United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.uwswpa.org

Mission

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, serving Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Fayette and Westmoreland counties, leads and mobilizes the caring power of individuals, the business community and organizations to help local people in need measurably improve their lives, creating long-lasting change for the betterment of our community.

Ruling year info

1957

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Bobbi Watt Geer

Main address

1250 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of Allegheny County

EIN

25-1043578

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

ntarism Promotion (Pol)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The effects of COVID-19 demanded that we focus even more sharply on understanding and responding to the needs of our community. Our network of corporate partners, agencies, foundations, donors and volunteers were challenged like never before. Together, we listened, learned, and utilized our ongoing access to a wealth of data to provide new insights that have shaped a more refined strategic approach to meeting basic needs and forging innovative solutions to age-old problems. Moving forward, United Way’s Impact Fund will remain focused on serving vulnerable populations by meeting basic needs, moving to financial stability, and building for success in school and life. We will promote equity across race, gender and ability and foster innovate solutions to age-old problems to create positive change for those in need.

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?

Building for Success in School and Life

United Way is addressing disparities in educational opportunities-including disparities that often fall along racial lines--from early childhood through school years to help young people become successful adults.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

United Way is connecting people at times of crisis with immediate, essential human needs such as shelter, safety and food.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth
Seniors
People with disabilities

United Way is creating a path to a more financially secure future with practical tools for working families and individuals so they can overcome short-term instability and provide for themselves and their family long term.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Adults
Families

PA 211 Southwest is part of the national 211 initiative that seeks to provide an easy-to-remember telephone number, chat, text, and web resource for finding health and human services for everyday needs. Launched in 2012, PA 211 Southwest now serves 13 counties (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland) and houses the most comprehensive, up-to-date database of health and human services resources in the region. Powered by United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, with the support of local companies, foundations, county government and provider agencies, 211 is committed to making sure that important local resources are easily accessible 24/7 when it is needed most. Last year, from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, 211 responded to 260,726 requests for critical needs through 2-1-1 (including food, COVID-19 information, housing, and utility assistance) - a 78% increase over the previous year.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Seniors
Veterans
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2010

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 children who receive the help they need to succeed in school and in life.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Building for Success in School and Life

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of financlly struggling families who receive basic needs support to prevent hunger and homelessness.

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

Adults

Related Program

Meeting Basic Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people with disabilities and their families who receive the support needed to live with greater independence

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

Caregivers, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of seniors and their families who receive the support they need to allow older loved onest to age in place with dignity

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

Seniors, Caregivers

Related Program

Moving Towards Financial Stability

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families who receive help meeting their basic needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

PA 2-1-1 Southwest

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, PA 211 Southwest connected 117,000 individuals to resources to help them meet their basic needs through phone, text, and chat. An additional 120,000 people visited the 211 website.

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.

This past year, change came at us from every direction. It changed the way we all work, the way we interacted, and the way we thought about racial inequality in our society. What hasn't changed is that people continue to struggle with basic needs and to find a path to a more sustainable, meaningful life. The Impact Fund is the key to the flexibility, speed, and scale of United Way’s work in the community. It is how we are able to support the daily operations and innovative special projects of hundreds of local nonprofits, and how we can quickly mobilize cross-sector responses to crises, like the coronavirus pandemic. The goals of the Impact Fund are to help people in Southwestern PA with:

1. Meeting Basic Needs: Connecting people at times of crisis with immediate, essential human needs such as shelter, safety and food.
2. Moving Toward Financial Stability: Creating a path to a more financially secure future with practical tools for working families and individuals so they can overcome short-term instability and provide for themselves and their family long term.
3. Building for Success in School and Life: Addressing disparities in educational opportunities-including disparities that often fall along racial lines--from early childhood through school years to help young people become successful adults.

By promoting equity across race, gender and ability and fostering innovative solutions to age-old problems, United Way’s Impact Fund helps create positive change for those in need.

United Way of Southwestern PA continues to rise to the challenge of helping our vulnerable neighbors meet their basic needs. Every day, United Way:
1. CONVENES community leaders and creates partnerships to identify and tackle tough issues;
2. PROMOTES accountability and transparency from ourselves and all our agency partners, providing measurable results and working tirelessly to advance racial, gender and ability equity;
3. INNOVATES and challenges assumptions on root causes and their solutions, including launching bold programs that can yield large, scalable results;
4. COLLABORATES by bringing together volunteers, donors, partner agencies, and local governments to forge holistic approaches to addressing human needs with high efficiency and minimal redundancy;
5. INVESTS in preventative strategies that help people – before a short-term situation becomes a devastating crisis;
6. ENGAGES and sustains a diverse community of donors and advocates, whose support fuels our efforts and whose voices have the power to shape public opinion and create systemic change; and
7. MOBILIZES a growing number of passionate volunteers throughout our entire region who are integral to implementing solutions and provide an essential human touch to our efforts.

These guiding principles drive United Way’s efforts to bring together corporate, government, and community service agencies to rally during difficult times. We will maintain a sharp focus on issues that will help raise our community back to economic stability such as employment, education, advocating for policies that help our neighbors get back on their feet, and tackling the racial, social and economic inequalities that existed before COVID-19, but have worsened—using these extraordinary times as an opportunity to drive change.

United Way is uniquely prepared to act alongside our century-built network of non-profit agencies, government, volunteers, businesses, individual donors, and foundations to respond to large-scale community challenges and move towards real change. United Way’s Impact Fund allows us to be flexible and move quickly to address our community’s most pressing needs. We work in collaboration with community partners and support innovative advocacy to drive change in the community.

United Way is an effective community fundraiser that brings together individuals and their families, executives and their employees, local leaders and their communities to rise to the challenge of helping our neighbors meet their basic needs in Southwestern PA. Sustainability for United Way of Southwestern PA’s programs, services, and investments is leveraged through the power of 60,000 donors, thousands of volunteers, and more than 700 workplace campaigns. Last year, United Way raised $43 million - $9 million in crisis response – to support our neighbors in Southwestern PA.

In March 2020, all operations at United Way quickly shifted to respond to the urgent needs in our community exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. By leveraging our deep community connections and mobilizing partners across local government, agencies, corporations, and donors, we united critical community partners and created innovative solutions to deliver immediate relief to our most vulnerable neighbors. Last year, we invested more than $37 million in our community to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors in need here in Southwestern PA.

COVID-19 specific accomplishments between March 15, 2020 and June 30, 2021 include:
• Launched the Students and Families Food Relief Fund in partnership with PNC, Eat’nN Park, and several smaller businesses to provide more than 1,351,000 meals to children and families in our region. We worked with small, non-profit, minority and women-owned food prep partners like Aunt Cheryl’s Café in Braddock, Love Rocks Café in McKees Rocks, and Community Kitchen Pittsburgh to support the meal preparation and distribution, which helped them stay in business throughout the pandemic.
• Created a 10-county transportation network with partners like including ACCESS and Oasis Transportation in Homewood to deliver 867,521 meals, 14,265 non-perishable food boxes (356,625 lbs.), 30,247 diapers, 16,877 boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.
• Responded to 260,726 requests for critical needs through 2-1-1 (including food, COVID-19 information, housing, and utility assistance) - a 78% increase over the previous year.
• Expanded our Emergency Basic Needs Network to a total of 21 regional agencies to help those most affected by the challenges of COVID-19 meet their basic needs, distributing 2,115 grants, totaling $1,312,809, to help families stay in their homes and keep the lights on.
• Provided financial and technical support to over 50 community agencies in our regional footprint supporting efforts to ensure equitable vaccine access and to promote community education/outreach, including support for over 30 clinics that have administered over 25,000 vaccine doses.
• Supported summer opportunities for nearly 10,000 youth by helping 17 agencies in 2020 and 66 agencies in 2021 provide safe, high-quality programming in low income, low access areas, and prioritized agencies that demonstrated a strong commitment to reducing inequities created by race, gender and ability. Over $3 million has been invested by 12 leading regional funding partners to provide extraordinary in-person summer experiences for PreK-12th grade youth.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Board of directors
as of 2/8/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert DiMichiei

Brooks Broadhurst

Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.

Raymond Buehler, Jr.

Schneider Downs

Robert DeMichiei

UPMC

Karen Feinstein

Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh

Robert Krizner

KPMG, LLP

Anne Lewis

Oxford Development Company

Laura Karet

Giant Eagle, Inc.

David Malone

Gateway Financial Group, Inc

Deborah Rice

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Arthur Rooney

Pittsburgh Steelers

Gretchen Haggerty

United States Steel Corporation

Thomas VanKirk

Highmark, Inc.

John Wilds

University of Pittsburgh

David Zubik

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Gerald MacCleary

Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Josie Badger

J. Badger Consulting

Leroy Ball

Koppers, Inc.

John Barbour

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Kenny Bonus

Bonus Accounting

Christine Bryant

Covestro, LLC

Louis Cestello

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Leslie Davis

UPMC

Tracy DeCock

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Patrick DeCourcy

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Leon DeJulius

Jones Day

Vincent Delie, Jr.

F.N.B. Corporation

Michael Denove

EY

Annie Engel

Howard Hanna Insurance Services Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

George Farah

FirstEnergy

Kim Fleming

Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

Stephanie Garbe

PNC Financial Services Group

Rev. Glenn Grayson, Sr.

Center That CARES

Gretchen Haggerty

Community Leader

Hayley Haldeman

Mattress Factory

Cynthia Hundorfean

Allegheny Health Network

Donald Jenkins

EQT Corporation

Shane Jakubovic

Covestro LLC

Stacy Juchno

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Katharine Kelleman

Port Authority of Allegheny County

Darrin Kelly

Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

John Kline

Standard Bank

Timothy Knavish

PPG

Jeff Krakowiak

Eaton Corporation

Elizabeth Krisher

Maher Duessel

Karen Larrimer

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Dan LaVallee

UPMC Health Plan

Gerald MacCleary

Covestro, LLC

Henry Maier

FedEx Ground

Jeff Mallory

Duquesne University

Tamara Minnier

UPMC

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 ? No
  • 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? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability