Burke County United Way

Live United. United We Win.

Morganton, NC   |  www.bcuw.org

Mission

Building a stronger Burke County community by empowering self-sufficiency; increasing housing stability; and fostering opportunities and success for youth.

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?

Childcare Initiative

Our community's most pressing challenges are interwoven. A.L.I.C.E.* families often have to make difficult choices in order to get by, making it difficult to become fully self sufficient. This year, we are striving to cover the cost of before and afterschool childcare for low-income, working families (with preference to single parents) whose income is 135% or more below the poverty level and who pay more than 30% or more of their income toward housing.

Specifically, our goal is to cover the cost of before school, afterschool and summer care for 20 children in Burke County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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 children who received school supplies

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

Children and youth

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.

We envision a community where all Burke County individuals and families are equipped to live independently and thrive.

Our mission is to build a stronger Burke County community by empowering self-sufficiency; increasing housing stability; and fostering opportunities and success for youth.

Burke County United Way has been serving Burke County, NC for more than 60 years by focusing on finding the root causes of the biggest needs in our area; building strategic partnerships with local government, for-profit and nonprofit partners to unite people and resources; and mobilizing our community to invest dollars, time and influence toward long-term impact.

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 2022 BCUW has completed a several goals in its 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.

We have completed and adopted our 21-24 Strategic Plan; added board members of diverse skills and demographics to round out our board at 20 members; completed and adopted a DEI statement; hosted a Table Rock Society (donors of $1000+) virtual event; increased giving during our annual 1BurkeGives Giving Day event by 19.5% from last year; solidified a marketing plan.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Families and Children in the A.L.I.C.E population (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    It was important that our stakeholders felt informed. We included 7 "touch points" of contact in our strategic plan throughout the year for us (board/staff/ED) to contact/thank our donors in different ways. Stakeholders also wanted us to focus more on affordable housing and ALICE families the most out of a list of 14+ community needs, and to work on more collaborative projects. We made those our main focuses.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our stakeholders feel more involved in the decision making process.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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,

  • 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 1/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rod Harrelson

Retired - Suntrust Bank

Term: 2020 - 2023

Rodney Harrelson

Retired Banker

Randy Loftis

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Dallas Stoudenmire

Chick-fil-A

Jean VanNoppen

VanNoppen Marketing

Ashley Bunner

Catawba Brewing Co.

Ryan Lander

Morgan Department of Public Safety

Randy Burns

Western Piedmont Community College

John Hagmann

First Presbyterian Church

Beth Hicks

Morganton General Store

Sara Lecroy

Burke County Public Schools

Kim Logan

Burke County Public Schools

Pat Moll

UNC Healthcare BlueRidge

Barbara Myers

Retired - NC

Arael Regino

Truist Bank

Jamie Smith

VanNoppen Marketing

Tal Stephanides

Norvell Properties

Hilary Ventura

Legal Aid of NC -Foothills

Sheri Watts

Smith Miller & Buff, CPAs

Alan Wood

Burke Development Inc

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 01/31/2022

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: 01/31/2022

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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.
  • 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.