EIN 38-1360923

Heart of West Michigan United Way (HWMUW)

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We unite community resources to invest in solutions that reduce poverty in West Michigan. West Michigan is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
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Program areas at HWMUW

Community investment funds of $2,907,000 went to nonprofit providers that provide direct service to people in kent county. Direct services were provided to approximately 67,000 individuals and 16,000 families. Donors may designate gifts to other United ways or specific charitable organizations. Additionally, in support of equity work, $315,000 was granted to bipoc led organizations. Donor directed designations of $1,901,000 were made to other United ways, United Way programs and/or other charitable organizations. Agency impact utilizes a volunteer driven process to review proposals for United Way funding from local non-profits. They make recommendations to United Way and its board of directors to invest in programs that will achieve measurable impact within the community driven by United Way's focus on reducing poverty through investments in family stability, youth education and financial security. Community impact decisions are based on best-practice research and reported annually.
Coronavirus emergency rental assistance program. United Way is the recipient of federally granted funding to assist renters with rental and utility assistance. During the year over 9,400 kent county residents were served by the program.
Internal community service programs include 2-1-1, kent county tax credit coalition (kctcc), volunteer center, labor participation program, women United and young leaders. United Way 2-1-1 is a free health and human services "hotline" that connects callers to more than 8,000 distinct services in 14 western and northern Michigan counties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is staffed and managed by extensively trained and certified United Way staff members. United Way's 211 service supported Michigan residents by taking over 84,000 calls during the year. United Way kctcc engages over 150 volunteers to help working individuals and families gain economic stability with free income tax return preparation, ensuring that the earned income tax credit is received by those who are eligible.
The kent county essential needs task force and grand rapids area coalition to end homelessness focus on system change with an emphasis on collective impact and the interconnectedness of all systems. The committees are a reflection of those basic needs the community has deemed essential to the success of all residents. In addition to housing/homelessness, committees include energy efficiency, food and nutrition, kent county food policy council, economic and workforce development, transportation, and digital inclusion.
The great start collaborative (gsc) of kent county serves as the local infrastructure for governance, planning, investment, advocacy, and innovation for Michigan's great start system. Our collaborative is part of a network of 54 great start collaboratives and 60 great start parent coalitions working through the Michigan office of great start (ogs). Charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success.

Grants made by HWMUW

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Family Promise of Grand RapidsAllocation / Donor Designation /pass Thru$1,077,501
Kent County Community Action AgencyPass Thru$787,859
YWCA West Central MichiganAllocation / Donor Designation$268,884
...and 82 more grants made totalling $6,182,070

Who funds Heart of West Michigan United Way (HWMUW)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Michigan 2-1-1Connect Michigan Residents With Help and Answers From Thousands of Health and Human Services Agencies and Resources Right in Their Communities.$1,943,382
Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding TrustUnrestricted General Support$750,000
W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)Increase Effective and Efficient Data Sharing for System Wide Analysis, Planning and Decision Making By Supporting the Data Capacity of Workforce Development Partners$150,000
...and 36 more grants received totalling $3,734,865
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of the TreasuryCOVID-19 - EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM$32,619,329
Department of the TreasuryCOVID-19 - EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM$10,852,299
Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentCOVID-19 - EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM$1,222,845
...and 12 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at HWMUW

Michelle van DykePresident and Chief Executive Officer$240,067
Gail MontgomeryVice President of Finance$122,321
Rebecca PostmaChief Administrative Officer$115,405
Shannon Blackmon-GardnerVice President - Community Impact$106,779
Ellen CarpenterVice President of Donor Strategy, Marketing and Volunteer Center$103,635
...and 9 more key personnel

Financials for HWMUW

RevenuesFYE 06/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$54,457,681
Program services$1,037,291
Investment income and dividends$493,455
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$750,208
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$117,673
Total revenues$56,856,308

Form 990s for HWMUW

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062021-11-03990View PDF
2020-062021-02-24990View PDF
2019-062019-12-13990View PDF
2018-062019-02-21990View PDF
2017-062017-12-26990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $150,000 from W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)
September 27, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
August 4, 2022
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $200,000 from The Doornink Foundation
July 7, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
July 2, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsFamily service centersCharities
Community improvement
Provides grantsLobbyingState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
118 Commerce Ave SW Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Metro area
Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI
Kent County, MI
Website URL
(616) 459-6281
Facebook page
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T00: Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations: General
NAICS code, primary
624190: Individual and Family Services
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