United Way of the Ozarks

Uniting partners to solve problems that NO ONE organization can solve alone.

aka United Way of the Ozarks   |   Springfield, MO   |  www.uwozarks.org

Mission

United Way of the Ozarks improves lives by raising funds and uniting support around our communities' critical needs and red flags.

Ruling year info

1967

President/CEO

Greg Burris

Main address

320 N. Jefferson

Springfield, MO 65806 USA

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EIN

44-0552047

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

United Way of the Ozarks works every day to improve lives in our community by uniting community support. We invest in programs that form a safety net for families experiencing challenges and focus on education to get up stream on reducing poverty. We connect communities, people and hope.

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?

Day of Caring

Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers from more than 100 local businesses complete hundreds of projects for local non-profit agencies. This volunteer effort allows agencies to keep funds in their programs and provide volunteers an excellent opportunity to connect with the critical work being done.
Projects held in 14 counties in Southwest Missouri: Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, Wright.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A free and confidential service that refers people with human service needs to local agencies with resources 24/7. Additionally, 2-1-1 is a resource to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

provide transportation and housing assistance to cancer patients currently receiving treatment.

Administered in 14 counties of Southwest Missouri (Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, Wright)

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

provides emergency assistance to local veterans, with the collaboration of American Red Cross of Southern MO.

Administered in 14 counties of Southwest Missouri (Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, Wright)

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Adults

Related Program

Day of Caring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our current volunteer hours are reflective of our annual Day of Caring each year.

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As related to our annual Day of Caring.

Number of clients served

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of clients served in 14 counties in Southwest Missouri.

Number of organizational partners

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

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Social and economic status

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.

UWO aims to support programs that prepare children and youth to succeed and move adults to stand on their own. The community investment strategy is structured in three categories:

- Upstream – funding that supports long-term plans to address the community’s core social challenges by:
Eliminating achievement gaps to under-resourced and under-represented students.
Providing access to education and workforce training.
Preventing and responding to domestic violence.
Helping improve parenting skills.
- Safety Net – services that support families and individuals in crisis.
- Innovation – fresh approaches to address persistent community needs or emerging challenges.

By focusing our investment in three newly established categories, we are addressing the future and present needs in our community. Self-sufficient individuals will not need safety net services. By encouraging non-profits in our community to be innovative in addressing existing needs and emerging needs we will be able to uniquely meet neds in our community.

In order to complete our mission, we have established the Community Investment process to determine how to financially address the critical needs in our community. In the orientation, volunteers learn about and discuss the issues with experts to gain a more clear understanding of how our communities are affected. Through agency presentations, panel members hear how United Way partner agencies are addressing those issues at the root and working to create positive change. Our three councils, comprised of more than 125 donor/volunteers, have the opportunity to ask questions, evaluate each agency’s request and make recommendations based on the impact of their work.

As we have recently reinvented our community investment process to focus on 3 main areas: Upstream (Root Causes of Poverty), Safety Net and Innovation, we will have more to report after the first year.

Financials

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Operations

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

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United Way of the Ozarks

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Clif Smart

Missouri State University

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Joan Barrett

Ozarks Technical College

Term: 2022 - 2021

Roseann Bentley

Community Volunteer

David Cook

The Bank of Missouri

Stephanie Weis

BKD

Janet Dankert

Community Partnership of the Ozarks

Barbara Lucks

Consultant & Community Volunteer

David Pennington

City of Springfield

Michael White

S.R.C. Logistics, Inc.

Josh Garetson

John Deere

Stephen Hall

Springfield Public Schools

Joan Barrett

Ozark Community & Technology College

Pam Yancey

Arvest Bank

Clif Smart

Missouri State University

Shawn Calhoun

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David Agee

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Brian Brawley

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Hollie Elliott

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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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/21/2021

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/30/2021

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 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 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.