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United Way of Abilene

Earn well. Learn well. Live well.

Abilene, TX

Mission

The mission of United Way Abilene is to promote the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community by mobilizing the caring power of the 19 counties in the West Central Texas area. United Way Abilene supports programs that address the needs of children being successful in school, families becoming self-sufficient, and citizens having basic needs met. The 3 impact areas we target to measure improvement are: Education - all children should graduate from high school with the skills necessary to be prepared for the workforce and/or higher education; Income - families should be financially stable with an adequate income to be self-sufficient; and Health - families will have adequate medical, dental, and nutrition services.

Ruling Year

1956

President/CEO

Dr. Cathy Ashby

Main Address

PO Box 82 240 Cypress St

Abilene, TX 79604 USA

Keywords

United Way Abilene Self-Sufficient Families Children Education Income Health Financial Stability Housing Jobs Medical Prevention

EIN

75-0808772

 Number

6930632576

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (V01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

United Way of Abilene promotes the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our local community.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Promoting the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of Every Person in Our Local Community

Where we work

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The mission of United Way Abilene is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the 19 counties in the West Central Texas area. United Way Abilene supports programs that help children become successful in school, families become self-sufficient, and all local citizens have their basic health needs met. The 3 impact areas we target to measure improvement are:

Education - we help all children graduate from high school with the skills necessary to be prepared for the workforce and/or higher education;

Income - we help families and individuals become financially stable with an adequate income to be self sufficient; and

Health - we help families and individuals of all ages have adequate medical, dental, and nutrition services, while also being protected from abusive situations.

United Way supports programs in the area of education that ensure:
 Children are safe and secure and have responsible caring adults in their lives.
 Students succeed in school.
 Students graduate and are ready for higher education or work.
 Children and youth have the tools they need to make good decisions and effectively deal with social challenges.

United Way supports programs in the area of income that ensure:
 Families have access to affordable childcare that allows for growth and development while preparing children to be school-ready
 Families learn to budget and save money for housing, utilities, transportation, and other expenses.
 Families have access to emergency/transitional housing and basic needs services.
 Individuals have access to information, services and support that allow them to overcome challenges to be more self-sufficient.
 Community members, including the elderly, feel secure in their home, and maintain quality of life.

United Way supports programs in the area of health that ensure:
 Families have access to adequate dental and medical services.
 Families have access to nutritious meals or food supplies.
 Families develop positive habits and have resources to help them cope with challenges.

United Way Abilene has awarded $7,266,798 in allocation grants and other assistance grants over the last five years to local nonprofit partner agencies and individuals. These nonprofit partner agencies serve the 19 county area of West Central Texas. The funds raised were invested in organizations that improve lives in our 3 strategy areas-health, income, and education. In 2017, United Way Abilene provided allocation grants and other assistance grants of $1,412,118. The allocations were carefully decided upon under the guidance of the Community Investment Review Teams (CIRT). The CIRT teams are made up of over 70 community volunteers whose responsibilities are to: 1. Review the applications and determine if the nonprofit presents sufficient examples of community needs, relevant or innovative approaches to address those needs, and measurable outcomes. 2. Attend partner agency site visits and program presentations 3. Review each agency's board governance, finances, audit, and administration, as well as other general agency information. This process ensures that donor funds are delivered to those who need it most while also showing the highest levels of accountability for the investment made by donors and distributed by United Way Abilene.

The goals and strategies outline what United Way Abilene expects from the investment made in partner agencies. To track this, each month our partner agencies are required to report their success indicators in the Community Operating System (COS). Information is submitted by staff members on their participants both demographically and geographically.

Additionally, each partner agency supplies information on challenges and successes faced in the last reporting period. The challenges/success stories allows time for reflection from the partner agencies on the services provided by their organization in the previous month. In addition, United Way Abilene is supplied timely information on emerging needs in the area. United Way Abilene tracks results in each goal and UWA continually works with community partners to ensure that the investment from our organization is delivering results.

Example from the COS are:
Eighty-three percent of individuals completing life skills education are able to find employment or pursue further education.
Each year, more than 900 individuals receive safety from domestic violence.

Finally, quarterly board-reviewed financials for each agency are submitted.

EDUCATION: Safe and Effective Learning Environments
• Ensure 99% of Targeted Seniors Graduate High School
• Keep 95% of targeted students out of juvenile justice system

INCOME: Financial Stability, Emergency Assistance
• Help 120 clients learn how to spend and save wisely
- 45% of U.S. Residents Lack Financial Stability

HEALTH: Medical, Dental, and Nutrition Services
• Support 500+ clients and caregivers coping with challenging
situations
• Provide Care to 4,500 patients

United Way programs have been highly successful because of how our campaign dollars are assigned. We continue to see amazing results through United Way investments including:

Education
1. Ninety-nine percent of case-managed students stay in school.
2. More than 600 students are matched with caring adult mentors.

Health
3. More than 1,500 patients per year receive affordable dental care.
4. More than 800 individuals per year receive financial assistance and support to help them cope with cancers and Alzheimer diseases.

Income:
5. More than 600 families access affordable quality childcare so they can continue to work.
6. Ninety-four percent of residents living in transitional housing were able to move into permanent housing with a job and a saving account.
7. Each year more than 78,000 meals are served to neighbors in need.

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Financials

United Way of Abilene

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity