Welcome to United Way of Central Alabama
A successful fundraising campaign for United Way of Central Alabama will help ease the effects of poverty and improve lives in Central Alabama in 2016. 2015 Volunteer Campaign Chairman, Nancy Goedecke, CEO Mayer Electric announced to a group of over 200 volunteers that the 2015 fundraising goal of $38,755,000 was met and exceeded with a total pledged of $38,801,031. The amount announced reflects pledge estimates and not the final results of companies that are still conducting campaigns or individuals who have not renewed pledges in writing. Click for complete story
“I am especially proud that my fundraising team identified so many first time donors and volunteers, and this helped us sustain the financial and volunteer support needed in central Alabama,” said Goedecke. “Our success means United Way will continue to advance our impact in the areas of education, financial stability, health and access to services by investing in over 80 programs and agencies”.
The campaign began last summer with a Pacesetter campaign led by volunteer chairman Doug Coltharp, Executive Vice President & CFO, HealthSouth. That effort, with over 51 companies participating, produced $11,833,946. The campaign continued to set new records and some of this year’s highlights include:
• 108 new Tocqueville Society members (contributions of $10,000 • 42 companies used our ePledge process eliminating the need for paper forms
• Top corporate leaders (not in order of donations) Regions, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Publix, EBSCO, UAB, Drummond Company, Alabama Power Company
• 50 loaned and sponsored executives participated in leadership training and worked throughout the Fall with companies to run their campaigns Lee Ann Petty, Regions Bank, was named the Crawford T. Johnson, Loaned Executive of the campaign for her attitude, effort and professional growth during the campaign.
Volunteers will make program and agency allocation decisions on the funds raised beginning Friday, December 12 with the awards announced in January 2016.
New Beginning For More Kingston Children
Ask Tonya Wilson about the smiling faces on the children at New Beginning Child Development Center in Kingston Village and she’ll tell you its God’s love shining through. Give her another minute and she’ll tell you how United Way’s Success By 6 team came to visit her about three years ago, and how things have really taken off since then. click here for more
Giving Back Thanks to United Way’s IDA Program
When you first meet Katrina Brown she will tell you how much she “loves” United Way. As a matter of fact, she credits United Way for helping her fulfill her dream of becoming a non-profit attorney.
While attending law school and holding down three jobs, Brown was introduced to the Individual Development Account (IDA) Program offered through United Way’s Financial Stability Partnership. “I was working for… click here for more
Hope Comes in Small Packages for Homeless Veterans
Who would ever imagine that a plastic bag filled with the most basic needs could provide a sense of hope for a homeless veteran. That’s exactly what Keith Perkins, Priority Veteran case manager, says about the care kits that Alabama Power Company employees filled for United Way’s Priority Veteran Program. click here for more
United Way of Central Alabama Rates 13 Consecutive Top Ratings from Charity Navigator “Out performs most other charities in America”
Birmingham, Alabama– United Way of Central Alabama’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 13th consecutive time that United Way of Central Alabama has earned this top distinction. Click for complete story
Since 2002, using objective, data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
UWCA’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars, a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.” Less than 1% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that United Way of Central Alabama outperforms most other charities in America.
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish United Way of Central Alabama’s mission,” said John A. Langloh, President and CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
UWCA’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.