Valley of the Sun United Way

At United Way we are fighting to break the cycle of poverty for every child, individual, and family in Maricopa County.

Phoenix, AZ   |  http://www.vsuw.org

Mission

Valley of the Sun United Way envisions a community where every child, family and individual is healthy, has a safe place to live, and has every opportunity to succeed in school, in life and in work. As we work with our community, corporate and nonprofit partners to implement MC2026, our five-year plan for Mighty Change, we will put all of our efforts toward reaching bold goals for Maricopa County in Health, Housing and Homelessness, Education and Workforce Development. We invite you to join us. www.vsuw.org

Ruling year info

1954

President & CEO

Mrs. Carla Vargas Jasa

Main address

3200 E. Camelback Rd, Ste 375

Phoenix, AZ 85018 USA

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EIN

86-0104419

NTEE code info

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

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Our programs

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Valley of the Sun United Way

Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, business supporters, nonprofits, government and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. Because of our 90,000 donors, 400 business supporters and 5,000 volunteers we can help break the cycle of poverty together. No other organization unites as many people to fight poverty in as many ways.

There’s no one way to break the cycle of poverty. That is why United Way isn’t a single issue organization. We pull together the most promising organizations across Maricopa County that provide comprehensive support in three key portfolio areas: Fight for Kids, Fight for Families and Fight for Neighborhoods.

In partnership with 140 exceptional local programs, United Way invests your gift to address the multiple causes of poverty in the Valley with a track record of measurable success

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

We believe all children and youth deserve every opportunity to succeed. Your donation provides families with access to affordable quality
childcare and early education, quality after-school and out-of-school time programs so parents can work, and at-home learning materials,
programs and tutoring to help kids read at grade level.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

By providing emergency meals, food delivery to seniors and filling meal gaps for students, we are able to address the immediate need of
being able to put food on the table.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Your support provides vital essentials such as masks, sanitizers and diapers, as well as emergency rent, utilities and other financial assistance that maintains family stability.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Homelessness in Maricopa County is on the rise. Each situation is different and there isn’t just one solution. Your donation provides
emergency shelter and support services for individuals living in permanent supportive housing.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Your support addresses the hunger, homelessness, financial stability, education and emerging needs
of our neighbors. We’re partnering with nonprofits and schools so they can meet the increased and changing needs brought on by
the COVID-19 pandemic.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

School Readiness

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Totals By Year
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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

# of parents and caregivers that complete education sessions =1935 in 2020. % of parents and caregivers that gain knowledge from School Readiness Kits =93% in 2020.

Ending Homelessness

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Ending Hunger

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We promote and invest in Breakfast in the Classroom to ensure all students have access to breakfast on school days = in 2020 VSUW supported 7 schools, serving 4045 students.

Financial Stability

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In FY20, 48 people graduated Financial Coaching, 3,811 clients received coaching, and 3,210 acheived key outcomes to improving their financial stability.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) works with key partners to help break the cycle of poverty by focusing on education, homelessness, hunger, financial stability, and community empowerment.

Goals within these areas of focus include:

-Ensure children are ready for kindergarten
-Ensure children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade
-Ensure students can successfully graduate high school and be college and career ready
-Connect individuals who have experienced long-term homelessness with permanent supportive housing and on-site support
-Connect families at risk of homelessness with resources to provide ongoing stability
-Ensure students in need have access to regular, healthy meals throughout the school year
-Ensure families in need have access to emergency food resources
-Help individuals and families in low-income households achieve financial stability
-Co-create solutions with targeted communities to improve conditions, so individuals and families can thrive and grow

VSUW employs many strategies, such as:

Education: improving child care by training educators and parents; providing early grade literacy support; embedding literacy activities in summer youth programs; and creating a robust cradle to career pipeline so students succeed in school and life.

Homelessness: supporting emergency shelter and diversion efforts; providing housing stability and support to families; providing permanent supportive housing to those experiencing chronic homelessness; and providing events to connect individuals to vital resources.

Hunger: supporting emergency food efforts; providing support to schools to run breakfast programs and provide weekend meals to students in need.

Financial Stability: providing financial coach training to individuals working with clients struggling with poverty.

Community Empowerment: working with communities on solutions that best fit their needs, like school beautification projects, food literacy workshops, and community gardens.

VSUW has a talented pool of experts in early childhood education, youth development, financial stability, and hunger and homeless services. These experts lead “Community Impact" staff teams that collaborate with partner agencies and initiate and direct VSUW-driven programs to serve the health and human service needs of people across the region.

VSUW's strength is in its collaborative approach. By working in collaboration with more than 400 local organizations, 5,000 volunteers, and tens of thousands of individual donors, VSUW is able to make tremendous strides in its efforts to break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors.

VSUW’s recent accomplishments include:

1- Approximately 12,000 School Readiness Kits distributed to parents and caregivers to prepare children for success in school.
2- More than 1,000 school-age youth participated in academic reinforcing activities in summer programs.
3- More than 1,000 school-age youth provided literacy support through online reading and tutoring platform.
4- Served more than 3,800 people at Project Connect events, focused on providing critical services for those experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
5- Distributed more than 19,000 Weekend Hunger Backpacks to youth from low-income households.
6- Assisted more than 35,000 individuals in receiving SNAP and WIC benefits through DES.
7- Assisted more than 7,400 individuals with job training and employment.
8- More than 7,000 individuals received financial coaching.
9- Trained 70 community members to be food and financial literacy trainers.
10- Worked with community to build 60 new garden beds.

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Valley of the Sun United Way

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Jenny Holsman Tetreault

US Foods

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. John Graham

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Term: 2020 - 2021

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Hope Levin (H)

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Todd Sanders (H)

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Christine Wilkinson

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Chris Camacho

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Steve Evans

Chad Geston, Ed.D.

Phoenix Union High School District

Neil Giuliano

Greater Phoenix Leadership

Maria Harper-Marinick, PH.D.

Ken Levine

Laura LoBianco

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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 3/14/2021,

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