Better Business Bureau Report for
United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra
Address: 639 Isbell Road
Suite 460
  Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775)322-8668
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1942, Nevada
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "to link the community's will and resources to improve lives."

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Evaluation Conclusions


United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra is focusing its program resources to reach the goal of ‘doubling the number of children in northern Nevada reading at grade level by 2020.’ This is accomplished through a three-part framework, which encompasses strategies critical to early grade reading success: 1) a foundation of Strengthening Families by linking them with resources and services (2-1-1), providing prescription discounts through Familywize, helping families receive free tax assistance and the maximum refund possible through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and assistance with basic needs and services. Providing parents with these critical basic services means they are more able to nurture their child’s early development and learning; 2) Early Child Development: programs with parents and children aged birth to five years in areas of building parenting skills, child development stages, early learning skills and opportunities, and quality childcare; 3) Kindergarten Readiness / Early Grade Excellence, which includes developing early reading skills, parental involvement in learning and school readiness programs. This also includes improving the number and quality of early learning opportunities and providing quality, age appropriate books to children.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, UWNNS's program expenses were:

Programs 1,200,499
Total Program Expenses: $1,200,499
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Chief Executive : Michael Brazier, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Stephanie Ginter
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Sr. Business Rental Sales Exec, Enterprise Holdings

Board Size: 20

Paid Staff Size: 7

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements, campaign presentations
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,388,420, 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 UWNNS's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions and Grants 1,388,420
Program Service Revenue 28,044
Investment Income 7,320
Total Income $1,423,784


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 10%  Administrative: 13% 

Total income $1,423,784
Program expenses $1,200,499
Fund raising expenses 153,069
Administrative expenses 201,714
Total expenses $1,555,282
Expenses in Excess of Income (131,498)
Beginning net assets 1,324,080
Ending net assets 1,059,174
Total liabilities 147,774
Total assets $1,206,948

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