Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

United Way of Anchorage

United we fight. United we win.

Anchorage, AK   |  http://www.liveunitedanc.org

Mission

United Way of Anchorage mobilizes people and resources to make lasting, measurable changes in our community to improve lives. Our priorities are successful, prepared kids; strong, financially stable families; access to medical care for all; and a community making healthy lifestyle choices. United Way invites you to join the movement.

Ruling year info

1961

President

Michele Brown

Main address

701 W. 8th Avenue Suite 230

Anchorage, AK 99501 USA

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EIN

92-0027948

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Strong Anchorage Families

It is our goal that all Anchorage residents are housed, financially stable and have the opportunity to increase their income and save for the future – to build a sustainable and hopeful life in our community. When individuals or families are in financially precarious positions their health is impacted as well as their opportunities – being unable to afford healthcare or education options that could advance their career can keep them from achieving financial stability.

Population(s) Served
Adults

United Way of Anchorage believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Because about 80% of the factors for student success are community based, we build, support and sustain partnerships that create community solutions. Nearly a decade ago, we changed our business model and began pulling the community together with a key focus on youth success.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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.

Mobilize cross sector entities to unite around shared goals and strategically align their practices for better results and continuous improvement.

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

Families,Children and youth (0-19 years),Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have had 201 organizations and businesses highly engaged in our 90% Graduation 2020 initiative, working on homelessness and financial stability, and working to improve access to healthcare.

Mobilize dollars and invest most strategically for positive change in our community.

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

Adults,Families,Children and youth (0-19 years)

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total support received in fiscal year 2019, ended June 30, 2019.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

It is our goal that all Anchorage residents are housed, financially stable and have the opportunity to increase their income and save for the future – to build a sustainable and hopeful life in our community. <br/>United Way of Anchorage believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Because about 80% of the factors for student success are community based, we build, support and sustain partnerships that create community solutions. Our goals in this area include 90% graduation rate, 90% of children are kindergarten ready, 90% of 8th grade students are proficient in math - by the year 2020.<br/>Within our health focus, our goal is to ensure that all Anchorage residents have access to healthcare, are supported in making healthy choices and are practicing healthy behaviors.<br/>To support the basic needs of our community, we are focused on the big picture and all of the integrated supports needed to keep families warm, housed and fed.

We work to mobilize the community - businesses, government, agencies, faith based organizations, individuals - to leverage resources to solve the complex problems we face together. No one program or agency can solve the issues. By working together in networks, we can share data, develop solutions and reach more people to create positive change and improve systems that will lead to long term change.

Our teams are focused in specific areas - education, income and health - staffed by individuals who are well versed in the challenges our community faces and competent in bringing the needed groups to the table to facilitate systemic changes, coordinate delivery of supports and solutions, and track data/outcomes. Our knowledge of the issues and relationships with the organizations needed to address them allow us to drive significant change at a level that could not be achieved otherwise.

We track data for all of the areas, milestones and goals we have in place. We are constantly monitoring progress, adjusting tactics as needed and committed to continuous improvement in our methods to achieve our goals. Seeing the 'needles' move in right direction tells us when we are making progress and when we need to make changes to our work.

The graduation rate in Anchorage has increased from 59% to 80.2% since 2005.<br/>Saved 5,132 Anchorage residents an estimated $1,026,400 in tax prep fees in 2015.<br/>Delivered an estimated $7.5 Million in tax refunds in 2015.<br/>Increased the number of insured Anchorage residents by 7% last year.<br/>Got the local and state government to make 'solving chronic homelessness' a priority.<br/>Increased the number of elementary school children who are active at least 3 times per week by over 700%.

Financials

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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? Yes

Keywords

community collaboration, mobilizing and maximizing resources, focused on outcomes