

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

Context Notes

Number of health and human services programs (which we refer to as resources) cataloged by the 2-1-1 Network in NYS.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of survey respondents who indicate they would recommend membership in UWNYS to their peers.

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.

Our goal is to have vibrant, effective United Ways serving the state of New York.

Our goal with 2-1-1 is to provide accurate, up-to-date referrals for services that people are looking for in their communities.

Our goal for ALICE is to increase the number of households in New York that are above the household survival budget level.

UWNYS strives to meet our goals in the following ways:

Public Policy and Advocacy:
We advocate for inclusion of 2-1-1 New York in the NYS executive budget each year, to provide the baseline third of the system-wide funding required to operate 24/7/365 statewide.
We partner with effective entities to advocate for expansion of Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits to strenthen the financial stability of hard working New Yorkers, and the mitigate against children in poverty.
We support efforts to expand access to child care and early childhood supports to improve the wellbeing of children ages 0-5 in NYS.

ALICE NY Convening:
We procure a data study from the National ALICE project, and coordinate a steering committee, research advisory committee and marketing committee to leverage this resource.
We engage local United Ways in learning and sharing opportunities to make further impact in reducing the number of ALICE households in NY.
We present the data at statewide, regional and local events to raise awareness and engage collaborations around these goals.

Training and Technical Assistance
We provide ongoing training and TA to members to strengthen their work.
We coordinate an annual conference to showcase best practices, build the network resiliency and move local United Ways along stronger business models.

UWNYS has two professional staff leading the work on behalf of our members. Mary Shaheen has 26+ years with United Way of New York State and oversaw the development of 2-1-1 New York from an information and referral task force. Brenda Episcopo brings 20+ years of non-profit experience, and former leadership of a local United Way to her lense of assisting members.

With $1.25M from the state of New York each year, we are able to engage one third of the funding required for the network to operate 211 statewide 24/7/365. We have a strong network of 10 lead organizations and 8 contact centers operating this work. 2-1-1 NY Board oversees the efforts and strategic plans for the future.

With investments from local United Ways and other partners, we are able to engage the ALICE data report. Our steering committee, marketing committee and research advisory committee ensure accuracy and ability to leverage this data.

Our board of directors is comprised of members and non-members and engages in the goals of the organization.

As a membership organization, UWNYS will always have a role in moving the work of United Ways forward.

One big accomplishment was obtaining 24/7/365 statewide coverage by 2-1-1 in 2017. Next, we are working toward a statewide platform that brings together the data of 10 lead organizations and 8 contact centers.

An accomplishment in measuring financial wellbeing of New Yorkers was the engagement in ALICE. Next, we will launch an updated report, enhanced interactive website, election guide, social media guide and mapping of facilities and indicators of well being in July 2020.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way of New York State

Board of directors
as of 06/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Gorman

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2023

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? Not applicable
  • 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 6/29/2022

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/06/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.