United Way of the Black Hills

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aka United Way of the Black Hills   |   Rapid City, SD   |
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United Way of the Black Hills

EIN: 46-0259754


We unite people and resources to improve lives in the Black Hills by delivering measurable long-term solutions to community issues in education, financial stability, and health. We will be champions of our community, empowering individuals and improving lives, while striving to facilitate lasting, positive change.

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Executive Director

Jamie Toennies

Main address

621 6th Street Suite 100

Rapid City, SD 57701 USA

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Subject area info





Community and economic development

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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

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

Programs and results

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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?

Black Hills Reads

Black Hills Reads helps to ensure children are proficient readers by the end of third grade by focusing on attendance, summer learning, school readiness, health readers, and parent engagement. We work with more than 100 partners including nonprofits, schools, libraries, child care providers, local government, and businesses to accomplish our goals. Activities include funding programs that support the goals, managing the Imagination Library Program and Baby's First Backpack, advocacy, promoting reading events, and piloting innovative approaches to our goals.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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


United Way of the Black Hills
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 United Way of the Black Hills 2020 United Way of the Black Hills
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 19.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

United Way of the Black Hills

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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United Way of the Black Hills

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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United Way of the Black Hills

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of United Way of the Black Hills’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 -$32,151 $752,554 $721,960 $608,347 -$771,038
As % of expenses -1.6% 34.7% 28.1% 30.7% -34.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$54,370 $729,181 $689,793 $570,206 -$811,114
As % of expenses -2.6% 33.3% 26.5% 28.2% -36.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,121,103 $2,699,268 $2,410,561 $2,452,245 $2,263,981
Total revenue, % change over prior year -16.0% 27.3% -10.7% 1.7% -7.7%
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 3.4% 3.5% 2.9% 3.7% 3.6%
Government grants 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 3.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 94.2% 95.2% 92.7% 89.7% 93.1%
Other revenue 2.1% 1.3% 4.4% 3.0% 3.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,063,863 $2,166,716 $2,568,151 $1,981,256 $2,207,139
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.1% 5.0% 18.5% -22.9% 11.4%
Personnel 18.5% 21.3% 18.7% 25.5% 21.7%
Professional fees 1.0% 1.0% 3.1% 2.7% 2.5%
Occupancy 2.3% 2.6% 1.6% 3.2% 2.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 64.1% 59.5% 67.2% 54.0% 58.2%
All other expenses 14.1% 15.5% 9.3% 14.5% 15.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,086,082 $2,190,089 $2,600,318 $2,019,397 $2,247,215
One month of savings $171,989 $180,560 $214,013 $165,105 $183,928
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $90,562 $6,145
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,258,071 $2,370,649 $2,814,331 $2,275,064 $2,437,288

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.6 11.3 11.0 15.5 15.1
Months of cash and investments 29.6 34.0 32.7 47.9 39.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.6 25.7 25.4 36.0 28.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,988,203 $2,042,974 $2,354,050 $2,556,939 $2,772,745
Investments $3,109,220 $4,087,573 $4,649,456 $5,356,532 $4,502,470
Receivables $1,003,066 $1,122,348 $547,991 $602,283 $443,334
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,026,749 $1,037,901 $1,051,570 $1,057,417 $1,047,467
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 61.3% 63.9% 64.7% 67.9% 71.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.3% 3.1% 3.8% 2.0% 4.1%
Unrestricted net assets $4,283,875 $5,013,056 $5,702,849 $6,273,055 $5,461,941
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,028,499 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 $2,028,499 $2,406,990 $1,945,361 $2,413,673 $2,257,826
Total net assets $6,312,374 $7,420,046 $7,648,210 $8,686,728 $7,719,767

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.

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Executive Director

Jamie Toennies

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

United Way of the Black Hills

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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United Way of the Black Hills

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Craig Bailey

Novum Nano

Term: 2023 - 2024

Board co-chair

Kevin Jackson

GCC Dacotah

Term: 2023 - 2024

Bethany Bloom

Behavior Management Systems

Valerie Seales

Rapid City Area Schools

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 5/31/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity


Sexual orientation