UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY INC

United, We Strengthen the Community.

aka United Way of Larimer County   |   Fort Collins, CO   |  www.uwaylc.org

Mission

United Way of Larimer County tackles issues that matter most to our community and uses a collective impact approach to accomplish more together. We provide opportunities for businesses, individuals and organizations to be involved in strengthening Larimer County. Our focus areas include Youth & Education, Financial Stability, Community Engagement, and Nonprofit Excellence.

Ruling year info

1969

President / CEO

Annie Davies

Main address

525 W Oak Street, Ste 101

Fort Collins, CO 80521 USA

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EIN

84-6031503

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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 (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At United Way of Larimer County, we believe our role is to be responsive to community priorities and utilize our expertise and influence to bring public, nonprofit and private sector resources together to solve local challenges - especially those around access to high quality early childhood education, financial stability for working families, third grade reading and high school graduation rates and affordable housing. We realize we can’t do this alone, which is why United Way of Larimer County tackles uses a collaborative approach to accomplish more together and provide pathways to success for every child and family. We provide opportunities for businesses, individuals and organizations to be involved in strengthening Larimer County. We lead the community to meet the needs of those in need as we work to fulfill our mission of cultivating and mobilizing community resources to change and save lives.

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?

WomenGive

WomenGive is comprised of a dynamic network of hundreds of local women who use their financial resources to help women in Larimer County move
toward economic self-sufficiency.

Our members are committed to bringing positive change to women in Larimer County by providing single mothers with access to higher education and quality child care
through child care scholarships.

WomenGive also partners with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado to address public policy issues related
to women and self-sufficiency at the state level.

Population(s) Served

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Larimer County established the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund to support area nonprofit organizations providing direct service. Additionally, the United Way website was transformed into a hub for resources in Larimer County, providing support and direction to community members facing challenging times due to the pandemic. Similarly, the website is also the hub for Larimer County volunteer opportunities to support the community during these uncertain times.

Lastly, United Way's Community Impact Center has been transformed into a Donation Collection and Distribution Center, providing a touch-free way to donate valuable resources to the community. United Way distributes all donations to nonprofit partners providing direct service within a few days of receipt. Similarly, the Community Impact Center is hosting monthly Blood Drives with private 30-minute appointments to practice social distancing.

Population(s) Served

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

COVID-19 Response Activities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total number of volunteers assigned and referred by United Way to serve nonprofits in Larimer County.

Number of Larimer County nonprofits receiving support from United Way

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of Larimer County nonprofits who received revenue through United Way's workplace campaign efforts.

Number of WomenGive childcare scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

WomenGive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Number of childcare scholarships awarded to low-income, single mothers pursuing education to increase their financial stability while ensuring their young children receive high-quality childcare.

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.

Youth and Education - We believe investing in youth is not only the right thing to do, but it is also the best way to ensure a strong economy and community.

Our programs and partnerships in this area focus on kindergarten readiness, reading at grade level by the end of third grade and high school completion. United Way works across Larimer County to improve outcomes for children by participating in and supporting collaboration with organizations such as Connect First, Be Ready, Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) and Directing Change.

Financial Stability - We believe in supporting initiatives that decrease the need for future social services.

Our programs and partnerships focus on a pathway from poverty to self-sufficiency through job training, case management and access to resources and support, including disaster response and recovery. To achieve this goal, United Way collaborates with Homeward 2020, the Northern Colorado Continuum of Care, Talent 2.0 Regional Workforce Strategy and the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Community Engagement - We believe strong communities are characterized by a high level of civic participation.

Our programs and partnerships focus on increasing volunteerism, collaboration across sectors, creating a pipeline of civic leaders and business engagement with the community. United Way partners with the following organizations to recruit, train, place and recognize local volunteers – Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA), Volunteers of America, Points of Light, the City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Colorado Youth for a Change, Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps) as well as nearly 100 nonprofit organizations throughout Larimer County.

Nonprofit Excellence - We believe the nonprofit sector plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a resilient community and that donors’ dollars should be used to fund effective and efficient programs that show results.

Our programs and partnerships coordinate with more than 70 local nonprofits, funding collective impact activities, evaluation of outcomes and data-based reports for donors. Through this focus area, United Way works to increase accountability and transparency while building capacity across the sector.

Colorado Reading Corps - United Way sponsors the Colorado Reading Corps in Larimer County, funding 15 tutors in Thompson School District elementary schools and two tutors in Estes Park School District, working one-on-one with 15-20 students per day to improve their literacy. As a part of this critical program, nearly 800 students are served per year with more 70 percent showing academic progress.


WomenGive and Early Education Community Impact Grants - United Way provides grant funding to nonprofits that move the needle on this critical issue in our community, investing $100,000 in childcare scholarships for low-income families. Additionally, United Way funds three resource navigators in Fort Collins and Loveland as well as a bilingual Parents-as-Teachers program in Estes Park to help identify childcare resources and kindergarten readiness.

Furthermore, United Way of Larimer County’s WomenGive program provides wrap-around case management childcare scholarship to single mothers pursuing a college degree. Since its inception, this program has awarded more than 600 childcare scholarships, serving more than 300 children and 250+ single mothers.


Be Ready - With funding and support from United Way of Larimer County, the Be Ready initiative spearheads important awareness efforts to connect parents to resources they need to prepare their children for school. Be Ready Fairs in Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park serve nearly 1,000 individuals each year.


2-1-1 Information and Referral - United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects thousands of local residents to more than 14,000 community resources statewide, such as housing or utilities assistance, physical or mental health services, assistance finding and obtaining employment and services to address and prevent homelessness.


Financial Stability and Basic Needs Community Impact Grants - United Way of Larimer County focuses on providing financial stability Community Impact grants to organizations that help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency through work retention supports, one-on-one case management, skills training and financial counseling.

By investing nearly $400,000 over the last three years, United Way of Larimer County and its funded partners have more than tripled the number of people with access to employment skills training, including degree and certificate completion. Additionally, the number of individuals participating in programs to increase income has nearly doubled.

Additionally, United Way funds dozens of organizations including Catholic Charities, Crossroads Safehouse and the Murphy Center to ensure that the basic needs of Larimer County residents are being met, allowing them to survive and thrive during times of crisis or on the journey to self-sufficiency. This includes providing funding for thousands of nights of warm beds for emergency winter shelters.

United Way of Larimer County partners with local nonprofits to address community priorities with research-based strategies that deliver long-lasting, community wide change in the areas of educational achievement and financial stability in Larimer County. We are uniquely positioned to achieve this by serving as a convener, bringing together public, nonprofit and private sector resources together to solve local challenges.

With the power of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit, topping the list of “America's Favorite Charities” as determined by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, behind us, as well as more than 60 years of local impact, United Way of Larimer County encourages philanthropy to strengthen the community and provide pathways to success for every child and family.

Engagement Metrics
Number of Total Volunteers Assigned + Referred - 1,566
Number of Volunteer Projects - 170
Number of Agencies Participating - 68
Number of Volunteer Hours - 51,992

Community Support Metrics
Number of Nonprofits Receiving Designations - 360
Number of Larimer County Nonprofits Receiving Designations - 150
Total Value of All Designations - $1,387,327
Total Value of Local Designations - $948,508
Value of Allocations - $690,201

Community Impact Metrics
Number Housed through Winter Shelter Program - 1,016
Number Served through Degree, Certification and Employment Training Programs - 658
Number Served through Employment Skills Programs - 706
Number Served through Programs to Increase Income - 5,201
Children Served through Developmental Screenings - 551
Youth Served through Literacy Programs - 1,776
Parents Reached through Education Programs - 1,108
Children Served by Sliding-Scale Childcare Support - 593
Youth Served through After-School Enrichment Programs - 5,455
Youth Served through Mentoring Programs - 551
Number Served through Family Engagement Activities - 761
Youth Served through Career Exploration Programs - 761

Colorado Reading Corps Metrics
Number of Students Served 692
Number of Students Completing Reading Corps 525
Number of Students Who Made Academic Progress 412

2-1-1 Information and Referral
Number of Contacts in Larimer County 9,341

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, 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 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?

    We provided free or discounted training opportunities to our nonprofit partners and provide a survey after each training. from these surveys, we learn whether or not the information is relevant and valuable to our partners and investigate new opportunities or areas of learning. These surveys help us curate new training content each year, while also improving the pieces of training already in place.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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 OF LARIMER COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 7/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tracy Oldemeyer

Partner, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP

Paul Mueller

Mueller, Pye & Associates

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 03/11/2020

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data