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Community Development : United Ways (Grantmaking/Grants Payable)

Heart of West Michigan United Way

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four stars

94.75

118 Commerce Avenue, SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
tel: (616) 459-6281   Web Site
EIN: 38-1360923

Board Leadership
Janet Veldhouse
Chair

CEO
Michelle Van Dyke
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.75 four stars
  Financial 93.75 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Heart of West Michigan United Way's mission is to mobilize the caring power of individuals and organizations to help people measurably improve their lives. Our vision is a vibrant, safe and caring community where all children thrive and all people enjoy maximum health and self-sufficiency. United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life - a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Heart of West Michigan United Way's mission is to mobilize the caring power of individuals and organizations to help people measurably improve their lives. Our vision is a vibrant, safe and caring community where all children thrive and all people enjoy maximum health and self-sufficiency. United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life - a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

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Financial

four stars

93.75

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
88.0%
  Administrative Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.18
  Program Expenses Growth -4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Heart of West Michigan United Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Heart of West Michigan United Way on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Heart of West Michigan United Way (MI) 94.75 four stars
United Way of Rock River Valley (IL) 90.73 four stars
Brown County United Way (WI) 89.90 three stars
United Way of St. Charles (LA) 90.78 four stars
United Way Of Alamance County (NC) 91.12 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,330,761
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $703,979
Total Contributions $13,034,740
   Program Service Revenue $310,271
Total Primary Revenue $13,345,011
   Other Revenue $985,640
TOTAL REVENUE $14,330,651
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,527,297
   Administrative Expenses $398,386
   Fundraising Expenses $1,091,104
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,016,787
   
Payments to Affiliates $180,405
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,313,864
   
Net Assets $22,791,733

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
Community Investment and Donor Designated Funds $9,180,209 79.6%
Internal Community Service Programs $2,111,171 18.3%
Schools of Hope $235,917 2.0%

Ratings History
Heart of West Michigan United Way has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 12/01/2018 94.75 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 90.71 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 90.71 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 93.48 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 84.07 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 93.14 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 96.31 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.45 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 90.82 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 89.77 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/24/2010 81.47 three stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 83.33 three stars
2007-06 07/01/2008 81.38 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 95.41 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 93.89 four stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 94.40 four stars
2003-06 03/01/2004 83.96 three stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 86.77 three stars
2000-12 04/15/2002 74.58 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 38-1360923
Name in IRS Master File HEART OF WEST MICHIGAN UNITED WAY
NTEE Code T70
NTEE Classification Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (600) Community Chest, United Way, etc.
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 December, 1961
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$218,290 1.67% Michelle Van Dyke President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Heart of West Michigan United Way (MI) 94.75 four stars
United Way of Yellowstone County (MT) 95.47 four stars
United Way of Gloucester County (NJ) 97.98 four stars
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg (VA) 91.85 four stars
United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (MA) 87.50 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Heart of West Michigan United Way
118 Commerce Avenue, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
tel: (616) 459-6281
EIN: 38-1360923

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Board Leadership

Janet Veldhouse
Chair

CEO

Michelle Van Dyke
President, CEO

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