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Northern Santa Barbara County United Way

Live United.

Santa Maria, CA   |  www.unitedwaylife.org

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Mission

Our mission is to live United by bringing caring people together to solve our community's toughest challenges.

Ruling year info

1961

CEO

Mr. Eddie Taylor

Board President

Mr. Jacob Grossman

Main address

PO Box 947

Santa Maria, CA 93456 USA

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Formerly known as

United Way of the Central Coast

EIN

95-6006513

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literacy 2.0 – What it Means to Us United Way believes education is the foundation for a better life. United Way believes the literacy 2.0 effort will change the lives of thousands of individuals and families as we go to scale. Our process begins with the Imagination Library, in partnership with the Dolly Parton Foundation. Read more below. The Ready 4K and Beyond provides high-quality digital content through age 13. Read more below. The Sammy Rabbit program provides financial literacy curriculum to help children develop savings habits and goals. The Real Cost Measure in our County The Real Cost Measure (RCM) estimates the amount of income required to meet basic needs for a given household type in a specific community. In our county, 43,188 Households are below the Real Cost Measure. The Real Cost Measure builds a bare-bones budget that reflects constrained yet reasonable choices for essential expenses: housing, food, transportation, health care, taxes and child care.

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?

Product Philanthropy

Product Philanthropy in Santa Maria is a vital link between donors of goods and services and local nonprofit agencies operating as a collaborative program of the Northern Santa Barbara County United Way and Path Point-Santa Maria , Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn, Office Depot, Good 360 and many more. Over $1.2 million of quality products collected and re-distributed annually.A wealth of high-quality product and service donations make Product Philanthropy Santa Maria an invaluable resource for qualified non-profit organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Financial Stability Services Partnership -(MyFreeTaxes.org / VITA) was introduced in 2007 and had a $1.5 million community economic impact its first year. The partnership included Alan Hancock College, Cal Poly University, Community Action Commission, Family Service Agency, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, the IRS and numerous community organizations. The partnership has grown and expanded to serve over 1,800 families annually with an economic impact exceeding $6,000,000.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A New Framework to Lift Literacy and Financial Stability
United Way works with a broad range of individuals and organizations in order to identify and resolve pressing community issues. We believe education is the foundation for a better life and the LITERACY 2.O effort will change the lives of thousands of individuals and families.
Northern Santa Barbara County United Way (NSBCUW) is committed to building a stronger community by providing people with opportunities to improve their lives. LITERACY 2.O, our newest initiative, is a unified, collaborative effort to provide a platform for school-aged youth to begin saving/investing with a goal-setting mindset. Keep reading to learn more!
Overview- Sponsors, donors and financial institutions will provide a stable platform for students to realize a financially secure future.
Literacy and family engagement programs offered by United Way provide the resources for personal growth.
www.Literacy20.com

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Home For Good Santa Barbara County supports a Coordinated Entry System, a no-wrong door, countywide system that engages and connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness to the optimal resources for their needs. We believe that everyone deserves a safe place to call home for good.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

AmeriCorps members serve in agencies that help veterans and people experiencing homelessness obtain housing, employment, provide assistance to the formerly homeless and connect them to other mainstream services to increase self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Unemployed people

The challenges that veterans face are too big and complex for any single organization to solve alone. In each of the 1,100 communities we serve in the U.S., we have the relationships and the expertise needed to fight for lasting change that benefits everyone. Through MISSION UNITED™ we fight for those who fought for us. United Way MISSION UNITED™ enables military veterans and their families to successfully acclimate back to civilian life. Veterans can face challenges transitioning from active duty, and too many find themselves homeless, jobless, or unable to access treatment for substance abuse, brain injury, or other physical and mental health issues. MISSION UNITED™ is a free program that coordinates community services for veterans and their families, connecting them to affordable housing, job training, health care and other resources. By forming a coordinated network of community partners, MISSION UNITED™ provides veterans and their families with a single entry point to the help they need. ​

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Imagination Library provides preschoolers with a brand new, age appropriate book every month from birth to kindergarten. More than 50,000 books have been distributed and over 1,000 preschoolers have graduated our Imagination Library thanks to your support.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

Where we work

Awards

Community Engagement Award 2020

EPIC

Affiliations & memberships

Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year 2021

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 meetings with policymakers or candidates

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

Social and economic status, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Home for Good Santa Barbara County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Veterans, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Home for Good Santa Barbara County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of VI-SPDATs conducted throughout Santa Barbara County. Individuals and Families.

Number of books distributed

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

Infants and toddlers, Families, Parents

Related Program

Imagination Library

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Imagination Library is our book distribution program. It is mostly volunteer-run, and we are working to revitalize it.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Product Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Estimation of value of items donated to us through product philanthropy and Stuff the Bus.

Total number of clients experiencing homelessness

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

Homeless people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Home for Good Santa Barbara County

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

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

Age groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

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

Input - describing resources we use

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.

A New Framework to Lift Literacy and Financial Stability
United Way works with a broad range of individuals and organizations in order to identify and resolve pressing community issues. We believe education is the foundation for a better life and the LITERACY 2.O effort will change the lives of thousands of individuals and families.

We also aim to address the issues of homelessness and financial hardships throughout the county through VITA, Home for Good SBC, Mission United, and other programs.

By partnering with child care organizations to distribute high-quality meaningful educational materials to parents and caregivers we are able to begin the process of instilling a love of reading and learning in very young children. The Power readers initiative also incorporates The Imagination Library, providing a brand-new age appropriate book to every registered preschooler from birth until their fifth birthday. The books are sent free of charge directly to the child's home in their name each month. The third step in the process is our Power Readers program in partnership with local school districts and community-based organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA. Reading Plus, the software program utilized, develops silent reading fluency with comprehension.

United Way is recognized as a leading philanthropic organization focused on initiatives in three areas - Education, Financial Stability and Health. Working from the organizations core structure of workplace campaigns, engaging small and large businesses we are able to develop long-term relationships with donors to support the 10 year goals of the organization. Our partnerships with local school districts, colleges and universities as well as the frontline agencies delivering services to the community enhance our ability to build long-term relationships with corporate and individual donors. Our dedicated staff provides the leadership and training of the volunteers in the community who interact with the children and adults wherever services are being provided. The Northern Santa Barbara County United Way has been in business for over 50 years, is well-funded and positioned as a leader in local philanthropy focused on education and financial stability.

The intended impact of the Power Readers initiative to increase the number of students reading at grade level in every grade. Results of the surveys show students engaged in the power reading program stating "I could easily understand what I read" increasing from 29% before to 74% after participating in the program for 12 to 20 weeks. Most students (86%-96%) state they feel like they are better readers, they read more often and they would like to continue in the power reading program if they need additional help. Our focus will be on "seizing the middle ground" to reach our goal of increasing the number of students reading at grade level by concentrating on students in 4th - 8th grade. This will assure that students are reading at grade level when they enter the 7th grade and be much better prepared for the rigors of middle school and high school. Our work in the area of financial stability has a stated goal of cutting the number of financially unstable families in half by 2020.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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?

    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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Northern Santa Barbara County United Way

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Scott Santella

Central Coast Solar

Term: 2019 -

Mike Cordero

Government/Law Enforcement

Philip Sinco

Law

Scott Santella

Solar / Business

Jacob Grossman

Construction

Edward Schiff

Chamber of Commerce

Claudia Ortiz

Mechanics Bank

Sarah Strommen

Self-employed

Ben Alaniz

PPBI

Terri Leifeste

SM Times

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 8/26/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/26/2023

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

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 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 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.