United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties

We all win when we Live United.

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

Mission

United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties improves lives and strengthens communities. We build collaborations and raise funds 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.

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)

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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 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 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 the financial stability of parents and caregivers to create stabile environments in which children can be healthy and safe. For parents and caregivers, this includes job skill development and employment readiness support; health, mental health, and behavioral health; and parenting skills development.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We invest in high performing, local non-profits who provide a safety net for families. We tackle big issues like homelessness, hunger, violence and abuse, and recovery from disaster (fire, flood, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults
Family relationships

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

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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 organization builds 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.

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.

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 58,000 people in 2020.

We recognize that we will never have enough money in our community to meet all of our community's needs. So, our next goal is 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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children, youth, parents, and caregivers within Benton and Franklin Counties, WA.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have updated and expanded our funding processes to support the inclusion of new and small nonprofits. We have a specific investment that targets gaps in services impacted by racial inequities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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,

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 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rick Holmes

Waste Treatment Completion Company

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Dan Legard

City of Kennewick

Term: 2021 - 2021

Scott Booth

Bechtel

Nick Bumpaous

Local 598 Union

Spain Abney

NuScale Power

Charlie Drader

HomeStreet Bank

Laura Eder

St. Michelle Wine Estates

Randy Hayden

Port of Pasco

Sandra Haynes

Washington State University

Jason Hogue

American Family Insurance

Jerry Holloway

Consultant

Diahann Howard

Port of Benton

Sarah Hysjulien

Spokane Teachers Credit Union

Gail Johnsen

Faith Assembly Church

Lisa Larson

Consultant

Keri Lobdell

Columbia Basin College

Tracie Pierce

Kennewick School District

Charles Simpson

Washington River Protection Solutions

Mike Sinclair

Consultant

John Sinclair

Trios Health

Brian Stickney

US Dept of Energy

Scott Vance

Energy Northwest

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 09/14/2021

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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.