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We’re cultivating a community of sustainable growth

“We all share an individual and collective responsibility for the health and prosperity of this special place we call home. By exercising compassion for our neighbors, we help build a brighter future for all. That is what United Way is all about — living and giving united.

Our mission at United Way of Northwest Michigan is to connect and mobilize the caring power of our community to advance the common good. What differentiates United Way is our ability to work collectively and collaboratively on behalf of donors, volunteers and our community to assess and address some of the most pressing issues facing our region. We’re relentlessly focused on maximizing the return on donor and volunteer resources by investing in the most effective programs that address critical needs in the areas of education, income stability and health. United Way provides an easy and effective way for donors to engage in helping others. United Way’s ongoing research, community assessment, and competitive grant allocation process provides both convenience and confidence to donors. It’s reassuring to know that United Way monitors results and outcomes to help ensure donor dollars are having a meaningful impact in our community.

For 50 years, area employers have relied on their trusted partnership with United Way. Through workplace giving and corporate gifts, many of the area’s employers participate in United Way’s annual campaign each year. Workplace giving allows employees an easy way to support community needs through the convenience of payroll deduction. No matter the size of the gift, every dollar matters and makes a difference.

United Way volunteers provide over $500,000 in resource value to our community each year. United Way’s annual Day of Caring is supported by over 45 area businesses and organizations. In a single day, Day of Caring provides 2,000 hours of volunteer resources valued at over $40,000 to area non-profits. In addition, United Way has been entrusted with managing the VISTA program in our region which provides another 30,000 hours of resource time to help build important capacity at area non-profits.

United Way is focused on local impact and operational efficiency. All donations remain in our local community exclusively supporting our five-county region. Over 80 cents of every dollar goes directly to help individuals in need in our area. We’re proud that our efficiency ratio is better than the national average for all non-profits and we continue to strive for even greater impact. Our Board of Directors is comprised of experienced business and community leaders who are passionate about the mission of United Way. They serve without compensation and share their time and talent to help guide the organization in our pursuit of advancing the common good.

We are grateful for the support of our many donors and volunteers who have helped us make a difference for 50 years. As we look to the future with an eye toward more targeted impact, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our organization and our community.”  – Tim Hinkley, Past President, Board of Directors

 

 

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We believe that every little measure today can make a big impact tomorrow. Beyond supporting other local non-profits through community grants, we work with individual, group and workplace volunteers to create change.

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United Way of Northwest Michigan focuses on our community’s core issues to promote stability within education, health and income.