Better Business Bureau Report for
United Way of Lowndes County

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: United Way of Lowndes County
Address: 223 22nd Street North
  Columbus, MS 39701
Phone: 662-328-0943
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1972, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the Lowndes County community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


United Way of Lowndes County meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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United Way of Lowndes County works to create a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy living. The organization raises funds to support local charities in the three main areas to support the Lowndes County community. The organization supports agencies in the county that work with early childhood education and reading initiatives. Additionally, UWLC provides support to local organizations that teach people how to manage budgets and finances so they can become financially stable. According to the organization, in 2015, over $600,000 was raised by United Way of Lowndes County and provided to nonprofits in the community to meet the mission of improving lives and meeting community needs.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2014, United Way of Lowndes County's program expenses were:

Program Services 523,180
Total Program Expenses: $523,180
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Chief Executive : Mr. Danny Avery, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Todd Davis
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Electric Motor Sales and Service

Board Size: 23

Paid Staff Size: 3

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, grant proposals, internet appeals, cause-related marketing
Fundraising costs were 18% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $599,842, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


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.
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The following information is based on United Way of Lowndes County's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 450,814
Lowndes County allocation 102,500
IHL Higher Education grant 41,062
Interest and miscellaneous income 16,910
Donated services and materials 5,466
Total Income $616,752


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 67%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 19%  Other Expenses: Less than 1%

Total income $616,752
Program expenses $523,180
Fund raising expenses 109,562
Administrative expenses 151,414
Other Expenses 3,639
Total expenses $787,795
Expenses in Excess of Income (171,043)
Beginning net assets 529,039
Ending net assets 454,920
Total liabilities 3,131
Total assets $458,051

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BBB Comments


A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 11/3/2008. 

BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services. 
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