Monadnock United Way

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Monadnock United Way

EIN: 02-0236885


Founded in 1952, the Monadnock United Way is an autonomous and independent organization governed by a Board of community members. Our accountability is to our local donors and volunteers. Although the Monadnock United Way is best known for conducting an annual campaign which provides funding for needed services to people in the region, community building represents an equally major effort. Monadnock United Way collaborates with a variety of partners to help identify and address emerging issues and specific human service needs. These partners include social service providers, foundations, local government, education and the medical community.

Ruling year info



Liz LaRose

Main address

23 Center St

Keene, NH 03431 USA

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Formerly known as

Keene Community Chest



Subject area info


Human services

Population served info

Infants and toddlers

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For more than 65 years, Monadnock United Way has been committed to creating better lives for all in our region. Our five-year strategic plan provides a roadmap for investing in our community. Together, we will create lasting change by supporting strategies that are innovative, promising and measurable. Historically, we have invested in programs. Today, we begin a new way of investing — by focusing on issues such as child neglect, lack of education and the need for living wages — while helping to ensure that foundational needs, such as food and shelter, are available for those in need.

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?

Impact Monadnock

Impact Monadnock is the impact initiative of Monadnock United Way dedicated to supporting the region’s young children and families.

Impact Monadnock was founded in 2015. It merged with Monadnock United Way (MUW) on July 18, 2017. Impact Monadnock was created in response to research indicating that increasing support for early childhood development can have a powerful impact on the region’s long-term success in areas as broad as child well-being and the ability to graduate and earn a living in this region.

With the strength of Impact Monadnock’s strategies and outreach, our mission is to prepare children age 0-8 for academic, career and life success. It is critical that young children are given the opportunity to learn at an early age. The importance of preschool in developing social, emotional, cognitive and speech skills is well-documented; those that have these learning opportunities are more likely to succeed in life, and become a vital part of their community’s success.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

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 organizations applying for grants

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

Children and youth, Caregivers, Parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

4 of our funded collectives represent 21 agencies or programs.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


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.

We unite people from all sectors of the Monadnock Region to solve problems in our community. We believe that when we work together, we make all our region’s communities stronger. The problems challenging us are complex; they are issues that no single organization or individual alone can solve.

Monadnock United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. United Way has the networks, partnerships and strategic initiatives to improve the lives of our family, friends and neighbors.

Real change is possible when nonprofit, public and private sectors team up to work together. Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us.

We invest strategically in programs and collective initiatives we believe will achieve specific outcomes in our three focus areas: Children, Education and Financial Stability. In addition to the focus areas, MUW invests in programs that meet the basic needs of community members: food, shelter, heat and transportation.

We invite individual agencies and collective initiatives that align with one or more of our focus areas to submit funding proposals. Funding recommendations are made by our Investment Review Teams — groups of volunteers who spend more than 100 hours each year reviewing, analyzing and evaluating all grant applications for the most effective and promising solutions that support our focus areas.

We also directly fund Impact Monadnock, MUW’s signature early childhood initiative focused on children 0-8 and their families.

All our investments must align with the vision outlined in our community-backed strategic plan, and must be approved by our Board of Directors. The vision for each focus area is as follows:

Children: Community children live in safe, nurturing, healthy homes and communities.
Education: Community members receive an education that enables them to achieve their fullest potential.
Financial stability: Community members have the financial resources they need to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Key internal resources and capabilities include: staff, campaign and grant revenue, office space, technology, leadership and expertise.

Key external resources and capabilities include: networks of partnerships with local non-profits, foundations/philanthropic organizations, businesses, volunteers, academic institutions, policymakers and advocates for community well-being.

MUW invests in experienced staff with specialties in resource development, community impact, volunteerism and communications. Each year, MUW's dynamic resource development team raises funds through a community campaign, foundation support, grants and other opportunities. MUW's community impact team manages an annual request for proposals process for human service non-profits seeking funding; the team engages and manages community volunteers who review funding proposals and make investment recommendations. Over MUW's history, it has continually refined and strengthened its resource development and allocations practices and processes to both meet community needs and increase the organization's efficiencies.

Community Investments
MUW invests in programs and initiatives that impact the lives of thousands of citizens in need.
- More than 2,600 individuals received support services like home visiting, parent education, and social engagement opportunities through the alliance for families collective
- 371 community members received life saving emergency shelter and basic needs essentials through the emergency housing collective
- 900+ children accessed structured afterschool academic enrichment, physical fitness, nutritional and life skill programming through the afterschool collective
- 2000+ neighbors received fresh food and produce regularly through the food pantries collective

MUW seeks to grow the impact of its funded partners by supporting system-building collaborations and increased efficiencies across the region's non-profits.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Monadnock United Way
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31.94 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Monadnock United Way

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Monadnock United Way

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Monadnock United Way

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Monadnock United Way’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$15,924 -$251,781 $140,781 $260,656 $263,777
As % of expenses -0.8% -13.1% 7.6% 17.8% 14.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$19,641 -$255,524 $136,587 $257,429 $258,011
As % of expenses -1.0% -13.3% 7.3% 17.6% 14.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,683,843 $1,688,459 $2,067,755 $2,296,861 $1,504,107
Total revenue, % change over prior year -7.6% 0.3% 22.5% 11.1% -34.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.8% 98.6% 99.4% 99.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 1.4% 0.6% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,882,670 $1,922,558 $1,856,855 $1,460,586 $1,773,232
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.9% 2.1% -3.4% -21.3% 21.4%
Personnel 23.8% 25.2% 19.3% 19.9% 26.7%
Professional fees 1.2% 2.3% 0.9% 1.1% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.8% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 62.3% 60.8% 65.6% 51.7% 41.0%
All other expenses 12.2% 11.1% 13.8% 26.6% 30.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,886,387 $1,926,301 $1,861,049 $1,463,813 $1,778,998
One month of savings $156,889 $160,213 $154,738 $121,716 $147,769
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $7,418 $0 $5,190 $14,880 $10,510
Total full costs (estimated) $2,050,694 $2,086,514 $2,020,977 $1,600,409 $1,937,277

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.4 8.3 11.5 17.1 16.4
Months of cash and investments 10.4 8.3 11.5 17.1 16.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.0 4.3 5.4 8.8 9.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,630,360 $1,337,400 $1,773,500 $2,079,073 $2,417,474
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $767,807 $830,451 $684,946 $1,140,287 $496,923
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $191,363 $192,061 $196,915 $211,795 $222,306
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 89.7% 91.3% 91.0% 86.2% 84.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.9% 6.1% 8.0% 4.1% 3.3%
Unrestricted net assets $965,776 $710,252 $846,839 $1,104,268 $1,362,279
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,566,404 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,566,404 $1,616,296 $1,722,804 $2,360,315 $1,782,070
Total net assets $2,532,180 $2,326,548 $2,569,643 $3,464,583 $3,144,349

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Liz LaRose

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Monadnock United Way

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Monadnock United Way

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Edward Guyot

John G. Burk & Associates

Term: 2021 - 2023

Board co-chair

Katie Sutherland


Term: 2022 - 2023

Alex Kapiloff

Kapiloff Insurance

Elizabeth Coppola

The Richard Group

Ben Wheeler

Savings Bank of Walpole

Michelle Dellavita

Main Street America Group

Ruth Jacobs


Erik Murphy

SymQuest Group

Myra Rebillard

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

Michael Remy

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Kelly Scargill


Marcus Owens


Tim Murphy

Southwestern Regional Planning Commission

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
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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