Burke County United Way

Live United. United We Win.

Morganton, NC   |  www.bcuw.org

Mission

To inspire Burke County's residents and businesses to create a stronger, healthier and happier community through financial generosity and volunteer commitment.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mrs. Maureen "Mo" Schwind

Main address

121 W. Union St.

Morganton, NC 28655 USA

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EIN

56-0929553

NTEE code info

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Keep Learning Moving Forward Campaign

In 2020, amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis, Burke County United Way (BCUW) narrowed its campaign focus to one of the most urgent needs in the county. This lead to a partnership with the Burke County Public School system, addressing the needs of K-12 students, and became known as the Keep Learning Moving Forward campaign. Education as we know it is changing rapidly because of COVID-19 and creating new challenges for students. Burke County students are in need of technology, school supplies, and general support services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Burke County United Way aims to inspire Burke county residents and businesses to create a stronger healthier and happier community through financial generosity and volunteer commitment. Burke County United Way is committed to collaborative partnerships that “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.”

The organization is in the process of adapting its business model to meet the changes in the philanthropic market place. Plans are to diversify funding streams; facilitate community ‘listen and learn sessions’ to target needs and stakeholder interests; enhance donor stewardship and communication; and demonstrate and market community impact.

Burke County United Way has a very, though small, hardworking staff, supported by an active and invested board and supportive community and corporate partners. In 2018, Burke County United Way hired a new Executive Director who set a goal of increasing board engagement and and set other important goals in donor relations, and strategic planning. in 2019 BCUW hired third staff member, a marketing and administration professional, in order to increase its digital footprint and improve digital marketing efforts. As of 2020 BCUW is working with a strategic planning consultant in order to enable the board and staff to best meet our goals.

We have engaged the board in helping us thank every single donor by phone or written letter, in order to improve our donor relations. This has proven to be successful in donor engagement.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • 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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Burke County United Way

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rod Harrelson

Retired - Suntrust Bank

Term: 2020 - 2023

Lorinnsa Bridges-Kee

Carolinas Healthcare-Blue Ridge

Rodney Harrelson

Retired Banker

Randy Loftis

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Travis Mull

Wells Fargo Advisors

Cheryl Shuffler

Burke County Public Schools

Dallas Stoudenmire

Chick-fil-A

Jean VanNoppen

VanNoppen Marketing

Ashley Bunner

Catawba Brewing Co.

Ryan Lander

Morgan Department of Public Safety

David Rust

Retired - Burke County Health Department

Megan Stallings

Packaging Corporation of America

Mike Swan

Burke County Public Schools

Janie Witte

Retired - Exxon Mobile

Board leadership practices

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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 01/28/2021

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
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.