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United Way Blackhawk Region

Janesville, WI   |  www.liveunitedbr.org

Mission

The mission of United Way Blackhawk Region is to Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Ruling year info

1963

President & CEO

Ms. Mary Fanning-Penny

Main address

205 N Main St Ste 101

Janesville, WI 53545 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of North Rock County

Stateline United Way

EIN

39-6006734

NTEE code info

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

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is to work with the community to identify the most pressing needs and to invest in programming that addresses those needs and moves the needle of change.

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?

United Way Blackhawk Region

Meeting the needs of individuals and families in Rock County, Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County, Illinois.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

4 out of 4 Stars 2014

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4 out of 4 Stars 2015

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4 out of 4 Stars 2016

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4 out of 4 Stars 2017

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4 out of 4 Stars 2018

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4 out of 4 Stars 2019

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4 out of 4 Stars 2020

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4 out of 4 Stars 2021

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4 out of 4 Stars 2022

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4 out of 4 Stars 2023

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of programs documented

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Ethnic and racial groups, Health

Related Program

United Way Blackhawk Region

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Way Blackhawk Region currently supports 30 human services Program Partners throughout the region.

Number of adults who received literacy services

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

United Way Blackhawk Region

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships, Social and economic status

Related Program

United Way Blackhawk Region

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our purpose at United Way Blackhawk Region is to be a community leader in identifying health and human services problems and facilitating partnerships to achieve sustainable solutions. Our vision is to build stronger communities by mobilizing resources to improve people's lives.

United Way Blackhawk Region invests in three impact areas; education, income and health, identified by United Way Worldwide to be the three building blocks that contribute to a good quality of life.

In the area of education, we envision a region where children and youth will have supportive learning and development opportunities to grow and become responsible adults. In 2021-23, we invested $934,000 dollars in programs that support children and youth through early learning and care services, before and after school programs, character and leadership development and recreational experiences and those that emphasize academic success for children of all ages and expand opportunities for children and youth to bond with peers, mentors and positive role modes.

United Way Blackhawk Region is focused on ensuring that individuals and families have their basic needs met and achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. In 2021-23 we invested $1,488,526 to local programs that connect people with critical resources for emergency or basic needs, assist in identifying and overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency, and increase access to skills training, education and other support systems that enable people to achieve self-sufficiency.

To be successful in increasing awareness and access to healthcare resources, in 2021-23, we invested more than $458,751 programs that promote healthy lives through education an activities to residents of Rock County WI and northern IL.

United Way's volunteer-driven Community Grant Process is designed to award funds to programs demonstrating community need, articulating program efficacy and measureable results. Recommendations for grant awards are formulated by nearly 50 diverse volunteers, representing a broad cross-section of disciplines, donors and corporate partners. Volunteers devote more than 800 hours to an extensive accountability review of the programs and organizations seeking funding. Evaluation is based on application materials and in-person presentations to a volunteer panel.

United Way Blackhawk Region is proud of the relationships we've built and the investments in human service needs we've made. We understand however that the original models of United Way; “Community Chest" or “pass-thru agency," are of the past and are not effective fundraising models in our current economic climate. Because of this, our board of directors has committed to adopting the evidence based, Community Impact model.

Community Impact helps United Way harness the power of communities working together – people, companies, nonprofits, and government agencies – to deliver innovative, effective and lasting solutions. Through research, analysis, and direct involvement, community needs are identified and investments are made in programs that deliver the greatest results. Partners build greater capacity through resources that connect them to top performers and experts. Accountability is a priority shared by our Program Partners and the transformation to Community Impact gives those funded programs an opportunity to shine.

While we complete the transformation to the Community Impact business model, we will continually strive to improve our process, to help our Partners provide important services that create lasting change and to demonstrate our commitment to integrity based stewardship of donor dollars and the trust the community has placed in us.

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 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way Blackhawk Region

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dan Williams

MULEHIDE PRODUCTS

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Tom McCawley

Beloit Health Systems

Term: 2024 - 2027

Greg Ardrey

Alliant Energy

Kelly Bedessem

City of Janesville

Scott Bordwell

First National Bank and Trust

Bonnie Domingo

Kerry

Christine Moss

Mercy Health

Dennis Pauli

Edgerton School District

Tom Ramsden

ECOLAB

Patty Schumacher

BMO Harris Bank

Dan Williams

MULEHIDE PRODUCTS

Kayla Hiller

Nowlan & Mouat

Leslie Hulick

M3 Insurance

Tim Oswald

Fairbanks Morse

Aimee Thurner

Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce

Katrina Harwood

Rock County Public Health

Mark Holzman

School District of Janesville

Bob Jones

Skogen's Festival Foods

Tom McCawley

Beloit Health System

Pat Weberpal

BMO Harris Bank

Jean Randles

SSI Technologies

Jerry Gabrielatos

City of Beloit

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 1/19/2024

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2024

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.