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Community Development : United Ways (Grantmaking)

United Way of Southwest Louisiana

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

four stars

91.12

815 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601
tel: (888) 433-1088   Web Site
EIN: 72-0456901

Board Leadership
Barry Brown
Chair

CEO
Denise Durel
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.12 four stars
  Financial 87.45 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

For over 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community. When you join the team this year, you're supporting a powerful movement to rebuild and revitalize from the direct impacts of 5 federally declared natural disasters in 10 months. (Hurricanes Laura & Delta, Winter Storm Uri, Pandemic and now unprecedented flooding)

Corporate Cornerstone companies cover 94 - 96% of administrative and fundraising costs each year. They give directly to that purpose so no donor dollars are ever used on admin or fundraising. This is not taken into consideration when the rating is given here.

For over 81 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community. When you join the team this year, you're supporting a powerful movement to rebuild and revitalize from the direct impacts of 5 federally declared natural disasters in 10 months. (Hurricanes Laura & Delta, Winter Storm Uri, Pandemic and now unprecedented flooding)

Corporate Cornerstone companies cover 94 - 96% of administrative and fundraising costs each year. They give directly to that purpose so no donor dollars are ever used on admin or fundraising. This is not taken into consideration when the rating is given here.

Financial

three stars

87.45

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
76.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.37
  Program Expenses Growth 4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by United Way of Southwest Louisiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by United Way of Southwest Louisiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people/communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile.

Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana's initiative, The Path Home, came from feedback regarding our homeless population We found a need for a family shelter when young males were being separated from their mothers when looking for shelter We will open the first family shelter in Southwest Louisiana and each member of the family will get individualized help along a path toward their own home
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
United Way of Southwest Louisiana (LA) 91.12 four stars
United Way of Marion County (FL) 93.79 four stars
United Way of Rhode Island (RI) 86.67 three stars
United Way of Missoula County (MT) 86.89 three stars
River Region United Way (AL) 89.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,020,836
   Federated Campaigns $73,892
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $86,551
Total Contributions $4,181,279
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,181,279
   Other Revenue $186,299
TOTAL REVENUE $4,367,578
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,220,351
   Administrative Expenses $477,645
   Fundraising Expenses $535,571
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,233,567
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $134,011
   
Net Assets $5,988,078

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Allocation to United Way Agency Partners $2,264,738 70.3%
Training and Management Costs $540,246 16.8%
Supporting Community Programs $415,367 12.9%

Ratings History
United Way of Southwest Louisiana has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 07/01/2020 91.12 four stars
2018-06 12/01/2019 90.98 four stars
2018-06 05/01/2019 90.73 four stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 89.84 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 83.70 three stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 87.11 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 92.59 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 91.37 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 85.31 three stars
2012-06 11/01/2013 74.30 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 72-0456901
Name in IRS Master File UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (600) Community Chest, United Way, etc.
(927) Fundraising
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 1954
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$142,081 3.35% Denise Durel President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
United Way of Southwest Louisiana (LA) 91.12 four stars
United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois (IL) 90.88 four stars
United Way of Olmsted County (MN) 87.79 three stars
United Way of Central Ohio (OH) 87.62 three stars
United Way Suncoast (FL) 92.85 four stars

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Official Charity Response

United Way of Southwest Louisiana's Corporate Cornerstone companies donate directly to the administrative and fundraising costs of the organization. This covers 94-96% of those costs each year. No donor gifts are ever used to pay for fundraising costs or administrative expenses. This is not shown in our rating as we are unable to show it on our IRS form 990.

Constituent Feedback

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Charity Contact Info

United Way of Southwest Louisiana
815 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
tel: (888) 433-1088
fax: (337) 433-3679
TTY: (888) 433-1088
EIN: 72-0456901

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Board Leadership

Barry Brown
Chair

CEO

Denise Durel
President & CEO

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