UNITED WAY OF DANE COUNTY

The Power of Many. Working for All.

aka UWDC   |   Madison, WI   |  www.unitedwaydanecounty.org

Mission

United Way of Dane County unites the community to create measurable results and change lives. We are committed to the vision of a Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life. To facilitate this, we mobilize our community's caring power and advance our community's Agenda for Change, six goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Income and Health - the building blocks of a stable life and thriving community. By targeting specific goals and forging partnerships, United Way is tackling the root causes of critical local issues and achieving real, measurable results in education, financial stability, housing, health and more.

Ruling year info

1951

President and CEO

Renee Moe

Main address

PO Box 7548

Madison, WI 53704 USA

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EIN

39-0817532

NTEE code info

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 100 years, United Way of Dane County has mobilized the caring power of our community to create lasting change for multiple generations. With a mission to unite the community to achieve measurable results that change lives, we are committed to being a catalyst for inclusion, systemic change and building a Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life. We lead in mobilizing our community’s power to spark generational change – consistently collaborating around innovative responses to solve big, challenging problems in Dane County. With the support of our community, we have spent a century investing in our community’s most pressing needs – helping to support local families as they work to access the building blocks of well-being: a quality education, a family-supporting job and health supports.

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?

Agenda for Change

Education: Students succeed academically and graduate high school, prepared for higher education, career, and community, and Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school
Income: There is a decrease in family homelessness, and More people are on pathways out of poverty
Health: Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes, and Health issues identified and treated early

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. Ensuring the babies of Dane County are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school benefits the whole community. The most formative years in a child’s development are from birth to age five and United Way is there from the beginning, with Born Learning – an initiative that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers turn everyday moments into fun, educational opportunities for young kids.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Education is one of the key building blocks to a stable life. It also benefits the whole community: high school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate on time.

United Way of Dane County adopts a comprehensive approach to education with programs that make sure children and youth become proficient readers at a young age, stay on track in middle school and earn their high school diploma to ultimately give back to their families and the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Safe and affordable housing creates a home base from which all other things are possible. It is clear that separate even from extreme poverty, homelessness and lack of stable housing presents a formidable set of challenges to an already extremely vulnerable group of children. In Dane County, Families make up nearly half of the homeless population, putting both children and their parents at risk. United Way believes that it is possible to end homelessness.

Though a set of research and data driven strategies designed to build on families’ strengths, we are focusing on Housing First, case management, landlord/tenant connections and financial counseling and access to food.
It’s all about housing. Housing First places families at risk of homelessness into permanent housing quickly, and then provides targeted services to address other issues and maintain a stable environment. This approach continues to meet national benchmarks of an 80% success rate in keeping families stably housed at half the cost of emergency shelter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

More than 60,000 people in Dane County live in poverty, that’s more than 1 in 7 residents – 1 in 6 children. Lack of family-supporting wage jobs is the primary contributor to this community crisis. In addition, lack of access to education, skills, quality childcare and other community supports also present barriers to economic stability.

United Way is focused on tackling these issues at the root cause. Our multigenerational approach combines our work in job training and employment, housing, and early childhood support to break the cycle of poverty.

One key element of this work is our HIRE Education Employment Initiative – a United Way program that ensures families are linked to employment and career ladders. Another is our Journey Home initiative, aimed at successfully reintegrating ex-offenders into the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

United Way of Dane County is committed to assuring that low-income and uninsured members of our community have access to affordable quality primary, dental, and behavioral health care. This agenda is based in the wide body of research that shows that when health issues are identified and treated early, people are likely to respond more quickly to treatment, avoid hospitalizations and greater pain, and have better outcomes. Children and families are our primary focus. This work supports our community’s goals of increasing kindergarten readiness and high school graduation rates by intervening early with developmental, behavioral/mental health or other health problems that interfere with a student’s ability to learn.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The number of adults over age 65 in Dane County is growing. In 2010, people over age 65 were 10% of the population, by 2030 they will represent 20% of the population. Older adults are living longer and healthier lives than ever before, but still face certain challenges while aging. Over 80% of older adults suffer from at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or dementia.

United Way is leading a remarkable cross-sector partnership among organizations and coalitions that serve older adults, professional associations, pharmacies, hospitals, academia, media, and United Way 2-1-1 to prevent or mitigate loss of independence for an older adult and help them live healthier and safer lives.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adults

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 students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Born Learning

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

88% of kids graduated from our signature ParentChild+ Program, a two-year home visitation program that helps low-income children get ready for 4-K.

Number of participants who gain employment

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Pathways out of Poverty

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

365 individuals found jobs through our HIRE employment initiative in 2019

Hours of tutoring administered

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Academic Success

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2,146 students received tutoring services in 2019-2020 school year. 708 students received tutoring in 2020-2021 due to COVID impact.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Housing in Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1,500 local families received housing case management, addressing root causes of their homelessness.

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 Dane County's long term goal is to increase family well-being so that all families in Dane County lead healthy, thriving and secure lives that meet their own defined goals, and are not
impacted by experiences of systemic racism, discrimination and poverty.
Our community goals are:

-Build family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with
children under five and the adults in their lives together.

-Increase the graduation rate for Dane County students of color and
students from low-income families.

-Increase the number of families, particularly families of color, that become
economically stable through strategies that integrate family sustaining jobs, secure housing, and
food.

-Decrease racial disparities in Dane County by providing equitable access to
affordable, accessible and culturally-safe health care.

United Way of Dane County convenes partners from across the community to amplify our collective impact. From businesses to government agencies, volunteers, non-profit agencies, program participants and donors, United Way brings these partners to a neutral table and collaborate on innovative, efficient and effective solutions for the entire community.

United Way is a unique position to leverage multiple partners throughout the community to increase their impact exponentially. We are a neutral convener that can bring together disparate groups and find common ground. United Way is the intersection where the community meets.

In 2021:
• Education: 308 students tutored in literacy and math
• Income: 257 adults completed training with our HIRE Initiative and gained $15/hr jobs
• Income: 32,000 in housing programs, 74% stably housed for 12 months
• Health: Safe at Home falls rate of 17%, which is half of the national average of 33%
• Health: 3,300+ students were screened for trauma, 725 received mental health support
• 2-1-1 Call Center, received 26,743 calls with 43,204 referrals




Financials

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Operations

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

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UNITED WAY OF DANE COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 03/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bill Westrate

American Family Insurance


Board co-chair

Jay Sekelsky

Zermatt Investors, LLC

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

University of Wisconsin, National Academy of Education

Mark Koehl

Chief Shon Barnes

City of Madison Police Department

Dave Beck-Engel

Jacquelyn Boggess

Center for Family Policy and Practice

Dave Branson

Labor Representative

Bryan Chan

Supranet Communications, Inc.

Lau Christensen

Bea Christensen

Christine Dahlhauser

Baker Tilly US, LLP

Robert Durian

Alliant Energy

Dave Florin

Hiebing

Dan Frazier

U.S. Bank

Roberta Gassman

UW-Madison, School of Social Work

Lynn Green

Fabiola Hamdan

Dane County Department of Human Services

Dr. Carlton Jenkins

Madison Metropolitan School District

Jeff Keebler

Madison Gas and Electric Company

Paul Kundert

UW Credit Union

Sonia Kurhajetz

County of Dane/AFSCME Local 720

Michelle Michalak

Madison Teachers Inc./IBEW Local 2304

Hon. Everett Mitchell

Dane County Circuit Court

Renee Moe

United Way of Dane County

Deirdre Morgan

Ramona Natera

State of Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Division

Rachel Neill

Carex Consulting

Josie Ronk

UW-Madison

Tim Ryan

Monona State Bank

Ananth Seshedri

UW-Madison, Dept of Economics

Dr. Martha Stacker

Dane County Department of Human Services

Gisèle Sutherland

BMO Wealth Management

Dave Sweitzer

CUNA Mutual Group

Dulce Danel Uribe

Madison College

Jesi Wang

MetaStar, Inc.

Jim Wheeler

Lucius Woodson

TASC

Jane (Ginger) F. Zimmerman

Murphy Desmond SC

Lisa Peyton-Caire

The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness

Scott Strong

RISE Wisconsin

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 3/23/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data