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Across the country United Ways impact their individual communities in their own unique ways--they are community driven. The programs and services provided vary from town to city, a reflection of each United Way being its own not-for-profit organization.

That's a good thing for each United Way, but it can be confusing to the general public. For example, UWAC's board of directors is responsible for our policies--they can be guided by United Way of America, but the final responsibility is a local one.

There are, however, 13 standards each local United Way must meet annually in order to retain membership and use of the United Way brand. UWAC is proud that we have met the standards since their inception in 2003. Some are easier to meet that others and some are only important to our internal operations.

Here are the standards (abbreviated for space and understanding!) that we must meet annually:

A: Be recognized as exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and file Form 990 annually

B: Comply with all other applicable legal local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements

C: Have an active, responsible and voluntary governing board

D: Ensure volunteers and staff reflect the diversity of the community

E: Follow all trademark standards

F: Provide financial support to UWA (1% of funds raised)

G: Develop and adopt a code of ethics

H: Have an annual audit prepared

I: Conduct an organizational assessment every three years

J: Submit the Database II survey annually

K: Submit the Income and Expense survey biennially

L: Adhere to standard campaign revenue and resource reporting

M: Adhere to cost deduction standards

To comply with the standards requires extraordinary transparency and accountability. Receiving the standards check each year is worth every effort for our donors, our partners and our community.
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