Community Improvement, Capacity Building

UNITED WAY OF THE BLUEGRASS INC

  • Lexington, KY
  • www.uwbg.org

Mission Statement

Our Mission is simple, but powerful. United Way of the Bluegrass wants to empower everyone in Central Kentucky to live their best lives.

Main Programs

  1. 2-1-1
  2. CKEEP (Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project)
  3. Trailblazers
  4. Bank On Bluegrass
  5. Partner Agency Allocations for the Big Bold Goal
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass serves Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties in Central Kentucky.

ruling year

1955

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Mr. Bill Farmer

Keywords

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United Way, UWBG, Partner Agencies, Central Kentucky, Bluegrass, Education, Basic Needs, Human Services, Financial Stability, LIVE UNITED, It Matters

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EIN

61-0444679

 Number

4310971185

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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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United Way of the Bluegrass is a leader and motivator of change for long-term solutions for Central Kentucky communities. We have a Big Bold Goal that 10,000 more families in the Bluegrass will be self-sufficient by 2020. This is a community goal and one that we can accomplish together. United Way has committed to four key pillars of success:Basic NeedsSchool ReadinessStudent SuccessFinancial StabilityThis change in approach has fostered a great deal of cooperation and innovation in the community. We have developed systems to evaluate the quality and success of the programs we are funding, so you can be assured your dollars will have the maximum impact on your community.Join us and invest in your community through United Way of the Bluegrass.

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

2-1-1

United Way 2-1-1 an easy to remember three-digit phone number that connects callers with important services like food, shelter and counseling. 2-1-1 receives more than 23,000 calls annually, connecting those in need with vital assistance.

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

CKEEP (Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project)

The Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project (CKEEP) is a coalition, led by United Way of the Bluegrass, that partners with the IRS to provide free tax preparation to low-income families, raise awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit and help families build assets. Thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteer tax preparers, families are able to save their much needed money while strengthening our overall economy.

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Program 3

Trailblazers

United Way of the Bluegrass is recruiting people age 55 and over with passion to make a difference in this area by becoming aTrailblazer. United Way is galvanizing people to read with elementary students, tutor middle schoolers and mentor kids who need a caring adult in their lives.

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Program 4

Bank On Bluegrass

Bank On Bluegrass is a collaborative effort between area social service agencies, banks and credit unions, and city and county governments that seeks to address the barriers to banking faced by low- to moderate- income individuals in Central Kentucky. This initiative provides free financial literacy education to low-income (<$30K) and moderate-income ($30-$50K) individuals, certification of which qualifies them to establish free or low-cost checking accounts regardless of their previous banking history or credit rating (excluding fraud). Bank On Bluegrass will help individuals establish mainstream banking relationships that allow them to save money, avoid predatory fringe financial services, reduce their risk of theft or financial emergency due to natural disaster and create a culture of financial responsibility.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

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Program 5

Partner Agency Allocations for the Big Bold Goal

Our Annual Campaign is invested in community solutions. Money is allocated to local non-profit service providers through a volunteer-led process for a three-year grant cycle; designated by individual donors to specific, qualified 501c3 agencies; and invested in community-based programs led by or overseen by United Way of the Bluegrass.

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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?
    We have a Big Bold Goal for the Bluegrass community: 10,000 more families will be self-sufficient by 2020. United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, basic needs, and financial stability, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. We convene the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer. Together, we can accomplish so much more.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    4 Key Pillars of Success: Basic Needs: addressing basic needs, injustices, inequities, lack of resources and other barriers to move families forward.School Readiness: leading initiatives to improve the quality of childcare, family support, early intervention and equipping parents to make positive choices for their families.Student Success: helping children and youth achieve their potential by emphasizing education as the foundation for personal fulfillment, economic security and societal contribution.Financial Stability: investing in economic empowerment so low-to-middle income families have the resources and support to meet their needs, weather emergencies, and invest in a brighter future.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    United Way of the Bluegrass is led by a group of experienced and passionate professionals. Serving the Bluegrass region for over 90 years, United Way has built strong and lasting relationships with some of the regions most successful corporations, organizations and individuals - creating a powerful network that is committed to improving Central Kentucky and creating opportunities for everyone.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have gathered the data we need so that we can monitor - and ultimately measure - progress against benchmarks. We mean to see that 80% of incoming kindergartners are ready to learn on the first day of school; 85% of students read at proficient or distinguished levels by 3rd grade; 90% of our 19-year-olds are college or career ready; 100% of our public schools are proficient or distinguished; that 10,000 more families are in a financial position that moves them above the poverty level so that basic needs are no longer a question - but a certainty. We will be convening community partners to determine the full continuum of data we will need from multiple sources and different levels to properly measure our success. UWBG has established a Data & Metrics Committee, chaired by UK's Martin School's Dr. Eugenia Toma, to guide the community's evaluation of the Big Bold Goal. The committee is comprised of individuals with expertise in data, analytics, and community issues. There are representatives from local universities, local government, Lexmark, Toyota, the school systems and chamber of commerce. The committee is currently working towards three outcomes: * The review and release of community-level data that defines the BBG * The development and monitoring of community-level metrics that will demonstrate the level of success on the BBG * The establishment of program-level metrics that internal and external programs will use to measure success In addition, programs funded by UWBG submit reports every six months. These reports are compiled and reviewed by masters-level students from the University of Kentucky's Martin School and College of Social Work.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    This community's commitment to the Big Bold Goal - that 10,000 more families in the Bluegrass will be self-sufficient by 2020 - has shown excellent progress through 2017. Our data shows that 2/3 of the families whose lives we want to improve, have been helped through the end of 2016. As a part of this goal for the community, we are working to address long-term barriers to success by ensuring that all schools in our region are rated ""Proficient"" or ""Distinguished"" and that 90% of our students graduate from high school ready for college or career by 2020. Accomplishing this bold goal as a community - with an emphasis on improving public school outcomes - will result in Central Kentucky becoming an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.We often hear that "it takes a village" for a community to be successful. Indeed, Central Kentucky's "village" deserves our thanks. Educators, families, students of all ages, the faith-based community, businesses and corporate partners, community-based organizations, and countless volunteers all share in these successes.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass serves Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties in Central Kentucky.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Support for United Way 2-1-1 - 211 is a contact center connecting people with available resources like food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid, volunteer opportunities, and much more. Instead of multiple calls leading to dead ends, with one text message or call to 211, people can reach a trained specialist who will assess the full scope of their needs and match them to the right services. 211 also assists during times of disaster, providing critical information about evacuation routes, food, and shelter. Support for Annual Campaign - United Way of the Bluegrass works cooperatively with businesses, volunteers, individuals, and non-profit organizations to invest a diversity of resources for community-based solutions. Money raised is used to combat the needs of today and is invested in long-term solutions that get at the root cause of community problems. The Big Bold Goal - 10,000 more families will be self-sufficient by 2020. There are 43,000 struggling families and our goal is to help at least 10,000 of them through a myriad of resources while working to improve the lives of all Central Kentuckians. We seek to move these families from instability to stability to sustainability. We will do this with our four key pillars of success: 1) Basic Needs: addressing basic needs, injustices, inequities, lack of resources and other barriers to move families forward. 2) School Readiness: leading initiatives to improve the quality of childcare, family support, early intervention and equipping parents to make positive choices for their families. 3) Student Success: helping children and youth achieve their potential by emphasizing education as the foundation for personal fulfillment, economic security and societal contribution. 4) Financial Stability: investing in economic empowerment so low-to-middle income families have the resources and support to meet their needs, weather emergencies, and invest in a brighter future.

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Financials

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UNITED WAY OF THE BLUEGRASS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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 THE BLUEGRASS INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Bill Farmer

BIO

William ""Bill"" Farmer is President of United Way of the Bluegrass. Bill brings extensive experience in building lasting change through work in education, income and health to the Bluegrass. Bill serves as a member of Board of Visitors of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Services. Bill is a member of the Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Initiative Advisory Council. He also serves as a member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Social Services Advisory Board. Bill served as President and CEO of The Farmer Group, a consulting firm assisting business and nonprofit organizations in issues associated with public and social policy in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bill's United Way experience in multiple communities includes serving as Vice Chair of the United Way of the Capital Area Board of Directors in Jackson, Mississippi as well as several others. He has led United Way organizations in fundraising, marketing and other public policy work. While in North Carolina, Bill served on several boards, committees and commissions, including the state's Dropout Prevention Committee as Co-Chairman, Valuing Education Committee as Chairman, New Schools Project Board of Advisors, and Commissioner on Workforce Development and Banking Commissions. Bill previously served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Time Warner Cable. His responsibilities with Time Warner Cable included issues that effect education, economic development, workforce development, housing, healthcare, transportation and diversity. He works closely with the company's management team and policy makers, to help shape future plans and also to maximize their contributions as a corporate entity. He is a 28-year veteran of Time Warner Cable and has been an active member of every community in which he has resided.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We want to ensure that Central Kentucky remains a safe and prosperous place for people to live, learn, work and raise a family. With your support, we know lasting change is possible. You may not realize that there are 50,000 families struggling to make ends meet, right here in the Bluegrass. Poverty comes in many different shapes and sizes and affects many of our neighbors and friends. 50,000 hardworking families are barely getting by and are faced with tough choices each day like paying the rent or buying groceries. We have a bold goal to help 10,000 more families become self-sufficient by 2020. We recognize that this is a goal that we cannot achieve on our own. This knowledge makes the work of United Way and its partners even more critical. The problems of poverty are bigger than any one organization. With this understanding, we felt driven to set an audacious goal, because working collectively and collaborating is the main focus of United Way. Assessing the greatest needs of our community, developing solutions, engaging partners and achieving real results. It's a proven cycle of success that has served the Central Kentucky community well for over 90 years, yet the issues surrounding poverty have never felt so close to home. We're focusing our efforts around four main pillars: basic needs, school readiness, student success and financial stability. These are the areas that will help break the cycle and make a better Bluegrass for all of us. It matters. This goal is critical as the issues of poverty ripple through our communities, our schools, and negatively impact our students and our economy. Helping more families become self-sufficient will make our community a safer place. It will set our students up for a successful educational journey and life after graduation, creating a new and promising cycle. Success will require shared vision, shared efforts and shared achievements. Together, we can accomplish more than any of us could on our own. Because of community support, we're already seeing results. Helping 10,000 families become self-sufficient won't happen overnight, but with committed partners and supporters like you, we know we can achieve our goal by 2020. With your support, anything is possible.Sincerely,Bill FarmerPresident & CEOUnited Way of the Bluegrass"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bill Wilson

retired

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?