Charity ReviewIssued: April 2016 Expires: April 2017
United Way of Greater Saint Louis
Standards for Charity Accountability
United Way of Greater Saint Louis does not meet the following 1 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Standard 3: Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.
United Way of Greater Saint Louis does not meet this standard because:
The average number of directors attending the United Way of Greater St Louis Board of Directors meetings was less than 50% of the total board. According to the organization, it represents a large geographic region and maintains a large board to adequately represent its service area. It reports that it is working toward meeting this standard.
United Way of Greater St Louis raises and allocates funds to support a network of agencies and services, provides information, management and technical resources, identifies critical issues and unmet needs, and builds collaborations with the public and private sectors to meet those needs.
Incorporated: 1955 in MO
Allocations/Grantmaking: Includes expenditures for ongoing operational funding and one-time grants to member agencies, administering the funding and providing oversight of other fund distribution programs such as Dollar More and 100 Neediest Cases. Community Initiatives: Includes expenditures relating to collaborations with organizations to develop specialized approaches to impacting community problems in the areas of quality early child care and education, financial stability and independence, and faith community mobilization. Community Services: Includes expenditures relating to programming that would be performed by funded agencies if not as part of the United Way including information/referral and staffing for the volunteer center, the Emergency Food and Shelter program, the Dollar More energy assistance program, and the 100 Neediest Cases holiday assistance program. 2-1-1: Includes expenditures during the latter half of the fiscal year related to establishing and operating a 24-hour health and human service information and referral hotline for 99 counties in Missouri and 9 counties in Illinois. In Missouri this line is accessed using a three-digit telephone number, 2-1-1.
Board Size: 211
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 7.07%
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 United Way of Greater Saint Louis Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Sunday, June 30, 2013.
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