United Way Suncoast Inc.

UNITED WE RISE, UNITED WE WIN

aka UWS, UW Suncoast   |   Tampa, FL   |  www.unitedwaysuncoast.org

Mission

United Way Suncoast is committed to providing leadership and programs that improve lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of our communities to give, advocate, and volunteer. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the communities we serve.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Ms. Jessica Muroff

Main address

5201 West Kennedy Blvd Suite 600

Tampa, FL 33609 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of Sarasota County

United Way of Manatee County

United Way of Tampa Bay

EIN

59-3725701

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Working together with volunteers, agency partners, community leaders and key stakeholders, the plan focuses on three priority impact areas: Early Literacy – If a child isn’t reading at grade level by 4th grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of school. Youth Success – A child who doesn’t graduate from high school earns 75% less than peers who do over their lifetime. Financial Stability – Building financial knowledge and employ-ability skills help create more stable and secure households and communities.

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?

Financial Stability Initiatives

United Way Suncoast's Financial Stability Initiatives focus on helping families to achieve and maintain financial stability. Through a variety of financial programs and services we provide families with the knowledge and tools that assist them in taking the steps necessary to become financially self-sufficient.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

United Way Suncoast has chosen Literacy as a key focus for our education efforts. Through the Early Literacy Initiative (ELI), UWS provides leadership and advances collaboration creating an integrated program models using evidence based best practices to support and expand early literacy strategies. 

As the leader for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, United Way Suncoast aims to increase the number of students reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade, a key predictor of high school graduation. Currently, only 50% reach that goal.

UWS will accomplish this goal through partnerships with local school districts, colleges, universities, non-profit agencies, and other entities. 

Key programmatic elements include:

-Resources and training assistance for parents to help their child become stronger readers.

-Access to books for children and quality academic enriched summer camps that eliminate summer learning loss for low income children

-Access to trained volunteers helping students with reading.-Building community awareness around the importance of early literacy and reading on grade level by 3rd grade.

-Training and resources for preschool, out-of-school time providers to improve the quality of their program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

In cooperation with community partners, UWS is able to provide programs and services to help individuals achieve educational, professional and financial goals.

The Sulphur Springs Resource Center primary focus area is financial stability through workforce development and economic support. The center works with individuals and community partners to address employment, educational and social service needs for our clients.

In partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation and City of St. Petersburg, the Campbell Park Resource Center at John Hopkins Middle School was opened to focus on the development, financial stability, and sustainability of south St. Petersburg’s Campbell Park Neighborhood.

In Clearwater (North Greenwood), United Way Suncoast partnered with Clearwater Police Department, St. Pete Community College, and Pinellas County Schools to offer its Operation Graduate program focused on tutoring, mentoring, graduation, and college readiness for juniors and seniors living in the surrounding area.

In Manatee, UWS is focused on educational services in La Mirada Apartments, Bradenton Village, and Rubonia Community Center. These centers offers high-quality educational and parenting programs to our most vulnerable children and families. By providing educational opportunities in public and affordable housing communities, financial and transportation barriers are removed, and children and their families can focus on learning.

United Way Suncoast's work is part of a larger neighborhood plan fostering economic stability and community involvement by offering community coordination and services to connect families to needed resources. These centers are continuously at the core of the neighborhood’s support systems and have become part of the fabric of the community and the people they represent. UWS is always looking to the future and constantly exploring opportunities to expand services and increase partnerships to better serve the community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2002

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Florida

United Way Worldwide

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2002

Grants Collaborative of Tampa Bay 2010

Florida Financial Stability Network 2012

Florida Philanthropic Network 2010

Coalition for Achieving Financial Empowerment 2012

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 tax returns completed by volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Financial Stability Initiatives

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollars saved in tax preparation fees

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Financial Stability Initiatives

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Place-Based Initiatives

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Place-Based Initiatives

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Education Initiatives

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

Early Literacy: Ages 0-12
Goals: Ensure that children are surpassing key readiness and early grade reading benchmarks.
Community Target: Improve 3rd grade reading scores from 55% to 65% by 2020.

Youth Success: Ages 13-18
Goals: Ensure that children are graduating from high school with the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education or vocational training.
Community Target: Improve high school graduation rates from 73% to 90% by 2020.

Financial Stability Ages 18+
Goals: Ensure adults achieve long-term financial stability by developing the skills and opportunities to obtain and sustain employment.
Community Target: Increase the number of individuals/families living at 200% of poverty or better from 60% to 65% by 2020

United Way Suncoast (UWS) assumes the role best suited for our strengths.

For some programs, UWS provides leadership and staffing to organize resources and serve as a bridge between partner agencies.

For other programs, UWS supports by funding partners to deliver needed services.

And, when necessary, UWS provide the services ourselves.

In all work, UWS align efforts and funding to create the greatest, most effective impact for the community.

United Way Suncoast solve issues using an integrated approach. United Way Suncoast's work addresses interconnected issues— early literacy, financial stability, youth success — and works to solve community-identified problems through collaborative networks and learning communities.

United Way Suncoast knows the people, politics and players and how to best coordinate them. UWS work is local and embedded in the most needed neighborhoods.

UWS advocates at the federal, state and municipal level for the appropriate funding and policies that support stronger neighborhoods through the use of donors, community, and volunteers as decision makers.

UWS have a collaborative and transparent process for accountability and results and utilizes a measurement framework that holds the organization and its funded partners accountable.

UWS has the scale to drive maximum impact. With 90+ years of experience, one organization has the expertise, partnerships and vision to impact the challenges that we face as a city and individual communities the way United Way Suncoast does.

UWS raised $17M in 2019, serving as a force multiplier, activating donors and volunteers and channeling resources to the most effective organizations.

2020 COMMUNITY TARGET
Improve regional 3rd grade reading scores to 65%
*2017 COMMUNITY STATUS
3rd grade reading scores 56.4% *2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR

2020 COMMUNITY TARGET
Improve high school graduation rates to 90%
*2017 COMMUNITY STATUS
High school graduation rates 82.8% *2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR

2020 COMMUNITY TARGET
Increase the regional number of individuals/families living at 200% of poverty or better to 65%
*2017 COMMUNITY STATUS
Number of individuals/families living at 200% of poverty or better at 67.6% *2016 Census Data

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?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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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United Way Suncoast Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Brian Deming


Board co-chair

David Pizzo

Florida Blue

Lori Baggett

Carlton Fields

Eric Bailey

CapTrust

James Camp

Raymond James

Scott Curtis

Raymond James

Brian Deming

Crucis

Jacki Dezelski

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Rae Dowling

Florida Power & Light

Jaime Egasti

Community Volunteer

Mark Fernandez

Stonehill

Estella Gray

Hillsborough County Government

Kimberly Hopper

Iberia Bank

Traci Larsen

Regions Bank

Melva McKay Bass

Suncoast Credit Union

Bill Merrill

Icard Meriill

Becky Pickett

Better Choice Company

Julio Ramirez

Fifth Third

Thais Rodriguez-Caez

EY

Stuart Rogel

Graylan Ventures

Karen Rushing

Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller

Alex Sink

Community Volunteer

Bob Thompson

Community Volunteer

Dan Vigne

Northern Trust

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 03/09/2021

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data