UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY INC

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Bloomington, IN   |  monroeunitedway.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. We address critical needs today and work to reduce those needs tomorrow.

Ruling year info

1958

Executive Director

Efrat Feferman

Main address

431 S College Ave

Bloomington, IN 47403 USA

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EIN

35-0985959

NTEE code info

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

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way of Monroe County aims to address the critical needs of individuals and families in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties today, while reducing those needs in the future. These needs are ever-changing, and so periodically our mission guides us to assess and update our priorities and strategies.

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?

Born Learning

Did you know that 85% of brain development happens before the age of 5? Research consistently shows that the first few years of life are critical to a child's development.

United Way’s Born Learning initiative helps parents, caregivers, and our community supports positive early childhood development. Born Learning provides easy research-based ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities for young children. Quality early learning results in reduced crime, less teen pregnancy, more high school graduates, and more individual success in work and life.

Free Born Learning materials are available for download. United Way of Monroe County partners with area organizations to help distribute these materials to parents, grandparents, and caregivers.

In July 2011, the Born Learning Play Path at the Clear Creek Trail was launched by United Way, Monroe Smart Start, and City of Bloomington Parks & Recreations. The Play Path features 10 fun outdoor games on signs that engage children and their families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Did you know that a child's education begins before they even start their first day of school? Or that early education in the home and during the first years of formal schooling has a measurable and lasting impact in the child's life and the community?

In fact, building strong literacy skills during this time is crucial to a child's future school success. That's why we have committed to Real Men Read at Eastern Greene Schools, Richland Bean Blossom Community Schools, and Spencer-Owen Community Schools.

Real Men Read is a volunteer-driven program that brings male MENtors from the community into kindergarten classrooms to read five different books throughout the course of the school year. The kindergarteners receive a book during each visit to build their own home libraries and share with their families. The intangible benefits are even greater. Since men tend to be seen as less involved in elementary education, spending time sharing books with a male role model allows all children to connect with the world of reading in a new and special way and encourages boys to see reading as something that guys enjoy too.

Kindergarten is a great access point for early intervention among struggling emergent readers. For children who do not come from literacy-rich homes or attend preschool programs, it may be their first substantial exposure to the building blocks of reading. United Way is proud to provide extra opportunities for all children to spend time in positive, nurturing learning environments. We continue to look forward to Real Men Read assisting with our early education initiatives and to the partnerships and collaboration that grow in the schools that we serve.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Just as children develop language skills long before they are able to speak, they also develop literacy skills long before they are able to read. Let's Read is an exciting program that partners United Way, Monroe Smart Start, WTIU, and Riley Physicians at IU Health.

At wellness visits from six months to five years old, pediatricians and nurses take time to talk with parents about the importance of reading at home. At each visit kids and parents will receive a book, including B is for Bloomington at the four year visit, materials from Born Learning and Reading Rockets, as well as other unique resources.

Pediatrics-based reading programs are highly effective at reaching a large number of families while using a trusted voice to reinforce the importance of reading at home. Introducing literacy to a child at this critical time will help ensure that every child in Monroe County enters kindergarten ready to learn and succeed!

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

FSA publishes information, hosts events and trainings, and works to expand financial stability programs in Brown, Greene, Monroe, and Owen counties.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Local financial institutions and community partners are collaborating to help residents access mainstream financial services and financial education. Residents who have never had a bank account or have had difficulties in the past are finding that many traditional barriers have been reduced or eliminated. These can include minimum balance requirements, past unpaid overdraft charges, or lack of a U.S. driver's license or state-issued identification. To learn more, visit www.bankonbloomington.org.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

(www.monroeunitedway.org/FreeTaxes)
FCTS helps low- and moderate-income residents file their federal and Indiana tax returns for free. It also helps residents claim valuable tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Every fall, before the winter heating season, United Way and FSA bring representatives from local utilities together with social services providers to provide current information about cost-saving programs geared at low- and moderate-income customers. For current information, visit https://www.monroeunitedway.org/UtilityAssistance.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Individuals who need help with food, housing, employment, child care, health care, counseling, or senior services can call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance. Certified Connect2Help211 call specialists are available 24/7 every day of the year. This service is confidential, available in over 150 languages, and free (cell per-minute charges do apply). Anyone in Indiana can contact 2-1-1 for assistance. If you cannot access 2-1-1 from your phone, you can reach the specialists at (317) 926-4357 or you can send an e-mail at [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Community Organizations Active in Disaster for Monroe County (MoCOAD) helps people rebuild after a community disaster. The MoCOAD network is composed of representatives from business, faith groups, local government, and non-profit agencies. MoCOAD helps our community mitigate, prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from large-scale disasters.

Population(s) Served
Adults

With your help, United Way of Monroe County is working to create long-lasting change within our community by addressing the underlying challenges facing our families, friends, and neighbors.

Your gift to the Community Action Fund is invested in 25 local member agencies and United Way collaborative initiatives. Giving to the Community Action Fund is the best way to ensure the community's critical social service needs can be met. It also supports investments in local people so they have building blocks for opportunity.

At United Way, we believe that Education, Earnings, and Essentials are the building blocks for a better life. Through special targeted funds, you can support our work in any or all of these areas. A donation to these funds is invested in agencies and initiatives that help our community make progress toward important goals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have invested in digital solutions for donors in response to the demand.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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UNITED WAY OF MONROE COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jerry Sutherlin

Retired USPS Letter Carrier and NALC

Term: 2020 - 2021

Josefa Madrigal

City of Bloomington

Mary Morgan

Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce

Kirsten Gronberg

Indiana University

Caleb Steiner

Hoosier Energy

Esthela O'Neill

Ivy Tech Bloomington

Levi Goss

Old National Bank

Donna Colon

American Red Cross

April White

Crane Naval

Pat Murphy

Beam Longest Neff

Derek Fields

IU Health

Christopher Pierce

Monroe County Prosecutor's

Geng Wang

Civic Champs

Kirk White

Indiana University

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 ? 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 2/12/2021

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/12/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.