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United Way of Southwest Colorado

Durango, CO   |  www.unitedway-swco.org

Mission

United Way of Southwest Colorado strives to positively impact the community by supporting local agencies and programs that promote education, healthy lifestyles and self-reliance.

Ruling year info

1971

Principal Officer

Lynn Urban

Main address

PO Box 3040

Durango, CO 81302 USA

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EIN

23-7113221

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC)

The Community Emergency Assistance Coalition is a collaborative effort between United Way of Southwest Colorado, The Salvation Army in La Plata County, La Plata County Department of Human Services, La Plata Electric Round-up Foundation, and Housing Solutions for the Southwest. Each of these organizations contributes financial resources and/or staff time and expertise to help people who face financial emergencies. United Way of Southwest Colorado contributes funds to help those in need, as well as donates staff time to serve as the fiscal agent for this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Pagosa Outreach Connection is a partnership of individuals and organizations that
provide emergency assistance to people in need.  Our goal is to empower people and
families to move toward independence and self‐sufficiency, offering, not a hand out, but
a helping hand.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A Cradle-to-Career Collective Impact project is a regional collaborative with a mission to provide a full system of support to every child in the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults

Help spread the word - you can call 2-1-1 from any phone in southwest Colorado and receive assistance from a live referral specialist. These specialists can help to identify options such as child care, housing, tax assistance, emergency assistance, healthcare, transportation, education, and so much more! The service is free and confidential. 2-1-1 is also often called into extended service during disasters to provide non-emergency, yet important information for people who need it. You can also click on our "Find Help" button above or visit 211.org 24 hours per day to access our extensive list of resources.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

General/Unspecified

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

United Way of Southwest Colorado (partnered with United Way Worldwide) initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:<br/><br/>1. Improve education<br/>2. Help people achieve financial stability<br/>3. Promote healthy lives

In order to improve education, our goal is to cut the number of high school dropouts. High school dropouts are 12 years in the making, usually starting early childhood education behind schedule. United Way's model focuses on supportive communities, effective schools and strong families — strategies and approaches rooted in research. Tackling the education challenge requires reframing education on a birth to 21 continuum.<br/><br/>We want to help people achieve financial stability and get 1.9 million working families (half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable) on the road to economic independence. To address the obstacles that prevent hard working families from getting ahead financially, we launched the Financial Stability Partnership™, an initiative that promotes community-change strategies to help families meet their basic needs, while gaining the financial capability to plan for, and accomplish, their long-term financial goals. Over 300 United Ways and their local community partners are engaged in activities and initiatives to help build the financial stability of families in their communities. <br/><br/>We want to promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors. Achieving our goal requires us all to become more aware of health risks and the potential effects they have on ourselves and others, starting from before birth. Working to change policies and practices, such as extending health care coverage, will enable more people to live healthier lives.

By utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we firmly believe that we can achieve our goals.

Community Partner Agencies are pre-qualified to be the recipients of donations made to United Way of Southwest Colorado. Indicators that our goals are being achieved are reflected in their efforts that positively impact our local community.

We continually monitor our progress by meeting with our partners on a regular basis with regard to the community impact projects and goals.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way of Southwest Colorado

Board of directors
as of 4/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gigi Baty

Western School of Banking

Term: 2017 - 2019

Ward Holmes

Four Corners Broadcasting

Laura Lewis-Marchino

Region 9 Economic Development

Vaughn Morris

Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County

Jarrod Nixon

Coldwell Banker

Lindsay Nyquist

Fort Lewis College

Jay Wood

Southwest HealthNet

Lizette Langefels

Animas Surgical Hospital

Steve Brittain

La Plata Youth Services

Brandie Flann

Bank of the San Juans

Shane Dawson

Elevation Realty

Kathrine McClenny

TBK Bank

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? Yes

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