Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

United Way of Greater Rochester Inc

  • Rochester, NY
  • http://www.uwrochester.org

Mission Statement

Mission: To magnify and focus the power of community resources to address the common good.

Main Programs

  1. Giving Babies the Best Start
  2. Preparing Kids for Success
  3. Supporting Seniors and Caregivers
  4. Delivering Basic Needs
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Greater Rochester area including the counties of Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming

ruling year

1987

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Fran Weisberg

Keywords

Self-reported

Magnify and focus the power of community resources to advance the common good.

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Also Known As

UWGR

EIN

16-1015782

 Number

0989938899

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Vision: To be the leading, broad-based community resource for identifying, solving and preventing our most critical social problems.

Programs

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

Program 1

Giving Babies the Best Start

Support for the Community Fund provides In-home Parenting Support and Education programs to help moms and dads develop appropriate nurturing skills and reduce child abuse and neglect, and Early Screening and Intervention Programs for early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of special needs.

Category

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Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Budget

Program 2

Preparing Kids for Success

Support for the Community Fund provides After School and Summer Learning and Enrichment Programs to channel kids’ out-of-school time toward positive activities and Mentoring Programs to increase attendance and improve relationships.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 3

Supporting Seniors and Caregivers

Support for the Community Fund provides Multipurpose Aging Resource Centers to help combat isolation, maintain health and increase awareness for services; Care Management and Support Programs to help older adults remain independent; and Caregiver Support Programs to help those caring for our community’s older adults.

Category

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Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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Budget

Program 4

Delivering Basic Needs

Support for the Community Fund provides Basic Needs Programs to help people overcome crisis and lay the groundwork for independence, and Disability Resource Connections programs to provide support to individuals with disabilities who are not already connected to support services.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    United Way is Rochester's largest and most efficient community problem solver. Our mission is to magnify and focus the power of community resources to advance the common good. What does that mean...we want kids to be prepared to enter school, have better attendance and get better grades; we want seniors to stay active and independent; we want those in crisis to get the food, shelter and clothing they need to move ahead with their lives.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our Blueprint for Change is United Way of Greater Rochester’s overarching strategy that has four areas of focus. Each focus area has goals, strategies and funded programs, all helping local individuals and families receive the help they need.

    1. Meeting Basic Needs: Programs are provided that ensures individuals and families with basic needs like sufficient housing, food and clothing.

    2. Giving Babies the Best Start: Programs are provided that creates a safe environment for new parents to learn how to avoid child abuse. There are also programs that screen and connect children with developmental and early learning delays to appropriate services, which help them with school readiness.

    3. Preparing Kids for Success: Programs are provided that offer after school and enrichment programs, summer learning and enrichment programs and mentoring programs to kids. This increases school attendance, improves academic performance and helps kids have increased social, emotional and physical wellness.

    4. Supporting Seniors and Caregivers: Programs are provided to seniors that connect them to services which help them remain in their homes, attend programs to maintain or improve social, mental, and physical wellness and increase their caregivers’ knowledge of, and access to, community resources.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    United Way raised over $25.5 million from 73,000 donors this year. Community Fund donations, - totaling $14.8 million are allocated to the four strategies in the blueprint under the guidance of our Community Investment Cabinet, made up of dedicated volunteers who ensure our funds are delivered to those who need it most. Our dedication to this strategy, and all of our donors, volunteer and staff are the key reasons we can do the great work we do in our community.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Blueprints set goals for what we expect the programs and funds to achieve. For example, we found that in one year, 1,500 kids in the Community Fund after-school programs had 6,100 more days of learning than their peers and an increased GPA equivalent to one full letter grade. Recently it was shown that families that participate in nurse visitation programs for new parents show decreased risk of premature death for both babies and mothers. We are tracking results in all of the Blueprint strategies and continually work with community partners to ensure we are delivering results.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Programs in the Community Fund have been highly successful and are a major part of where our campaign dollars are assigned to. We’ve seen amazing results through our Community Fund including 95% of families in parenting programs avoid child abuse and neglect; 124,000 people have received food and shelter; 20,000 seniors and caregivers have received the help they need. That said there is always need in our community and United Way of Greater Rochester’s ongoing work within the community aims to identify best practices and bring community collaboration to success for those in need.
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Greater Rochester area including the counties of Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming

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Accreditations

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

UNITED WAY OF GREATER ROCHESTER, INC.
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

United Way of Greater Rochester Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Fran Weisberg

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Colleen Wegman

Wegmans Food Markets

Term: Sept 2013 - Sept 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?