Better Business Bureau Report for
United Way of Northeast Mississippi

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2020

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Charity Contact Information

Name: United Way of Northeast Mississippi
Address: 213 West Main Street, Suite 110
  Tupelo, MS 38802
Phone: 662-841-9133
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1961, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to create opportunities to improve lives in the communities we serve."

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Evaluation Conclusions


United Way of Northeast Mississippi (United Way NEMS ) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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United Way NEMS funds programs, organizations, and initiatives that seek to improve lives in Northeast Mississippi. The organization reports that it focuses on the areas of academic success, health and wellness, and family stability, and that the organization looks for opportunities to convene community stakeholders around the big issues that affect the community and to find innovative solutions to these problems. United Way NEMS reports that it serves the 7-county region of Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, and Union counties, and invests in 64 nonprofit organizations that serve 125,000 individuals residing in these counties each year.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, United Way NEMS' program expenses were:

Allocations/grants 1,478,580
Community services 102,043
Total Program Expenses: $1,580,623
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Chief Executive : Melinda Tidwell, President

Chair of the Board: Burton B. Hosch
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Renasant Bank, retired

Board Size: 40

Paid Staff Size: 7

*2015 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, print advertisements, television, radio, Internet appeals, workplace campaign.
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,147,991, are donations received as a result of fund raising 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 NEMS' audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Public contributions 2,087,505
Special events 60,486
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments 46,706
Interest and dividends 30,357
Service and subscription fees 26,700
Grant from government agency 293
Total Income $2,252,047


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 16%  Other Expenses: Less than 1%

Total income $2,252,047
Program expenses $1,580,623
Fund raising expenses 192,994
Administrative expenses 335,518
Other Expenses 1,180
Total expenses $2,110,315
Income in Excess of Expenses 141,732
Beginning net assets 1,731,525
Ending net assets 1,873,257
Total liabilities 16,890
Total assets $1,890,147

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