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Greater Twin Cities United Way

Uniting caring people to build pathways out of poverty, thereby improving individual lives and the community.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 7/25/2013
404 S. 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-340-7400
EIN 41-1973442
Principal Staff Sarah Caruso, President and CEO
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 118
Number of Volunteers 67,831
Number of Clients Served 1.3 million
Tags / Keywords Philanthropy/Voluntarism, Nonprofit Services, Disabilities, Housing & Homelessness, Aging Adult Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Children & Families, Hunger, Civil Rights/Advocacy
General Information
Board Chair Richard Davis
Number of Board Members 53
Board meetings with quorum 11
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 37
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Last year, Greater Twin Cities United Way and its partners: fed 151,286 hungry people; provided shelter and/or housing services for 8,591 people; increased earnings for 11,243 people; provided safety services for 69,917 people; ensured 5,879 children are fully prepared for kindergarten or age-appropriate in development; increased early grade literacy for 4,155 children; engaged 32,277 youth in quality out-of-school-time programs; provided health care access for 61,569 uninsured people; engaged 25,025 youth in healthy behaviors; and supported 32,556 older adults and people living with disabilities.
Current Goals
In 2013, Greater Twin Cities United Way will 1) Build pathways out of poverty through our work in stabilizing families, helping children succeed and empowering healthy lives. We focus on 10 goal areas; specific quantitative goals and annual progress are reported in our Community Report and Community Results publications, published annually in July. Our goals include: Increase food in the emergency food system; provide shelter and/or housing services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; increase earnings through job training and earned income tax credits; provide safety services for people resolving domestic violence; ensured children are fully prepared for kindergarten or age-appropriate in development; increase early grade literacy for K-3 students; provided youth with quality out-of-school-time programs that offer enrichment and academic opportunities; provide access to healthcare for uninsured people; engage youth in healthy behaviors, health screenings and obesity and diabetes prevention programs; and support older adults and people with disabilities to remain independent. 2) Engage people across the nine-county region to give, advocate and volunteer with our invitation to LIVE UNITED. 3) Deliver strong operating results that focus on donors and community partner needs.
Community or Constituency Served
United Way focuses on three areas - basic needs, education and health - and serves people living at or below 200 percent of poverty in nine counties: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington.
Geographic Area Served
Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $82,196,560 88.5%
Management: $3,145,319 3.4%
Fundraising: $7,483,989 8.1%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $35,833,346 $30,406,180 $28,173,397
Beginning of Year $30,406,180 $28,173,397 $30,437,430
Difference $5,427,166 $2,232,783 ($2,264,033)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $35,833,346
Based on information provided on 2011 to 2013
From the Charity Greater Twin Cities United Way is committed to adhering to high standards of accountability and transparency as we conduct our important work to improve our community. We are pleased to participate in the Charities Review Council’s accountability standards process and to receive a “Meets All Standards” report. We take our role as a trusted community leader very seriously and operate with the highest integrity. To learn more about Greater Twin Cities United Way, please visit or call us at (612)340-7400.
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