Mission:

Improving lives by mobilizing communities to create lasting changes in community conditions.<br><br>Step Up for Our Youth<br><br>We believe in the power and potential of succe ... (More)

United Way of Northern Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1968, and donations are tax-deductible.  Cause: United Ways


Contact Information

  https://nazunitedway.org/

 1515 East Cedar Avenue
Suite D-1
Flagstaff AZ 86004 

  928-773-9813


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.18, earning it a 4-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, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

88.2%


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

4.6%


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

7.0%


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

35.6%


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

$0.07


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

0.46 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

-1.49%


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
No Material Diversion of Assets
Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant
Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties
Documents Board Meeting Minutes
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing
Compensates Board

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:
Conflict of Interest
Whistleblower
Records Retention and Destruction
CEO Compensation Process
Donor Privacy

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:
CEO Salary Listed on 990
Board of Directors Listed on Website
Key Staff Listed on Website
Audited Financial Statements on Website
Form 990 Available on Website

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available


Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



CAROL DYKES, PRESIDENTCEO

$94,822


BRUCE BLANKENSHIP, TREASURER

$0


RICHARD BOWEN, DIRECTOR

$0


STACEY BRECHLER-KNAGGS, VICE BOARD CHAIR

$0


SEDRIC CADE, LEGACY

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

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

Fundraising (BMF activity code: 927)

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


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

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that affected their financial health. 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. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


United Way of Northern Arizona reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Revenue

  • Balance Sheet


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

United Way of Northern Arizona was able to raise funds to distribute to social service nonprofits that provided services to those affected by the pandemic. The majority of the funds raised were for basic needs; food, shelter, and other basic need assistance. These were one-time funds which skewed our financial statements.


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

All of our in-person programs such as KinderCamp were canceled. Alternative methods of preparing children for kindergarten were implemented. The literacy kits that are usually distributed to kindercampers, alternately were given to every student entering kindergarten.


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

UWNA is a small staff of 4, we were able to work remotely from homes until the CDC guidelines indicated it was safe to return to the office.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Remote work will be an option in the future, as well as utilizing Zoom or other remote meeting platforms going forward. UWNA covers a large geographic area, having the ability to meet remotely had increased our ability to engage with outlying regions.


...   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 Northern Arizona 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



United Way of Northern Arizona reported its two largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,636,609

Spent in most recent FY

76%

Percent of program expenses


THROUGH THREE COMMUNITY-INSPIRED INITIATIVES WE BELIEVE ARE ESSENTIAL TO ACHIEVING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE IMPACT FOR OUR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY.EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTPOSITIVE YOUTH D ... (More)


$513,722

Spent in most recent FY

23%

Percent of program expenses


DONOR DESIGNATIONS: UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN ARIZONA HONORS DONOR REQUESTED DESIGNATIONS TO VARIOUS VERIFIED NOT FOR PROFIT 501(C)3 AGENCIES AS A COURTESY TO DONORS. SCHEDULE I REPORTS THESE AMOUNTS AS  ... (More)


...   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 Northern Arizona is a passing score.

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


Improving lives by mobilizing communities to create lasting changes in community conditions. Step Up for Our Youth. We believe in the power and potential of successful, resilient youth to create thriving communities. The United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) is investing in the power and potential of successful, resilient youth. Following are three community-inspired initiatives we believe are essential to achieving positive social change and sustainable impact for our youth and community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our youth are under stress, as evidenced by the number of children living in unstable home conditions, the rising trend in death by suicide among youth, and the lack of life – and decision-making skills that have led to problem behaviors and outcomes, causing harm to our youth and our community. Our youth need – and want – social, educational, and community support to succeed. The United Way – with our community partners – will address the critical community need. Serving the Flagstaff community since 1967, United Way of Northern Arizona is more committed than ever to collaborate with our valued partners to coordinate efforts and leverage resources to invest in the power and potential of successful and resilient youth. This is our community and our future. We are focused and determined to achieve our shared purpose. This is the new United Way of Northern Arizona.


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: Engage as a partner in community-based initiatives.

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


Goal Two: Communicate the passion and purpose of United Way of Northern Arizona with local leaders, nonprofit partners, workplace partners, donors, and the entire community.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Oversee and administer selected initiatives where our expertise and resources provide capacity and strength.

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

UWNA is committed to leadership development, although during the pandemic we did not invest in any leadership programs. The Board of Directors felt it was more important to utilize the funds that would have been spent in this area to help community members impacted by COVID19

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

An example of UWNA external mobilization is during the COVID19 pandemic, UWNA along with local government, social service non-profits, and community members created a Social Safety-Net coalition to help providers and those seeking services coordinate around what current needs in the community are and how collectively organizations can respond

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.


During the early stages of the COVID19 pandemic, when mandatory shutdowns were enacted it became increasingly clear that our community needed to figure out a way to work together to ensure that community members had enough to eat, a safe, and stable place to sleep, and emergency cash assistance. As a result, the CEO of UWNA, and the Director of the Coconino County health and human services department piloted a coalition that would work together to lead, support, and coordinate efforts to meet the ever-evolving needs of its citizens. The Social Safety Net Coalition defined the following goals; Fortify existing service providers to meet rapidly expanding demands for housing, food, and emergency cash assistance. Attract and align resources to maximize impact through a coordinated and collaborative effort. Communicate information to promote open, inclusive, and timely information sharing among social safety-net providers in order to develop assistance strategies, involve funders, and inform policymakers regarding the service demands and responses. Mobilize the delivery of emergency resources through a strategic framework that identifies service gaps and emerging issues.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

United Way of Northern Arizona is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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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Culture & Community Report

Not Scored

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


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. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.