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United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties

We mobilize communities so all can thrive.

aka United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties   |   Kennewick, WA   |  http://www.uwbfco.org

Mission

We focus on ensuring safe, healthy, positive futures for all local kids. We do this through programs that support student success and through grants to local nonprofit organizations who fill gaps in critical services for children and their parents/caregivers in Benton and Franklin Counties, WA.

Notes from the nonprofit

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives and strengthens communities. We build collaborations with individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to address challenges that no one agency can solve alone to provide the building blocks of opportunity—education, income and health—that every person needs to thrive. Together, we’re solving our region’s biggest problems and creating lasting change. Statement of Values Integrity We apply fairness and high ethical standards in stewarding the resources entrusted to us by our community. We intentionally approach our work with respect, compassion, and transparency. Accountability We identify local needs, create goals, measure results, report impact, and continually work to improve as we invest donors’ money wisely to address our region’s toughest challenges. Community We actively seek diverse perspectives, listen, convene experts, engage champions, and seek and apply innovative solutions to fight for a safe, healthy future for every p

Ruling year info

1959

President & CEO

Dr. LoAnn Ayers

Main address

401 N. Young St.

Kennewick, WA 99336 USA

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EIN

91-0682177

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our bi-county areas is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Growing levels of poverty and social inequity creates barriers to the health, safety, and life stability of too many members of our community. Our goal is to create healthier, safer futures for all of our children to provide the platform for sustainable communities.

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?

Student Success

To increase our region's high school graduation rate, we sponsor a kindergarten readiness program; offer an on-site mentoring mentoring program, focusing on chronically absent students in local middle schools; AND we make strategic grants to support the educational success of child and youth. This includes early learning, learning loss recovery, support for disabilities, before- and after-school learning, STEM education, mentoring, work-ready skills development, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our goal is that all children will have access to affordable care they need to be safe and healthy. This includes:
*Resiliency, social, and emotional skills development.
*Health, mental health, and behavioral health (including suicide prevention, prenatal care for teen moms, and reducing youth obesity).
*Support for children and youth with special needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Adolescent parents
Pregnant people

Our goal is to support parents and caregivers in providing stabile environments in which children can be healthy and safe. For parents and caregivers, this includes access to basic needs and parenting skills development.

Population(s) Served
Parents

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 organizational partners

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

Age groups, Caregivers, Parents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Estimated number of funding dollars secured for the sector

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Parents, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

We focus our direct work and grants on addressing the areas of greatest need for local children and their parents/caregivers. This includes support for family systems, parent success, student success, and the health and wellness of children.

We intentionally seek input from across our community. We listen. We gather and track data on 35 key metrics to identify changes, each year, that signify community progress or lack of progress in meeting challenges in basic needs, education, child and youth success, health and financial stability.

Then, we use this collective input to shape our grant-making to co-fund strategic solutions to our communities' areas of greatest need for children and their parents/caregivers.

Since 1958, we've built collaborations and convened broad-sector partners to co-create and implement strategies to address the current, urgent needs of locals and to pursue sustainable community change that attacks the root causes of poverty and social inequities.

Together, we have fed, housed, educated, and provided key support for over 48,000 people in 2023.

We recognize that we will never have enough money in our community to meet all of our community's needs. So, we continue to co-create strategies to combat the impact of the pandemic on children and their families to address root causes that interfere with a healthy, productive future for our future customers and future employees--the future of our communities.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable 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 Benton & Franklin Counties

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Hayden

Port of Pasco

Term: 2024 - 2024

Scott Booth

Bechtel

Charlie Drader

Umpqua Bank

Laura Eder

St. Michelle Wine Estates

Randy Hayden

Port of Pasco

Jerry Holloway

Consultant

Sarah Hysjulien

STCU

Gail Johnsen

Faith Assembly Church

Tracie Pierce

Kennewick School District

Charles Simpson

Washington River Protection Solutions

Mike Sinclair

Consultant

John Amundson

City of Richland

Kena Chase

Lourdes Health Network

Chris Guerrero

City of Kennewick

Amy Hayfield

Washington River Protection Solutions

Mike Sheridan

Waste Treatment Plant

Leslie Streeter

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Amy Christensen

Community member

Billy Gunn

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Chris Guerrero

City of Kennewick

Jeff Markillie

Waste Treatment Plant

Corey Osborn

Columbia Basin College

Cristina Reyff

Energy Northwest

Tommy Ryon

Bechtel

Richa Sigdel

City of Pasco

Seth Worley

UAW Local 598

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 2/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/11/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.