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What is United Way of Denton County?

United Way of Denton County is more than just a locally-governed, autonomous, 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit founded in 1951. United Way of Denton County is a powerful movement of volunteers and donors in our community. Across Denton County, a diverse range of passionate and compassionate people LIVE UNITED to better our community.

Our mission is to improve lives in Denton County.

Our vision is to create and sustain relationships that identify and leverage community assets, assess Education, Income and Health needs and provide long term solutions for the common good making Denton County the best place to live and work.

To improve lives in Denton County, United Way of Denton County performs four key steps:

  1. Assess the needs of our community and what assets are already at work meeting those needs
  2. If someone is already meeting a need, partner with them to amplify their efforts
  3. If a need is not being met, coordinate our community to create a collective solution
  4. Assess results and adapt our partnerships and initiatives accordingly

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between United Way of Denton County and United Way Worldwide?

United Way of Denton County is a local non-profit organization, governed and managed by local volunteers and staff who call Denton County home. Your donation to United Way of Denton County stay in Denton County and help our neighbors in North Texas.

As an affiliate of United Way Worldwide, we have access to global, research-based tools and resources that help us improve lives in Denton County.

 

Who does United Way of Denton County help?

United Way of Denton County helps people across Denton County. We collaborate closely with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and United Way of Tarrant County to bring the most help to people living in Denton County. Your support provides help to a wide range of people in need: at-risk children, victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, those in need of medical or mental health services, the homeless and hungry, the financially victimized. Through your help, we are constantly evaluating needs and closing gaps to create the best Denton County for all of us.

 

Who receives funding from United Way of Denton County?

United Way of Denton County provides financial support to Health & Human Service 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations that improve lives in Denton County. Our volunteer Board of Directors determines annual Partner Agency Grants and Collective Impact Grants. It is the policy of the Board of Directors of United Way of Denton County to support donor-designated gifts to other Health & Human Service 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations.

 

Does United Way of Denton County perform direct services?

Yes. United Way of Denton County pursues two collaborative strategies to improve lives in Denton County: by supporting our Partner Agencies and by leading Collective Impact Initiatives, often serving as the backbone organization. We perform direct services to fill identified gaps in our community that, when filled, lead to improved lives.

 

What is United Way of Denton County's overhead percentage?

In 2014, our overhead percentage was 13.7%. Our overhead percentage is based on our latest IRS Form 990, Page 10, Line 25, found on our Financial Transparancy page. The formula below is recognized by the Texas State Employee Charitable Campaign, United Way Worldwide, and charity watchdog groups BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Guidestar and CharityNavigator.

((Column C + Column D) / Column A) = Admin %

In 2013, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Guidestar and CharityNavigator, three key watchdog groups who evaluate the performance of charities, advised donors in an open letter to also "pay attention to other factors of nonprofit performance: transparency, governance, leadership, and results."

 

Who uses the services of United Way of Denton County's Collective Impact Initiatives and Partner Agencies?

The people helped by your support are wide-ranging in culture and socio-economic status and sometimes remarkably similar to you. This includes the woman who slept in their car, cleaned up each morning in a gas station restroom, and went to her office every day, hiding her crisis from her co-workers for weeks while her children stayed with a relative. Most families traditionally thought of as well-to-do in Denton County are one major setback away from crisis, and a common sentiment in the United Way movement is, "One day, it could be me."

 

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