Capital Area United Way

LIVE UNITED

aka CAUW   |   Baton Rouge, LA   |  http://www.cauw.org

Mission

Our Vision: A community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential Our Mission: To improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living

Notes from the nonprofit

Capital Area United Way serves 10 Parishes. West & East Feliciana, St. Helena, Pointe Coupee, East & West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston and St. James Parishes.

Ruling year info

1955

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. George Bell

Main address

700 Laurel St

Baton Rouge, LA 70802 USA

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EIN

72-0447100

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our goal is to put people in a position to recognize and achieve their full potential by funding programs in our focus areas: education, income stability, health, basic needs and community level strategies.

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?

Grants Investments

Capital Area United Way is a non-profit organization that funded 41 programs within 32 non-profit partners within our 10-parish area from 2019-2022 . $2.7 Million was invested annually though our Impact Grants in the community three-year funding cycle. Additional grant opportunities provide a mechanism for funding outside of the existing three-year program operations grant cycle, allowing Capital Area United Way to be more responsive to community needs throughout the each fiscal year. During the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year an additional $1.4 Million was invested in 136 grant projects. Additional grant opportunities include: COVID, Disaster, Projects, and Place-Based Funding.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

United Way 211/CAUW is a free and confidential service that helps people across your local region find the resources they need. It is operational 24 hours, seven days a week.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since its launch, more than 2,400 students within 36 local schools have completed the program, which teaches how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships with peers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax prep by IRS certified volunteers to low-income individuals, persons with disabilities and veterans. It is a primary objective to help eligible taxpayers receive the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to improve their financial stability. VITA also gives financial information and guidance to clients who are struggling to make ends meet. The EITC refund and service referrals help secure families against financial hardship and potential poverty. Through our efforts, Capital Area United Way (CAUW) will ensure income stability for families and strengthen the Capital Area community.

In 2020, VITA volunteers prepared over 6,000 federal and state tax returns across our 10-parishes, infusing households in our local communities with millions of refunded dollars. The VITA program contributes to individual and family stability by ensuring that qualifying households receive the EITC. Below is the qualifying data for EITC as published

Population(s) Served

SingleCare Prescription Discount Cards (formerly FamilyWize) allows for Capital Area United Way's 10-Parish service area residents to receive prescription drugs at a lower price. SingleCare partners with pharmacies nationwide to provide customers with a lower price on prescription drugs through negotiations.

Everyone is allowed to use this card! Whether you are insured or uninsured, you can use SingleCare to save on your prescriptions. There are no fees or eligibility requirements.

In 2020, nearly $260,000 was saved in prescriptions across our 10-Parish service area.

Population(s) Served

As of December 14, 2021, Bank On Baton Rouge officially became an Income Stability initiative of Capital Area United Way! Bank On Baton Rouge is a coalition consisting of the EBR Mayor-President's Office, financial institutions and community partners.

Under Capital Area United Way, Bank On Baton Rouge will have three different focus areas: assisting underserved populations with second chance bank accounts; promoting financial literacy education; and exploring FinTech (Financial Technology) programs for the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Population(s) Served

United We Feed is a Basic Needs Initiative that leverages corporate and community partnerships to provide fresh food access to our community’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and poverty populations.

United We Feed sponsorships allow local businesses to nurture their community by providing fresh, nutritious produce to a targeted group of individuals and families, allowing them to save money on groceries and ensure they have access to healthy foods.

Population(s) Served

United4Vets is an Income Stability Initiative of Capital Area United Way, generously sponsored by BASF. United4Vets aims to coordinate, streamline, and provide wraparound services to veterans and their families.

The goals of United4Vets are to:

Increase veteran gainful employment rates intensive workshops and ongoing case management.
Educate potential veteran employers on best practices for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining veteran employees.
Provide financial assistance to eliminate barriers to veterans and their families.
Provide resources such as employment assistance programs, housing, food, and mental health treatment through United Way 2-1-1/CAUW.
Engage volunteers seeking to serve in veteran-specific projects.
Provide funding to organizations serving veteran populations.
CAUW will accomplish this mission by partnering with veteran-focused organizations, engaging current and future corporate partners, and collaborating with existing service providers to reach the veteran popu

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2003

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1957

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.

Number of overall donors

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number represents estimated individual donors in and out of workplace campaigns. All numbers are based on a fiscal year 7/1 to 6/30.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Total likes in regards to the Capital Area United Way (Baton Rouge, LA) Facebook page.

Number of referrals to resources offered

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Ex-offenders, People with disabilities, Caregivers

Related Program

United Way 211/CAUW

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Referrals to help-seekers in CAUW's service area through information, referral, crisis, and disaster 211 services.

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.

Our goal is to put people in a position to recognize and achieve their full potential by providing funding opportunities, direct services, and advocacy for the ALICE population in our focus areas of education, income stability, health, and basic needs.

Every three years, Capital Area United Way updates it's strategies for ensuring the ALICE population can achieve their full potential. These strategies are created alongside with members from the 10-parish community served by CAUW through community conversations, 211 data, and census data. CAUW's strategies are achieved in collaboration with other nonprofits, governmental entities, corporate partners and volunteers.

Capital Area United Way's mission is to improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living. To that end, a Community Impact Model allows us to more effectively achieve results by targeting support to programs that create a measurable impact in the community. Our work falls into four areas: Education, Income Stability, Health, and Basic Needs. The four focus areas are split into 11 Priority Areas, developed with information gathered from community conversations, 211 data, and stakeholder engagement. These priority areas are CAUW's focus during 2019-2022.

Our staff is comprised of subject matter experts in each of our focus areas, and staff time and efforts are leveraged by hundreds of volunteers lending their knowledge to advise staff on the best courses of action. These volunteers represent all 10-parishes we serve, as well as multiple industries across the region including nonprofits, petrochemical companies, healthcare and government. In addition to our staff working directly with the focus areas and strategies, we have resource development staff who manage relationships with corporate partners and individual donors to ensure we have the financial capacity to continue this work.

Externally, CAUW is a member of United Way Worldwide and the Louisiana Association of United Ways. Both of these organizations provide opportunities for best practice sharing, leveraging partnerships and professional development. On a local level, key staff members sit on various advisory councils relevant to our work.

Capital Area United Way (CAUW) has been serving the local community since 1925. United Way has built a network of partnerships and services to make a difference in the lives of people and to help create transformational and sustainable change. Our earliest beginning locally in 1925 stems form a need to help people, and for many decades, United Way accomplished this by raising money from the community and allocating to member agencies that provide health and human service programs. Today, United Way is working to bringing people together to create lasting change that will improve lives by identifying the root cause of problems and working to alleviate to prevent them by influencing community attitudes, networks, and organizations.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Capital Area United Way

Board of directors
as of 2/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amanda Stout

McGlinchey Stafford

Term: 2022 - 2021

Jolen Stein

BASF

Kelli Joseph, Ed.D.

St. Helena Parish School Superintendent

Jackie McCreary

The Mosaic Company

Amanda Stout

McGlinchey Stafford

Dave Luecke

ExxonMobil Chemical

Stan Levy

SASSO

Aaron Stanford

Morgan Stanley

Robert Schneckenberg

Hancock Whitney Bank

George Bell

Capital Area United Way

Michelle Hardy

Turner Industries

Joseph Britt

Westlake Chemical

Glenda Minor

Silket Advisory Services

Gaines Foster

LSU

Eric Dexter

Civil Soluntions Consulting Group, Inc

Michael Albano

DOW Chemicals Company

Virginia Bell

St. Helena Parish School District

Dai Nguyen

Shell

Aldo Russo, M.D.

Ochsner Health System

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 02/10/2022

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • 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.