We are a locally-governed, autonomous, 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1951. United Way of Denton County is a powerful movement of volunteers and donors in our community striving to make a difference. Across Denton County, a diverse range of passionate and compassionate people LIVE UNITED to serve those in need across our Denton County.
Our mission is to improve lives in Denton County.
Our vision is to create and sustain relationships that identify and leverage community resources that help children, families, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people affected by mental illness - making Denton County the best place to live and work.
How we help: we Listen, Collaborate and Succeed:
- Assess our community's needs
- Unite people to make change that lasts
- Create and implement new and collective solutions
- Measure results
On a regular basis, United Way of Denton County examines the many competing needs of our community by performing a Community Needs Assessment. The data and narrative identified by this document play a crucial role in determining United Way of Denton County's strategic direction. Between major updates, United Way of Denton County keeps our finger on the pulse of our community by updating secondary data as it is released by other agencies and organizations. Follow the link below to view our most current Community Needs Assessment documents.
Armed with the data and narrative identified by our Community Needs Assessment, United Way of Denton County follows a dual strategy in order to accomplish our mission of improving lives in Denton County. Where services already exist, we partner with existing agencies to amplify their effects through smart, targeted investments in our Partner Agencies, in local Impact Grants and via direct service Programs. Where services don't already exist, we draw community stakeholders to the table as equals in Collective Impact Initiatives, collaborative efforts where United Way of Denton County serves as the backbone of a community effort to create positive change. Read more about our dual strategy:
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 stays in Denton County and helps our neighbors here 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 - children, families, Veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people affected by mental illness. We work collaboratively with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and United Way of Tarrant County and a growing number of local non-profit organizations to bring the most help to people living in Denton County. We are constantly evaluating needs, closing gaps, and building assets 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. Local volunteer committees and our Board of Directors determine 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: We perform direct services through Programs and Partner Agencies to fill identified gaps in our community that, when filled, lead to improved lives, and we act as the backbone organization to Collective Impact Initiatives to tackle issues that no one organization can solve on its own.
What is United Way of Denton County's overhead percentage?
Our overhead percentage is 17.6%. Our overhead percentage is based on our latest IRS Form 990, Page 10, Line 25, found on our Financial Transparency 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) = Overhead %
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."
Planned Parenthood is not a partner agency of United Way of Denton County. Donors’ investments to United Way of Denton County support a network of nonprofits, initiatives, and programs that align with UWDC’s strategic focus areas identified by key findings in the most recent Community Needs Assessment: to help children and families succeed, to guide and serve Veterans and their families, to advocate for overall mental health, and to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
Who uses the services of United Way of Denton County's Collective Impact Initiatives and Partner Agencies?
We are all one phone call away from needing help. 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."