United Way of Clallam County

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To strengthen our community by helping people to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

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Chief Executive Officer

Christy Smith

Main address

PO Box 937

Port Angeles, WA 98362 USA

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NTEE code info

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

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Community Foundations (T31)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1952, the United Way has been advancing the common good in Clallam County by investing in the building blocks of a good life - Education, Financial Stability and Health. In addition, we fund several Community Impact Projects - Get It Done Fund, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Clallam Resilience Project, and Community Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work.

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?

Fundraising Campaign

Raise money locally and distribute to local health and human care agencies and Community Impact Initiatives. Contract with local Foundations and governmental agencies to help distribute their human service dollars, manage United Way of Clallam County Community Foundation.

Population(s) Served

The Clallam Community Foundation is a way for people to leave a permanent legacy for health and human care needs in Clallam County. The Foundation is a permanent endowment fund which helps to strengthen local non-profit agencies and helps people give to our community.

Donors may establish a named fund to honor a loved one. Family members, friends or others may be appointed as advisors to make recommendations for distributions from the fund. The Clallam County Foundation helps identify missions and verify the charitable status of the organizations you may want to support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.

After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

In December of 2020, United Way of Clallam County partnered with North Olympic Library Foundation and North Olympic Library System to start a local affiliate of The Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Population(s) Served

The Clallam Resilience Project is a consortium of over 50 organizations working together to foster resiliency for our residents, organizations, community, and systems. Using research from the NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resiliency) sciences, we provide opportunities to connect, learn, and educate on how and why to apply trauma sensitive care county wide.

The Clallam Resilience Project hosts monthly community meetings, NEAR science trainings, and celebrates Resiliency Month each October.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

United Way of Clallam County is leaning into our role as a community leader and seeking ways to build equity and impact throughout the nonprofit sector and into the larger community of Clallam County. Our Community Impact work partners and supports Clallam County’s nonprofit and human service agencies to advance our strategic focus of addressing community needs. Our vision for equity leads us through a journey that is both inward facing and outward focused and is broken into three initiatives – Building an Anti-Racist Organization, Equity in Grantmaking, and Community Convenings.

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 organizational partners

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

Adults, Children and youth

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.

Our Goals are:
• To strengthen our communities by enhancing the ability of people to live safe, healthy, and productive lives
• To remain the premier fundraising group in our community for human service needs
• To work with the community to provide leadership in meeting human service needs
• To help people give to our community
• To be a constructive voice for human service needs in Clallam County

The United Way of Clallam County provides opportunities for community members to give, advocate, and volunteer.

In order to help all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, we support programs in Education that promote academic achievement, we advance Economic Mobility by helping everyone achieve greater financial stability, and we promote good Health by partnering to maximize physical and mental health and well-being across all of Clallam County.

We fund over 20 Partner Agencies with annual allocations which come from undesignated donations to United Way. In addition, we distribute funds to non-partner agencies and other charities as directed by our donors through the designation process.

We also manage the Clallam Community Foundation, that accepts bequests of all kinds, including remainder trusts and donor driven funds.

Incorporated in Clallam County since 1952, United Way of Clallam County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors, and managed by four full-time employees. Hundreds of volunteers county-wide give of their time and talents to United Way and our Partner Agencies.

Over the past few years, United Way of Clallam County:
• Invested over $1,421,550 in our community including $253,540 in COVID-19 Response Funds
• Established the Early Education Fund, a partnership with our local community college, Peninsula College, so that students with barriers preventing them from graduating from the Early Education Program could stay in the program and finish.
• Grew Youth United, a program through which high school students who volunteer 145 hours or more can receive their varsity letter, to each high school in Clallam County

These are just a few of the great things that the United Way of Clallam County has accomplished recently, but the work doesn't stop there.

United Way of Clallam County’s strategic vision includes strengthening partnerships with and increasing support of nonprofit/human service agencies to advance our strategic focus of addressing community needs, including:
• Access to safe & affordable housing,
• Support for strong and secure families and safe/nurturing environments,
• Access to lifelong learning to ensure a strong workforce,
• Advance efforts to create more equitable outcomes for our priority populations.
• Staying responsive to community needs as they arise.

We recognize that the pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated persistent challenges many children, families, and communities experienced pre-COVID-19 due to race, geography, income, and other factors. United Way of Clallam County is dedicated to investing both in immediate needs and in making strategic changes to address inequities and disparities throughout our County.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


United Way of Clallam County

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United Way of Clallam County

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amie Batton

Peninsula College

John Albiso

US Navy, Retired

Olaf Baumann

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Bill Benedict

Clallam County

Kristen DeCou

Modern Refresh

Jennifer Dyrseth

Olympic Medical Center

Tyler Johnson

Edward Jones

Jo Johnston

Arrow Marine

Pauline Marvin

Peninsula College

Grant Munro

Munro LLC

Michelle Olsen

Port Angeles School District

Meredith Parker


Tammy Rux

First Federal

Glenn Smithson

7 Cedars Casino

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/1/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

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

  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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 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.