EIN 42-0680425

United Way of Central Iowa

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Lead community change to improve lives in the priorities of education, income and health. Mobilize Central iowans to give, advocate and volunteer. To improve lives by uniting the caring power of our community. Improve lives by uniting the caring power of community.
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Program areas at United Way of Central Iowa

Community investments-education: United Way grants improve the quality of early learning centers and home care providers in Central Iowa's lowest-income neighborhoods; ensure children read at grade level; provide quality in- and after-school programs; and ensure more youth graduate from high school on time. 2021 accomplishments include:* over 650 students Central Iowa children received two free pairs of glasses through vision to learn; * through read to succeed over 3,100 reading kits were constructed for third grade students at 39 schools; * more than 45,000 books were collected and distributed throughout Central Iowa through stuff the bus.
Community investments - income: United Way grants help lower-income Central iowans prepare for and secure better jobs, learn to manage their money, find safe and affordable housing, obtain free tax preparation and legal services, and sustain a community-wide safety net of emergency food and shelter. 2021 accomplishments include:* 984 tax returns for low-income Central iowans were completed free of charge by United Way volunteers, returning $2.6 million to the community. * 1,380 individuals were placed in jobs or advanced in jobs through United way-funded programs; and* 2,613 individuals participated in workforce programs funded by United Way
Community investments - health: United Way grants help people gain access to affordable health care (including mental health), live in safe environments, and improve their wellness through healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. 2021 accomplishments include: * over 106,000 Central iowans participated in mental health literacy webinars and 12,291 Central iowans were screened and provided an intervention by a mental health provider. * over 91,000 lbs of fresh produce were grown in community and corporate giving gardens supported by United Way, feeding 75,905 Central iowans; and* 5,753 Central iowans accessed affordable dental services funded by United Way of Central Iowa.
United Way community impact services: United Way funds 2-1-1, a telephone helpline, providing information and referrals for people needing human services. The volunteer engagement program mobilizes volunteers aligned with goals for 2020 in education, income and health. Community impact services staff research community conditions and measures progress of United Way investments to reach goals for 2020. Community impact services also oversees a volunteer, citizen-led accountability process of United way-supported programs in partner organizations. $4,962,009 of donor designations are included in the total expenses.

Grants made by United Way of Central Iowa

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Orchard PlaceDirect Clinical Services, Pace, School Based Mental Health Training, Reach for the Stars, Children's Mobile Crisis, and Covid Support$1,081,493
EveryStep / Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa (VNS)5-2-1-0 Let's Go, Community Home Visiting, Child Care Nurse Consultants, Literacy Specialist, Developmental Screenings, and Nurse Family Connections, and Covid Support$1,043,565
Dental ConnectionsDental Clinic, Little Healthy Smiles, School Smiles, Smile Squad and Covid Support$724,974
...and 82 more grants made totalling $13,774,497

Who funds United Way of Central Iowa

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Blackbaud Giving FundGeneral Support$1,176,563
American Online Giving FoundationGeneral Support$1,128,899
Athene Charitable FoundationCivic & Community$578,522
...and 147 more grants received totalling $8,125,733
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of LaborREINTEGRATION OF EX-OFFENDERS$366,127
Department of LaborREINTEGRATION OF EX-OFFENDERS$140,386
...and 3 more federal grants / contracts

Personnel at United Way of Central Iowa

Elisabeth BuckPresident$236,007
Sarah RoyChief Operating Officer$196,096
Renee MillerChief Community Impact Officer$142,694
Melanie CampbellChief Donor Engagement Officer$133,360
Adam WildmanData and Technology Director$103,985
...and 21 more key personnel

Financials for United Way of Central Iowa

RevenuesFYE 06/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$29,540,750
Program services$605,525
Investment income and dividends$106,841
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$-98,996
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$9,638
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$30,163,758

Form 990s for United Way of Central Iowa

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-062022-02-15990View PDF
2020-062021-04-12990View PDF
2019-062020-11-23990View PDF
2018-062019-07-23990View PDF
2017-062018-04-10990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 27, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Robert E and Gladys G Wilkins Charitable Foundation
September 29, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
September 29, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 14 new grant, including a grant for $173,000 from United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI)
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Provides grantsLobbyingState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsTax deductible donations
General information
1111 9th St Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50314
Metro area
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
Polk County, IA
Website URL
(515) 246-6500
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T30: Public Foundations
NAICS code, primary
624190: Individual and Family Services
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