Human Services

United Way Sacramento Area

Ending poverty starts in school

aka United Way California Capital Region   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.yourlocalunitedway.org

Mission

United Way California Capital Region mission is to build stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities. We are dedicated to improving the lives of families and children in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties.

Ruling year info

1971

President & CEO

Mrs. Stephanie Bray

Main address

10389 Old Placerville Road

Sacramento, CA 95827 USA

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EIN

94-1225382

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 4 children in our region live in poverty and United Way California Capital Region is working to change that. We envision neighborhoods within the Capital Region rich with the social determinants of health (SDOH) that allow families to thrive. This means Capital Region families are economically stable; children are prepared for college and career; there is a strong sense of community identity, togetherness, and civic participation; residents have access to healthcare; and a built environment that is affordable, full of recreational options, while being free of crime and pollution. These social determinants of health are woven through all of our programs. We proudly partner with communities in the Capital Region to bring this vision to life.

Our programs

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

The Square One Project

In 2016, United Way California Capital Region launched the Square One Project. Over the next 2 decades, we will significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Sacramento area kids who graduate from college are 62% less likely to live in poverty than those who drop out of high school. Together with our community partners, we provide kids with the tools and resources they need to succeed and help end poverty starting in school. Our Square One Project building blocks for success are: - Keeping kids in school - Setting high expectations - Keeping kids on track - Ensuring strong support

Population(s) Served
Families
K-12 (5-19 years)

In 2016, United Way California Capital Region launched the Square One Project. Over the next 2 decades, we will significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and career. Square One Project initiatives in Woodland will enhance support within the local community and surrounding Yolo County to make lasting change through education. Together with our community partners, we provide kids with the tools and resources they need to succeed and help end poverty starting in school. Our Square One Project building blocks for success are: - Keeping kids in school - Setting high expectations - Keeping kids on track - Ensuring strong support

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

Together with AARP Experience Corps, United Way matches volunteer tutors with students in Kindergarten through third grade to help kids improve their reading skills and become successful, confident readers. Experience Corps volunteers: • Receive training in literacy and classroom management before working with students. • Tutor small groups of two or three students throughout the school year and track their progress. • Volunteer twice a week at a school for two to three hours per day October through May. • Meet monthly with their peers to connect, share best practices and receive additional literacy and classroom management training. If kids aren’t reading at grade level by 4th grade, they will have a hard time keeping up across multiple subjects. Those who fall behind in early grades often stay behind.United Way helps kids stay on track in school and achieve key milestones. After only one year of tutoring, 62% of students, who started below grade level, improved their reading and literacy performance. United Way has 58 volunteer tutors working in 95 classrooms and helping 415 students. Experience Corps is part of United Way's Square One Project, United Way’s commitment to end poverty starting in school.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

This group of dynamic women is dedicated to ensuring local foster youth are prepared for a successful transition to independence and ready for success in life. Women United supports the United Way’s Square One Project, our commitment to end poverty by increasing the number of kids who graduate from high school ready for college and career. Women United members: • Raise funds to support United Way’s foster youth programs including matched savings accounts that help foster youth successfully transition from foster care. • Lead life skills workshops that help foster youth manage personal finances, apply for scholarships, navigate the college systems, and prepare for interviews. • Provide members with meaningful networking and volunteer experiences that enrich our community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
General/Unspecified

United Way's Young Leaders Society (YLS) brings together young professionals who are passionate about ending poverty by helping kids succeed in school. Members support the Square One Project, United Way's 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and career.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Summer STARS ensures that every child in the Sacramento region at risk of falling behind in school stays on track for the next school year and has access to healthy meals and fun learning opportunities throughout the summer months. Summer STARS helps combat the summer slide by offering free educational enrichment programming at 20 convenient neighborhood locations throughout the Sacramento region starting in June through August. Creates a fun and safe summer spot for kids and families in their neighborhood Provides kids with free healthy meal throughout the summer Offers early literacy curriculum and fitness activities designed for Kindergarten through 6th Graders Encourages kids’ participation and attendance with the opportunity to earn weekly STARS badges and Summers STARS backpack at the end of the summer Tracks program impacts with reading assessments at the start and end of the summer Help us keep kids on track for the next school year and ready to achieve with a gift to support United Way’s Summer STARS.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We are working to improve people's lives and build stronger and healthier communities. We know that higher education is key to ending poverty. In fact, kids in our area who graduate from college are 62% less likely to live in poverty than those who drop out of high school. That is why United Way California Capital Region, launched the Square One Project in 2016 - a 20-year commitment to increase the number of kids that graduate from high school ready for college or career. Together, we are working to end poverty starting in school.

We take a holistic approach to education with the understanding that factors outside of the school setting have tremendous impact on a child’s academic performance. We seek to co-power with communities in meeting Square One goals. Our goals are to keep kids in school and on track, set high expectations for what they can accomplish, and ensure their support systems are strong. To accomplish these goals we are building diverse initiatives and programs such as college savings accounts for kindergartners, financial literacy and coaching, improving literacy for early grade readers and providing healthy meals after school. Our work will help kids meet milestones in key areas such as school attendance, kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading, 5th grade proficiency, 6th grade reading and math, successful transition from middle school to high school, college entrance exam scores and other requirements. • We aim to effect "needle moving" change on a community-wide metric, based on the success of our current efforts in health, education, and financial stability • We believe that a long-term multi-layered investment by stakeholders is necessary to achieve success • We believe that cross-sector engagement is essential for community-wide systemic change • We are committed to using measurable data to set the agenda and improve over time • We are committed to having community members as partners, planners, and producers of impact

United Way has dedicated Community Program Officers working on each issue area, soliciting community input, reviewing research and consulting with experts in the field. United Way plays the unique and critical role of convening all of the stakeholders on a particular issue and identifying how we can leverage each other's work, investments, and skills to create a larger impact in the community. We also utilize evaluation and data collection tools data reporting system for our partners who are implementing programs. This allows us to review reports and monitor our investments in the community to ensure the greatest progress possible. Strong community partnerships with the Key stakeholders, government agencies, community-based organizations, nonprofit agencies, policy makers and the business community make it possible for United Way to lead or influence the success of social change solutions.

Our Square One Project steering committee has established key indicators for success and outcomes for our initiatives working with in target school districts. Performance is tracked annually and compares current levels, goal and progress.

In 2016, we officially launched United Way's Square One Project! Over the next 20 years, we will make a significant increase in the number of local kids who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Here are just some of the recent successes: Keep Kids On Track: We help kids reach important educational milestones. - Last year, 58 volunteer reading tutors supported 16 schools with 1,800 volunteer hours thanks to United Way's AARP Experience Corps. - After only one year of tutoring, 62% of students who started below grade level improved their reading, literacy performance. Keep Kids in School: We help kids stay healthy so they can go to school every day ready to learn. - Last year, we served nearly 200,000 healthy meals to local students to fill their bellies and fuel their ability to learn and stay focused. - In 2018, the rate of chronic absenteeism decreased by 26% at Square One Project partner Robla School District. Set High Expectations: We help kids and their families aim high and achieve. - We help make the dream of college a reality by seeding Kindergarten to College Savings Accounts. Ensure Strong Support: We help support families with tools and resources to get ahead and maintain financial stability. - Through our FREE TAX PREP program, we help families file their tax returns for free. - For the 2018 tax year, our volunteers helped 9,000 families save $1.8 million in tax preparation fees and claim $11.3 million in federal refunds.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Way Sacramento Area

Board of directors
as of 5/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Dave Cable

Bank of America

Barry Brundage

US Bank

Julie Quinn

Deloitte

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

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