United Way of the Columbia- Willamette

Free the Future

aka UWCW   |   Portland, OR   |  http://www.unitedway-pdx.org

Mission

At United Way, we believe every child deserves a fair chance – to succeed in school, graduate from high school and go on to work or college to one day support their own families. Right now, in our four counties, more than 100,000 children are living in poverty. That means 1 in 5 kids don't have that chance. Together, we can change this by investing in our region's kids and reducing childhood poverty, allowing these children to reach their full potential. We're leading over 70 of the best nonprofits in our region in creating a shared, region-wide strategy to improve the odds for kids and families. Together, we're sharing data and resources, shaping policy and linking together solutions that work. We want you to be part of the effort – because every dollar, every minute every voice counts.

Ruling year info

1970

President and CEO

Mr. Keith Thomajan

Main address

619 SW 11th Ave

Portland, OR 97205 USA

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EIN

93-0582124

NTEE code info

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

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

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Our programs

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Community Impact Funded Projects

United Way provides grant funding to projects that connect people in need with the building blocks for a stable and healthy life--education, financial stability and health and well-being.

Population(s) Served

Projects that are critical to the community, that we have long-term partnerships with.
- Project Access NOW (medical care)
- Earn It, Keep It, Save It (free tax-prep help)
- 211info (free resource referral)
- Community Relief Fund (basic needs)

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2011

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2012

Awards

Most Admired Non-Profit 2009

Portland Business Journal

Most Admired Non-Profits 2008

Portland Business Journal

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We seek to break the cycle of childhood poverty in the 4-county Portland metro area, where nearly 19 percent of children live in poverty. Poverty rates are highest for children of color, with African Americans (43%), American Indians/Native Alaskans (36%) and Latinos/Hispanics (33%) topping the list.

We focus our investments in organizations and strategies that (1) improve academic success for children, from early life to post-secondary education and training; (2) increase the financial and physical stability of families through income and housing; and (3) create enhanced support through greater participation in the fate of our communities. We also invest in creating a real safety net of key social services that prevent children and families from falling deeper into poverty.

Long-term success (4-7 years) will mean more children and their families will live in communities where healthy and affordable housing is within reach for all, health care and child care are available and accessible, and where schools educate and graduate students ready to contribute to their communities. Long-term success will also mean that entrenched barriers in the system that disproportionately affect people of color will be eroded away through collective advocacy.

UWCW implements three key strategies designed to break the cycle of childhood poverty: ensure the academic success of our children; improve the financial and physical stability of the families in which those children live; and ensure communities have the resources and services needed to support the families living there.

We do this by galvanizing and connecting individuals, businesses, nonprofits, faith communities and governments to design, implement or invest in proven initiatives and programs, and to improve systems through policy change. We use data and information about the effectiveness of our efforts to make wiser investments in our community; and, to generate knowledge that can be incorporated by others to improve efficiency and quality of outcomes.

UWCW is working with community partners to create an infrastructure for collective impact and knowledge sharing. This will allow us to build a common agenda of objectives, an effective accountability mechanism, and shared measurements of success. We believe this collective impact approach is the only viable approach to tackling a complex, multi-sector systemic issue like childhood poverty.

We have committed more than $3.5 million for a collaborative effort of culturally-specific education partners and service providers to develop and implement a blueprint that improves academic and social success of children of color. This innovative approach is one of the most significant investments in proven programs aimed at reducing deeply embedded disparities in our communities.

UWCW raises, invests and leverages millions of dollars annually to create and support innovative and effective programs and approaches which generate sustained impact in local communities.

Our staff is diverse and talented, bringing a broad array of skills and expertise in a variety of issue areas. Staff and Board are deeply committed to deepening relationships with leaders and members of the community, where we seek to incorporate their insight and expertise to enhance the quality of our work.

Through our volunteer program – Hands On Greater Portland – we mobilize thousands of volunteers every year to provide critical labor, skills and resources to our community.

The last two years have resulted in a historic reorganization of UWCW and the development of a strategic plan focused on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. We designed two innovative investment strategies and have committed nearly $7 million over the next 3-5 years to a cohort of community based organizations to organize around a collective impact model; and, we seek to involve other stakeholders to leverage additional investments for this collective effort.

We are in the process of developing a data and knowledge sharing infrastructure to ensure we are learning from our failures as much as from our successes. These data – and whatever we can learn from their analysis – will be critical to the success of our collective impact approach.

Financials

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United Way of the Columbia- Willamette

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Heather Guthrie

Dunn Carney


Board co-chair

Janet O'Hollaren

Kaiser Permanente

Keith Thomajan

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Cindy Kirk

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Janet LaBar

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Mohan Nair

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Mark Poling

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Kevin Rask

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Board leadership practices

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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