Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

UNITED WAY OF PASSAIC COUNTY

Paterson, NJ

Mission

UNITED WAY OF PASSAIC COUNTY IMPROVES THE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN PASSAIC COUNTY BY MOBILIZING THE CARING POWER OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE ACCOMPLISH THIS BY MOBILIZING CARING INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS TO GIVE, ADVOCATE, AND VOLUNTEER FOR OUR CAUSE IN PASSAIC COUNTY. WE IMPROVE LIVES BY FOCUSING ON THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A GOOD LIFE: GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION, ADOPTING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND HAVING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, AND HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A SUSTAINABLE WAGE.

Ruling Year

1966

President & CEO

Yvonne Zuidema

Main Address

Center City Mall 301 Main St

Paterson, NJ 7505 USA

Keywords

voluntarism

EIN

22-6070498

 Number

2901973178

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

United Way of Passaic County improves the lives of people in Passaic County, and we focus on addressing communities in greatest need. We seek to lower the number of people living in poverty and increase the personal financial stability of individuals and families. We also seek to increase quality of life in our communities, by focusing on creating healthy families and neighborhoods. We believe that improving education outcomes and degree attainment ultimate leads to healthier, wealthier lives.

Our programs

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

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Paterson Readers

Financial Empowerment Zone

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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

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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 and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goals are to: • Increase children reading on grade level (children who read at grade level by 3rd grade, are more likely to graduate high school) • Increase students who graduate high school and enroll in college of any type (community, 4-year, trade school) • Increase families who are financially stable • Increase access to healthy, affordable food • Create healthy, safe neighborhoods These are the community’s goals; United Way is here to help them come to life.

Maximize nonprofit capacity through partnerships and collaboration. Mobilize community resources – specifically donations, volunteers, expertise. Provide community leadership for setting goals, agendas and project plans. Advocate for local, state and national policies that support the community goals. Implement evidence-based programs and services to address unmet needs.

United Way of Passaic County's capabilities include human capital, intellectual capital, and partnerships. Human capital resources include professional staff and volunteers. Our professional staff includes key personnel with master's degrees and several years of professional experience. We also utilize over 400 volunteers per year. For each of its program areas, United Way of Passaic County implements evidence-based, research-backed programming. We utilize a theory of change for each program goal and follow best practices for all program strategies. United Way of Passaic County's work is delivered in partnership with with community organizations, faith-based groups, education institutions and others. These partnerships form a foundation of our capacity to change community conditions in Passaic County.

To help us track our progress on getting children to read on grade level, we monitor: # of children served receiving literacy support, # of children assessed for reading level, # of children served reading at grade level. To help us track our progress on increasing students who graduate high school and enroll in college of any type, we monitor: # of youth who complete a FAFSA, # of youth who enroll in college or trade school. To help us track our progress on Increasing families who are financially stable, we monitor: # of individuals who receive free income tax assistance, total dollar amount of tax refunds returned to families receiving income tax assistance, # of individuals who participate in financial education. To help us track our progress on increasing access to healthy, affordable food, we monitor: # of individuals participating in physical activity and/or healthy food access/nutrition programs, # of policies promoted, enacted or modified to promote health. To help us track our progress on creating healthy, safe neighborhoods, we monitor: # of individuals participating in community safety meetings, # of policies promoted, enacted or modified to promote health.

In 2017 United Way of Passaic County helped 125 children grades 1-3 read at grade level. 660 volunteer hours were put toward this effort. Since the inception of the Financial Aid U program, United Way of Passaic County has helped 1,800 high school seniors submit FAFSA forms. In 2017 we prepared and filed more than 1,000 personal tax returns for working families, returning over $1,000,000 in refunds that were used to increase personal financial stability. 637 children participated in physical activity and nutrition education activities in 2017. The number of children in Paterson able to access healthy meals during the summer increased by 25% from 2016 to 2017.

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Financials

UNITED WAY OF PASSAIC COUNTY

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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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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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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