Charity ReviewIssued: July 2016 Expires: July 2018
Mile High United Way
Standards for Charity Accountability
Mile High United Way meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
[To unite] people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good.
Incorporated: 1957 in CO
Mile High United Way partners with local nonprofits, government agencies, policy-makers, and businesses to advance the common good by changing lives and strengthening the community. The organization works to create a strong community network and positive change in school readiness, youth success, and adult self-sufficiency. Mile High United Way’s School Readiness program encourages early literacy development, builds kindergarten readiness skills, and works to make sure every child enters school ready to learn through experiences to develop sensory, language, and cognitive development. Colorado Reading Corps supports kindergarten through third grade students in four school districts to increase reading proficiency by placing AmeriCorps members in classrooms for one school year to provide one-on-one tutoring to students reading below grade level. The Social Innovation Fund reaches children across Colorado through home visits, training for teachers and care providers, summer programs, and one-on-one tutoring. According to the organization, in the 2014-15 fiscal year, Mile High United Way served 32,240 children through its School Readiness programs.
Mile High United Way’s Youth Success programs partner with organizations to come alongside youth, many coming out of poverty, foster care, or other adverse life experiences, to equip them with the tools they need to succeed. Bridging the Gap is the organization’s program working to change the lives of young adults who were in the child welfare system. Young adults are connected to supportive services through the support of Independent Living Coaches to guide them as they transition into adulthood. This program offers housing assistance, coaching to meet individual needs and goals, financial literacy, education, employment, and advocacy options in a supportive space. According to the organization, in the 2014-15 fiscal year, Mile High United Way’s Youth Success programs served 72,223 youth and young adults.
To support Adult Self-Sufficiency, Mile High United Way offers two programs: 2-1-1 and the Centers for Family Opportunity. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community referral service that connects callers with resources that can provide food, shelter, rent assistance, clothing, child care options, immigration assistance, mental health, medical and dental care, and senior issues. Trained referral specialists are multi-lingual and available to help with seasonal needs, such as tax preparation services, school supplies, and holiday needs. Two Centers for Family Opportunity were designed for partner organizations to provide resources in a centralized location. Programs and resources offered at the two locations are customized based on the needs of the communities they serve, and include free English-language and GED classes, financial coaching, legal assistance, utility assistance, and veteran services. According to the organization, in the 2014-15 fiscal year, 2-1-1 received nearly 80,000 contacts from individuals seeking assistance and the Centers for Family Opportunity served nearly 650 participants.
Board Chair: Mr. David Eves, President, Public Service Company of Colorado Business Affiliation: Xcel Energy
CEO: Ms. Christine Benero, President and Chief Executive Officer Compensation:* $352,007
Board Size: 42
Staff: 108* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 20.22%
This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
The following information is based on Mile High United Way Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
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