UNITED WAY OF LOWNDES COUNTY INC

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aka United Way of Lowndes & Noxubee   |   Columbus, MS   |  www.uwlc-ms.org

Mission

To empower sustained changes in the education, health, and financial stability of our community.

Notes from the nonprofit

The United Way of Lowndes & Noxubee is working on becoming more Visible, Vital, and Vested to our community and will continue to strive to grow and change.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Mr. Renee S. Sanders

Main address

PO Box 266

Columbus, MS 39703 USA

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EIN

64-0567987

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our community had a conversation last March 2018 and revealed that the community-at-large cares for the Greater Columbus-Lowndes Area and desires to see progress to address significant concerns with Educational Proficiency, Community Engagement, Poverty, Leadership and Vision, and Crime and Addiction. United Way is partnering with other community leaders to create a strategic plan for 2040 to address these 5 areas.

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?

Education related

United Way Lowndes County supports educational needs in the community by funding the YMCA, Fathers Child Ministry, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

United Way of Lowndes County supports Recovery House, Last House on the Block, and Safe Haven which serve the community in recovery and regaining of life skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The United Way of Lowndes County operates a Volunteer Center, to promote community action on various issues impacting the quality of life in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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.

As a United Way, our aim is to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health, considered the building blocks of a good quality of life. We recruit people and organizations who bring their resources of money, time, and talents to bear on accomplishing our goal of improving the lives of those in need.

We provide financial and administrative support to:

agencies who house people recovering from addiction and putting their lives back together;
agencies who provide educational programs for adults to complete their GED and enroll in college;
agencies who provide a safe place for children and adults to recover and regroup after leaving an abusive home;
agencies who supply food and utility assistance;
agencies who manage a crisis hotline and also conduct reassurance calls to homebound people;
agencies who provide home delivered hot meals and dial-a-bus services;
and more.

After our fundraising campaign period, we have the allocations volunteers review all the documents and visit the various agencies to assess their adherence to their own plans and stated uses for the funds United Way provides. Once the allocations are determined, the agencies running those programs are notified and then must provide regular reports on the use of the funds, the numbers of people helped, and the number of volunteers they have helping with those programs.

Throughout the year, United Way also holds many community wide events to bring attention to the needs. We participate in the Day of Action in June; the Day of Service in September; the Make a Difference Day in October to name a few. In addition, we hold training and informational meetings and classes at various locations to assist non-profits with volunteer management, financial management, and to help the community with education, Income and Health issues they may be dealing with. We also partner with a variety of groups for various drives: food, blankets, coats, diapers, etc.

We have a 3 person office, with 1 full time volunteer, and approximately 26 other volunteers who serve on our board. We have the support of state and local government agencies and leaders in business and industry throughout the year. Using this network of people and organizations, we are able to support the programming throughout Lowndes County which provides services to residents of this area. We also manage a volunteer center for our region that connects any 501c3 in our area with volunteers to help them accomplish their goals.

We have been able to take on 3 new agencies in the past two years, so our fundraising has been growing. We would like to get a better handle on the exact needs of the community; for example homelessness has become a larger issue in our community of late, and we are taking steps to be engaged in the actions being pursed for this issue.

Financials

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Operations

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

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UNITED WAY OF LOWNDES COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Karen Stanley

NeonFrog

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mrs. Marti Kauffman

The Noxubee Alliance

Term: 2021 - 2022

Dr Stan McCrary

Retired

Paige Spears

JDS Wealth Strategies

Jacqueline Newton

retired

David Vega

BancorpSouth

Karen Stanley

NeonFrog

Cleopatra Jones

From the Inside Out

Marti Kauffman

Noxubee Alliance

Jay Fisher

Renasant Bank

Todd Davis

Electric Motor Sales

Bruce Johnson

Board Town Lock

Tim Heard

GT Planning & Dev

Kristi Jones

Lowndes County School District

Andrew Bishop

international Paper

Erica Gruseck

Annunciation Catholic Church

Stephanie Woodard

Woodard Law Firm

John Rollins

Regions

Tina Ferrell

Attorney

Jason King

Steel Dynamics

Landis Mickens

Noxubee Supervisor

Janie Ashcraft

Bank of Commerce

Joey Barnes

WCBI News

Doug Gosney

Camgian

Angela Riley

Baptist Memorial Hospital

Randy Walker

Mississippi Steel Processing

Elise Wilson

The Dutch Group

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/13/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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