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About Us

United Way of Gordon County is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Gordon County area. We work every day to advance the common good by investing in quality human service programs and by working with philanthropists, businesses, churches, local governments, and dedicated community volunteers to create lasting and measurable changes. United Way creates opportunities for all by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: Education, Basic Needs, and Health.

Our Mission

To accurately assess the needs of Gordon County and to mobilize available resources to meet these needs.

We serve 18 local agencies in Gordon County, as well as serving as a referral source for the community.

 

The Young Leaders Society Mission 

The mission of the United Way of Gordon County Young Leaders Society is to foster opportunities for volunteerism, philanthropy, and a spirit of caring throughout the communities in which we live and work.

 

United Way Worldwide Membership Standards

   Accountability

At United Way, we know success is measured by how our mission is achieved — to make measurable improvements in communities. Setting high standards for ourselves and for our local partners is critical for that success. Annually, all United Ways certify their adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations. Specifically, United Ways must meet the following:

 

Tax-Exempt Status

All United Ways must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations
 

Governance

United Ways are governed by active, responsible, and voluntary governing boards to ensure effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization. These boards are responsible for United Ways delivering on their mission to advance the common good.

 

Ethics

All United Ways follow locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff that include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure.

 

Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusiveness, as defined by the United Way of Gordon County, provides equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, creed, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, sex, age, or national origin. The United Way of Gordon County promotes the full realization of this policy through the positive recognition of the value of inclusiveness.

 

Financial Accountability

United Ways undergo annual financial audits conducted by independent certified public accountants whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards. In addition, United Ways have developed comprehensive requirements for completion of audited financial statements to ensure consistency and transparency system-wide. These requirements are based on industry best practices and comport with generally accepted accounting principles. Smaller United Ways (with less than $100,000 in annual revenue) may undergo an independent financial review.

 

Performance Excellence

Every three years, United Ways conduct self-assessments of their governance, financial management and impact in the community.

 

Public Reporting and Disclosure

United Ways must file the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner and will provide the IRS Form 990 on their website, at their offices, or upon request.

 

Legal

United Ways comply with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements.

 

Support the United Way Network

United Ways provide financial support to United Way Worldwide and follow standards to use United Way's trademarks. United Ways charge fees based on actual expenses for donor-designated gifts and other processing services. That 1% is paid by the Board of Director's contributions to United Way of Gordon County.

Transparency

United Way of Gordon County is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. It is the policy of this United Way to recruit, hire, train, transfer, compensate, promote and terminate without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or handicap. This policy extends to all agencies that request and/or receive funding from United Way of Gordon County and also to the volunteers who make up the United Way of Gordon County Board of Directors. United Way strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion. Our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers reflect the many faces, cultures, and walks of life that proudly makes up our world. We respect, value and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We also believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities. It is our aim, therefore, that our partners, strategies, and investments reflect these core values.

Privacy Policy

United Way of Gordon County, values the trust donors and other stakeholders place in the organization and adhere to the highest standards for collecting, using and safeguarding personal information. The information collected from donors and stakeholders may be used for pledge processing, recognition and United Way communications, including, but not limited to email, mail, text, phone or fax. United Way of Gordon County does not trade or sell personal information. United Way of Gordon County does not share personal information without the prior donor or stakeholder consent unless required to by law. Donors and stakeholders may opt-out of receiving email, text or other correspondence at any time by contacting United Way of Gordon County or by following the unsubscribe instructions within any communication.