United Way of Lake County

Changing the Odds.

Mentor, OH   |  www.uwlc.org

Mission

United Way of Lake County, along with its mission to "measurably improve the quality of people's lives in Lake County", provides the most effective channel through which the community may participate in a voluntary, cooperative effort to identify, evaluate, support and fund current human service needs in Lake County. United Way of Lake County is a local, independent nonprofit organization that funds programs that focus on the building blocks to a strong, sustainable, community: education, income, and health.

Ruling year info

1972

President/CEO

Jennifer McCarty

Main address

9285 Progress Pkwy

Mentor, OH 44060 USA

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EIN

34-1105038

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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?

Infant Formula

Through Birthright. Babies are provided with formula when the mother cannot afford it.

Population(s) Served

Through Salvation Army

Population(s) Served

Through Forbes House, for domestic abuse victims

Population(s) Served

Through Lake-Geauga Furniture Bank

Population(s) Served

Through Lake County Community Network

Population(s) Served

Through Lifeline

Population(s) Served

Through Lifeline

Population(s) Served

Through Lifeline

Population(s) Served

Through Western Reserve Community Development Corporation/New Directions for Living

Population(s) Served

Through Project Hope for the Homeless

Population(s) Served

Through Salvation Army

Population(s) Served

Through American Red Cross

Population(s) Served

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEO

Population(s) Served

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEO

Population(s) Served

Through Camp Sue Osborn

Population(s) Served

Through Fine Arts Association

Population(s) Served

Through Lake Academy

Population(s) Served

Through Lake County Captains Charities

Population(s) Served

Through Salvation Army

Population(s) Served

Through Starting Point

Population(s) Served

Through Starting Point

Population(s) Served

Through the YMCA

Population(s) Served

Through Beacon Health

Population(s) Served

Through Beacon Health

Population(s) Served

Through Catholic Charities

Population(s) Served

Through Crossroads

Population(s) Served

Through Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers

Population(s) Served

Through Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers

Population(s) Served

Through Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers

Population(s) Served

Through Lake County Free Clinic

Population(s) Served

Through Lake County Free Clinic

Population(s) Served

Through Hospice of the Western Reserve

Population(s) Served

Through Kidney Foundation

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Through Lake Health District Fund

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Through Lifeline

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Through Lake County Council on Aging

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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.

Number of meals served or provided

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

Congregate Meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of meals provided at local senior centers, on a daily basis, through the Lake County Council on Aging.

Number of clients served

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

Infant Formula

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program provides specialized formula to babies through Birthright for mothers that cannot afford it.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

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

Information & Referral Hotline

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program is a 24/7 hotline for all calls for assistance, including food, shelter, volunteering, job assistance, etc.

Number of participants counseled

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

Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program provides assistance through Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers for patients that need counseling in any numbers of areas.

Number of youth mentored

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people using homeless shelters per week

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

Homeless Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

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

Women's Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of medical and dental visits

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

Medical Care

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of prescriptions filled

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

Reading Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children participating in summer learning loss prevention program

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Program provided by the Lake County YMCA

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.

We are aiming to be the entrusted champion that drives improved outcomes in our community by funding services that impact education, income, and financial stability. Our Board of Directors has set that as our vision over the next three years, which also coincides with our strategic plan. We want to help build a strong, sustainable, community for all generations.

We are going to grow our capacity to raise more funds and increase revenue. We can do that by cultivating new donors who will choose United Way of Lake County as their way to give back on a long-term basis, establish a baseline of new, young and diverse investors, and grow active participation, volunteerism, and involvement. We want to broaden and strengthen our outreach within the community so we can continue to grow our capacity for serving our community as a hub and trusted convener. We will increase our awareness and presence in the community. We have to communicate market relevance and value so our donors can easily answer the question, "Why should I give to the United Way? We will be accountable and transparent in all financial, grant making and operational matters. We will strive to be a local model for best nonprofit management in full compliance with all local, state, federal, and United Way Worldwide standards and requirements.

We will develop a Resource Development Committee that will function year-round and govern all aspects related to revenue generation. We will increase the number of leadership givers and the dollars they give, which will be led by a Leadership Committee. We will have a set structure as to how our affinity groups should operate. We will utilize the available tools and resources that United Way Worldwide affords to us. We will develop success indicators for our programs which will serve as metrics and guidance for program funding levels. Our marketing efforts will be more focused by leaning on a strong Marketing Committee, and gauging the public interest and knowledge of our United Way through research and surveys. We will develop a financial dashboard that will help keep the Board and leadership knowledgeable of where we stand on a financial basis, which will include providing an ROI analysis for our special events and other efforts. We will strive to optimize our financial and technological resources to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible.

We have developed a three-year strategic plan that identifies the objectives listed above, along with several others that will help lead United Way of Lake County to be the community hub and trusted convener for creating measurable results for education, income, and health programs. We have developed, and are developing, committees that will help staff oversee each objective and lend their expertise in order to accomplish our goals. We are in the midst of a campaign where we've noticed new donors coming on board, both individuals and companies, with United Way of Lake County by donating for the first time, or existing donors increasing their gifts. This will help us when it comes time for our volunteers to decide how the program funding will be allocated, which will adhere to our strategic objectives of making sure results and measurable impact are being made. We are implementing a new funding model that will allow us to fund programs that align with our new specific goals to increase kindergarten readiness, increase access to healthcare services, and help our residents become financially self-sustaining.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way of Lake County

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Scott Marn

Benjamin F. Edwards

Term: 2019 - 2020


Board co-chair

Scot Park

Artower Advisory Services

Term: 2019 - 2020