Mission: The mission of United Way of Denton County is to improve and transform lives in Denton County.

Established in 1953, United Way of Denton County empowers donors, volunteers, businesses, governments, nonprofits, and community groups for a better Denton County community. Working together, we identify our community's most critical needs and implement collaborative solutions.

Armed with results of our Community Needs Assessment, United Way of Denton County follows a dual strategy to improve and transform lives in Denton County. Where services already exist, we partner with relevant agencies to amplify their impact with targeted investments in our Partner Agencies. Where services don't already exist, we draw community stakeholders to the table as equals in Collective Impact Initiatives, collaborative efforts where United Way of Denton County serves as the backbone to create positive change.

United Way of Denton County is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1971, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.unitedwaydenton.org/

  1314 Teasley Lane
Denton TX 76205 

  940-566-5851


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for United Way of Denton County is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 88.19, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View United Way of Denton County's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

80.6%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

5.6%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

13.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

68.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.15


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.70 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

1.56%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
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Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Gary Henderson, CEO

$108,989 (4.07% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2021

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Fundraising (BMF activity code: 927)

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)

Community Chest, United Way, etc. (BMF activity code: 600)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

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Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


United Way of Denton County reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Unrestricted donations to our organization declined by over 25%. We were able to secure a PPP loan to keep our staff intact while fielding a tremendous increase in need from the community (300% increase). The COVID crisis prompted us to build on governmental relationships and previously created framework for homelessness reduction to create a highly effective Denton County Eviction Prevention Program in collaboration with nine other Denton County nonprofits. With CARES Act Funding provided by the Denton County Commissioner’s Court, this program has helped over 3,100 households across Denton County with rent/mortgage/hotel assistance preventing an astounding 852% spike in Denton County’s homeless population.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Eviction Prevention became a focus for us in 2020. In addition, we worked closely with Denton County to support nonprofits on the front lines. Agencies assisting residents with food, rent/mortgage assistance, health/mental health care received grants through the Denton County CARES. Funds were deployed to expand nonprofit capacity to respond to the drastically increased needs. We leveraged our influence to further support our nonprofit community with large corporate donations of PPE like face masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The past year challenged us to work differently. To protect the health and safety of our staff, we shifted to a 100% virtual environment using unfamiliar technology to Denton County’s nonprofit world like zoom and Microsoft Teams. Our team embraced this technology and found new ways to enhance collaborations with partners to increase effectiveness and efficiencies. Other changes included the addition of temporary Eviction Prevention employees to handle the influx of applications and need from Denton County households struggling in the wake of the financial crisis. Many of our programs were forced to divert from the norm: The board leadership program trained volunteers in a virtual environment. Our free tax preparation program went from dozens of on-site locations in the community to virtual interviews and document uploads. In addition, we launched the Family Child Care Network to help parents get back to work by increasing affordable and flexible options for working families.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

When the crisis hit, we mobilized a collaborative response to buoy devastated people and overwhelmed nonprofits to help them recover. It’s now time to reimagine systems to repair the inadequate nonprofit infrastructure that supports the education, financial stability, and health/mental health of our county. We are maximizing the influx of federal stimulus funds to reimagine solutions to homelessness for our Veterans and boost our Rapid Re-housing Program with additional case managers like Taylor who recently guided a young couple living in a tent to their first apartment in less than a month, even helping to find one employment. In addition, we are committed to finally putting an End to Veteran Homelessness in Denton County through partnership with other Veteran organizations. Zoom and Microsoft Teams collaboration is here to stay. We are taking lessons learned from 2020 to reimagine systems and processes in order to impact more individuals, families, and nonprofits.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/1/20192019 88.19
2/1/20192018 93.92
3/1/20182017 92.79
3/1/20172016 100.00
6/1/20162015 97.46
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152015 96.49
7/1/20152014 91.44
2/1/20142013 83.36
3/1/20132012 82.53
8/1/20122011 89.50

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

United Way of Denton County cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



United Way of Denton County reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,291,914

Spent in most recent FY

61%

Percent of program expenses


Community Investments


$611,101

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


Community Capacity


$163,336

Spent in most recent FY

7%

Percent of program expenses


Community Education


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by United Way of Denton County is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The mission of United Way of Denton County is to improve and transform lives in Denton County, TX.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


The vision of United Way of Denton County is to help Children and Families succeed, guide and serve Veterans and their families, make Homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring, and advocate for overall Mental Health.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: . Build & enhance cross-sector relationships across Denton County that help meet complex community needs

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Support & strengthen the Denton County nonprofit community & lead collective impact initiatives to improve and transform lives in Denton County

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Cultivate & steward donors to retain & grow their annual contribution

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

During the past 12 months, we have dedicated time and effort to Racial Equity training for staff and board. This training involves

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

United Way of Denton County works with a network of nonprofit partners, businesses, and government to achieve our mission to improve and transform lives in Denton County. We provide leadership and backbone support to three county-wide collective impact efforts with appointees providing expertise and experience to address complex issues: 1.) Denton County Behavior Health Leadership Team, 2.) Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team, and 3.) Denton County Workforce Success Leadership Team. We work closely with local and state government and NGOs to maximize state and federal grant funding to impact these critical areas. We often join other Denton County leaders in Austin to advocate for local needs and concerns. Our advocacy priorities can be found at > www.unitedwaydenton.org/advocacy. We work hard to promote these issues and solutions throughout the community with presentations at Chamber and Rotary events, involvement in weekly Denton County government zoom calls, social media, etc.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


In 2020 United Way of Denton County became intentional in applying a lens of racial equity to our organization, our leadership, our work, and our network of partners. These discussions began in early 2020 and ramped up with the racial reckoning in our country following the murder of George Floyd. United Way of Denton County is committed to challenging systemic issues of racism and colorism and the impacts they have on our community. Like other communities across this country, Denton County's experience with race-related discriminatory practices has complicated the efforts of vulnerable communities to achieve parity in education, financial stability, and health & mental health. We are intentional in leading the conversation in our own organization and using our influence across the county to spark change that results in fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all people in Denton County.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Gary Henderson

President & Chief Executive Officer

Micah Tannery

Board Chair

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

United Way of Denton County is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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