Washington, IN   |  unitedwayofdaviesscounty.org


To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power in Daviess County

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Zella Taylor

Main address

PO Box 224

Washington, IN 47501 USA

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NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (O19)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many community issues being addressed and identified. We know from our independent data, that 42% of Daviess County is either in poverty or working poor (ALICE population), meaning they work but struggle to pay for necessities (2018 research). We are partners with Daviess Community Hospital in their CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan), assessing the needs of affordable healthcare, mental health awareness, & services, drug use/treatment services available, etc. We are partners with the Economic Development Corp. in supporting their Quality of Place & Workforce Attraction Plan. Through the community survey results, we discovered 50% of the individuals suggested some form of leisure activities need to be available for children and families, such as parks, trails, outdoor spaces, etc. United Way of Daviess County was able to utilize part of an estate that was left and fund a new playground at Longfellow Park. This will be a partnership with City of Washington.

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?

Daviess County Funder

United Way of Daviess County Funds non-profit agency partners that serve dozens of programs. We focus in health, education, and financial stability.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


United Way Worldwide Member 2019

United Way Worldwide Member 2020


Fire Starter Award 2020

Daviess County Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Indiana United Way's Member 2019

Indiana United Way 2020

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.

United Way of Daviess County focuses all efforts on our 3 main pillars: Education, Health, and Financial Stability.

We recognize Lena Dunn Ele. School has an average of 50% minories where Eng. is there 2nd language, whereas state average is 30%. Two schools in Daviess Co. are Title-1 Schools and all schools receive free breakfast and lunch due to high rates of poverty. United Way of Daviess Co. is trying to implement a grant through OMG Books and a reading program for parents, teachers, and preschoolers called Bedtime in a Box. It monitors each day's reading and bedtime routine. We know third grade reading levels are the greatest predictor of high school graduation.

Financial Stability: Assist with and measure programs which help individuals meet basic needs, while they are provided opportunities to increase their employability and grow assets leading to financial independence. United Way of Daviess Co. was able to help fund a pilot program called Stepping Forward to help our ALICE population learn new skills to better their current situations.

United Way of Daviess Co. was able to receive a grant for safe needle and drug disposal boxes, lock boxes, and education material. We recognize there is a drug issue with lack of places to dispose of expired or unneeded medications, lack of knowledge of where/how to properly dispose of medications or needles. And concern to not have used needles left on the streets. Lock boxes will allow senior citizens to keep their medications out of the hands of their grandchildren and family members who may struggle with addiction.

Our HEALTH goal is to collaborate with community networks like Daviess Community Hospital, to address top health issues under the Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan focuses on the communities largest concerns with mental health, health care affordability, drug use, and obesity.

Collaboration is key for a successful organization. Through partnerships, we are able to help fill in the gaps found and service those areas. We are able to do so through community donations, grant opportunities, additional funds in budgets, gifts, etc. We are able to take the feedback from community surveys and conversations to find out the most needed items to work on. We have been able to identify and then write grants specific to those needs addressed.

Campaign Investment back into the community allows us to also support additional programs that other agencies provide in the other areas of Focus. Our capabilities also include a dedicated board, great community collaboration, grant partners and paid staff. We will continue to partner with key leaders in the community to implement the projects/programs needed for our county.

EDUCATION: Our curriculum is tied to Core Standards and the DIBBLES scores of the students will show improvement by more than 10%. Our data program will analyze and monitor attendance, behaviors and reading improvement against those in first grade not attending the afterschool program. Parents will take a before and after test measuring child development knowledge, and other curriculum as it is determined.

FINANCIAL: 25% of people seeking assistance will be plugged into budgeting and personal finance programs and make fewer calls for assistance.

HEALTH: The YMCA will see a 10% increase in children participating in sports and healthy child activities. A teen hotline for those who are on or trying drugs will be established. At least 2 food providers will merge and an educational component will be added to the monthly food giveaways.

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), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    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've completed several recent surveys. One electronic survey was utilized to determine what outdoor space would be helpful for children and families. Through those results, we were able to partner with our City officials and fully fund a new playground. This allows families without transportation to access a nearby playground. It's also a free activity that helps children develop their fine and large motor skills. Another survey we conducted was related to Covid and providing emergency relief to our community. Surveys were provided in 3 languages, allowing everyone to voice what was needed the most during Covid. Through those results, we were able to fund over $11,000 in relief and write for (and receive) a $200,000 ERI grant for Covid.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,



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


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Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jordan Sherman

NASCO Industries

Term: 2021 - 2019

Board co-chair

AJ Miles

First Federal Bank

Term: 2021 - 2022

Eric Lane

First Federal Bank

Chris Hughes


Mendy Berry

Child and Family Services

Steve Sturgis

Daviess Co. Sheriff Dept.

Steve Sacksteder

Retired CEO from DSI

Lindsay Owens

Washington Times Harald

Jordan Sherman


Ernie Wininger

Grain Processing Corp.

Jamie Chapman

County Recorder

Toni Matthewson


Tim Norris


Kara Schaffer

Hospital HR

AJ Miles

Insurance Rep

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 02/03/2021

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.