BBB Charity Review for
United Way of the Capital Area, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 1/18/1996


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Charity Contact & Profile

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Business Address: 843 N. President Street
Jackson, MS 39202

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Original Business Start Date: 1/1/1953
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(601) 965-1341
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


UWCA's mission is to provide opportunities that empower people to build successful lives.

UWCA is a local and autonomous charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties.


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African-America Women's Health Initiative - A health and wellness program that mentors young girls in making healthy lifestyle choices targeting physical, mental, and social well-being.

Bailey Avenue Renewal Coalition - A community building initiative seeking to bridge the gap between individual neighborhoods surrounding the Jackson Medical Mall and the city in order to facilitate change in the community as a whole.

Drop-Out Prevention Partnership - A drop-out prevention partnership that inner-city youth develop positive attitudes and behaviors by focusing on the "40 Developmental Assets".

Emergency Food and Shelter Program - Program that provides emergency food and shelter funds to government and nonprofit agencies, both locally and statewide, through the EFSP National Board.

Excel by 5 - A partnership to assure broad community support, share resources, and engage the community at large to make certain the children of families in Mid-Jackson are ready to excel by the time they enter kindergarten.

FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards - This partnership provides free prescription drug discount cards to residents and pharmacies in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties in lieu of insurance.

Imagination Library - Imagination Library is an early literacy initiative that helps children age 0-4 build their own personal libraries by providing them with one book per month until their fifth birthday.  This program is free of charge and currently serves zip codes 39202, 39046 and 39145.

Jackson's Promise Alliance Partnership - Partnership funded by America's Promise Alliance designed to engage a cross-sector of the community in an effort to increase the graduation rates for Provine, Wingfield, and Lanier High Schools.

Keep the Change (VITA Campaign) - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign, in partnership with the IRS, city, state, and local governments, nonprofits, and corporations, that provides free income tax preparation for low-to moderate-income families.  The campaign also plugs tax filers and their families into additional services that help provide fiscal relief and financial stability.

Prosperity Center of Greater Jackson - Prosperity Center is an innovative "one stop" facility helping individuals and families access essential services for growth and development, including MDHS services, financial counseling/education, legal counseling, and workforce development.

Net Worth Youth Financial Institute - A year-round youth program promoting financial stability with an emphasis on financial literacy, enterprise, post-secondary education, and personal development.

StampOut Dropout - A drop-out prevention program targeting 50 children and their families at Galloway, Brown, and Rowan schools. The program provides enhanced academic and socialization support for children, and holistic support for their families.

Young Leaders in Philanthropy - A group of young leaders who are committed to creating real, lasting change for good in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties.  YLPs invest in our community through United Way and believe in its work in building strong, effective partnerships that help it accomplish its mission: To provide educational and asset building opportunities that create pathways to prosperity for families in our community.

Youth United Way - Volunteer program that focuses on the recruitment, training, and service of students ages 14-24 in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties.


Board Size:17
Paid Staff:27

Fundraising Methods

United Way of the Capital Area counts on its investors and individual contributions to help fund the organization.

Financial Summary

According to the IRS Form 990 for the Fiscal Year ended 6/30/2011:

Total Income $3,378,320.00
Total Expenses $3,655,577.00
Gain/Loss for the Year ($277,257.00)

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $2,778,000.00 75.99%
Fund Raising $582,188.00 15.93%
Administrative $295,389.00 8.08%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $3,308,187.00 97.92%
Program Service Revenue $58,520.00 1.73%
Gross Profit $145.00 0.00%
Dividends $11,403.00 0.34%
Other $65.00 0.00%

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Products & Services

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The BBB has requested that the United Way of the Capital Area provide current materials to the Better Business Bureau. When a report is complete, it will be available at no charge by contacting this office. If the organization is a charity, the report also will include the results of an evaluation in relation to the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. The Better Business Bureau reports on charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity effectiveness, finances, appeals and governance. It does not evaluate the worthiness of a charitable program

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

Advertising Review

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BBB has no information regarding advertising review at this time.

Additional Information

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-Leadership Givers - individual contribution of $500 or more to the United Way of the Capital Area. -Planned Gift - A gift made during your lifetime or a deferred gift through a will, estate plan, or some other means. -Direct Mail solicitations

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Report as of: 7/28/2015
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