United Way of Jackson County, Inc.

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aka United Way of Jackson County   |   Medford, OR   |  www.unitedwayofjacksoncounty.org

Mission

Our mission: Mobilize caring to affect change. At its core, United Way of Jackson County believes people are connected and interdependent. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We all win when children form healthy attachments through a loving family, when they succeed in school, graduate and make successful transitions to adult responsibilities. We all win when families are financially stable, when people have good health, when people have a place to live, and when people are engaged and connected. We all win when people have access to transportation to pursue education, access to medical services and work. Through our role as convenor, facilitator and advocate, our goal is to create long lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of problems.

Ruling year info

1998

CEO/Executive Director

Ms. Dee Anne Everson

Main address

60 Hawthorne St.

Medford, OR 97504 USA

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Formerly known as

United Good Neighbors of Jackson County

EIN

93-0576632

NTEE code info

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At its core, United Way of Jackson County believes people are connected and interdependent. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We all win when children form healthy attachments through a loving family, when they succeed in school, graduate and make successful transitions to adult responsibilities. We all win when families are financially stable, when people have good health, and when people are engaged and connected. We all win when people have transportation to pursue education, access to medical services and work. Through our role as convener, facilitator and advocate, our goal is to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of problems. This belief forms the foundation for our strategies for education, income, health and transportation.

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?

Big Idea Next

Big Idea Next focuses on students enrolled in alternative programs and schools throughout Jackson County. We publish Alternative Times with student-led content, have a job shadowing program and barrier busting efforts to motivate, inspire and cajole students to high school completion.

Population(s) Served
Students

In This Together is a multi-year suicide prevention campaign targeting the residents of Southern Oregon and Northern California. KOBI-TV/NBC5 and United Way of Jackson County, along with our community partners, will use broadcast, web and social media to focus on mental wellness and suicide prevention.

In This Together seeks to break down the stigma and reports on suicide in a safe way. Safe doesn’t mean censoring things. It just means that the person’s suicidal thoughts or actions should not be romanticized, shamed, or exploited. Our mission: To offer a steady hand, guiding those in need to the light of hope. We intend to ensure that everyone knows there is ALWAYS someone to talk to.

In 2022, the project was nominated for a NW Regional Emmy Award for Community Outreach and an NAB Foundation Service to America Award.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

United Way of Jackson County launched our fire fund on September 8, 2020, the day the Almeda and South Obenchain Fires destroyed the homes, businesses and lives of thousands of Jackson County residents. Since that day, we have received more than $4.5 million with donations from all 50 states and 7 foreign countries. We have invested more than $4.2 million to date (May 2022).

We helped found the Jackson County Community Long Term Recovery Group (JCC LTRG) and chair the Unmet Needs Table to bring broad community involvement in helping fire survivors. The JCC LTRG is taking the lead in the rebuild of our community and United Way is represented on the Board of Directors.

Population(s) Served
Victims of disaster

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 media partnerships developed

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

In This Together

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In This Together is a multi-year suicide prevention campaign partnership between KOBI-TV/NBC5 and United Way of Jackson County.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

United Way’s goal in education is increasing high school completion for students in alternative education programs. Our income goal is to increase financial stability for families and individuals by assisting with tax preparation and use of existing tax credits and by offering emergency assistance for those in need through Hope Chest, our community emergency fund. Our health goal is to maximize wellness in our community. Our transportation goal is to reduce barriers to transportation for low income, people with disabilities and aging populations.

Our education program, the Big Idea Next, links and leverages all existing services to encourage, cajole, motivate students in alternative education programs to complete high school. We have had remarkable success partnering with education, business, nonprofits and individuals to create change for the lives of these students and their families. Graduation rates are increasing dramatically. We partner with Oregon Health Sciences University at Southern Oregon University to provide student nurses to do a health risk assessment survey each year to collect data year on drop out risk, safety at school and in the home, mental health status and other self-reported issues.

Our income strategy is to promote financial stability and advance economic opportunity for low-income taxpayers and families through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and with Hope Chest, our emergency assistance program. We operate a VITA site which has returned more than $3.5 million to our valley in Earned Income, Child Care and Education tax credits. Our emergency assistance fund helps families in dire situations with up to $1000 per year with rent, utilities, car repairs, mental health therapy, etc.

Our health strategy is to maximize wellness with our partner organizations by focusing on reducing child abuse, providing drug and alcohol treatment and preventing suicide. We have great success with public service campaigns that work to improve lives and change discourse on social issues in our community, most notably suicide prevention with our "In This Together" campaign.

Our transportation strategy is to reduce barriers to transportation for aging populations, people with disabilities and people with low income. We partner with our local transit district and paratransit to provide reduced rates, and opportunities for these populations.

Our staff is structured to both deliver services and engage deeply in community collaborations to deliver on our mission to mobilize caring to affect change. We have an office manager, an accounting clerk, a translator/interpreter program director, two community impact directors, a campaign/new media director, a chief financial officer and CEO/executive director. We are active in funding over 30 programs and 19 strategic partnerships focused on the building blocks of a good life. Our organization is 65 years old and has a strong reputation throughout the community. We have eight staff and 27 board members, along with 1,500 volunteers, serving on committees and councils addressing issues from public policy and DEI to our annual giving campaign and annual Day of Caring volunteer service events.

United Way of Jackson County has had many accomplishments over the years. We are the only United Way in the country to have won an Emmy Award for our public service campaign on child abuse awareness. In 2019, we purchased, remodeled, moved in and completed our first ever capitol campaign in less than seven months to purchase our first permanent home. We received an award from IRS for running an unfunded VITA site in partnership with another nonprofit and a for profit corporation. While awards and recognition are great, the work is what matters. We have moved the needle on graduation up from 61% when we started the Big Idea to having nearly 90% on track to graduate in our 2020 co-hort. We have increased awareness and reporting on child abuse through our prevention campaign. We have changed the discourse and reduced the stigma on mental illness with our anti-stigma campaign and had one of the most popular social media campaigns in Oregon’s history with our Shatter The Silence suicide awareness campaign. Our current suicide prevention program, In This Together, continues upon that success and reaches well over 1,000,000 people in the region. Our goal is connect people who need help with people who can help. And we remain focused on delivering on our mission of mobilizing caring to affect change.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting 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 Jackson County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Aaron Hoefling

First Interstate Bank

Term: 2021 - 2022

Brande Cowden

People's Bank of Commerce

Julie Barry

Ruch Outdoor Community School

Amy Belkin

Teresa McCormick Center

Charley Bolen

Hornecker Cowling, LLP

Steve Erb

People's Bank of Commerce

Andy Farber

Cambia/Regence BCBS of Oregon

Aaron Hoefling

First Interstate Bank

Rev. Christina Kukuk

Community Volunteer

Cathy Noah

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

Lance Reyes

Propel Insurance

Sue Slack

Community Volunteer

Mariah Smith

Rogue Credit Union

Becky Snyder

Community Volunteer

Don Kania

Community Volunteer

Tim Clayton

US Bank

Chris DuBose

First Interstate Bank

Bret Champion

Medford School District 549C

Dan Thorndike

Medford Fabrication

John Howard

Community Volunteer

Rebecca Smith

Community Volunteer

Rebecca Vega

St. Mary's School

Frank Lucas

Community Volunteer

D.L. Richardson

Southern Oregon Education Service District

Robb Mayers

Outlier Construction

Brenda Doggett

Community Volunteer

Seanne McVarish

McVarish Interiors

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 5/26/2022

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2021

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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.