Capital Area United Way: State of the United Way Address

By: Lori Jane Gliha
By: Lori Jane Gliha

"A New Day. A New Way. Give through your Capital Area United Way." That's the new slogan Capital Area United Way members adopted after developing sixteen ways to improve the organization.

The group, still trying to recover at least a million dollars of the nearly two million embezzled by a former employee, is about to kick off their next giving campaign, and they want the community to know they're dedicated to restoring trust with the public.

The Capital Area United Way has recovered $610,000 from insurance, they've recovered about $300 thousand from the sale of Jackie Allen-MacGregor's horses, and they're trying to negotiate a plan to sell more of her assets.

Also, lawyers for the United Way have filed a lawsuit in circuit court against specific auditors at KPMG, an auditing firm involved in the United Ways' audits a few years ago. They hope to recoup some money from that lawsuit as well.

United Way members are going to save money in the coming year by leaving the Senior Vice President position vacant. The person holding that position resigned earlier this year. Staff estimates they'll save $94,000 by not hiring someone to fill that position.

Meanwhile, the United Way will wrap up its search for a new president by selecting a few finalists. On June 17, the public will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions in an effort to help select the next United Way president.

United Way board members are also getting the public more involved in their giving campaign. Donors will have more access to financial statements at the United Way. They will receive a guarantee that the money they donate will go directly towards the programs for which they were initially intended.

The sixteen changes include:

  • Board Reform
  • Leadership Change
  • Formula for Restitution
  • Board and Staff Code of Ethics
  • Donor Bill of Rights
  • Conflict of Interest policy and Statement of Disclosure
  • Blue Ribbon Panel Review of Financial Security
  • New Internal Control Policies
  • National Standards for Accountability And Financial Oversight
  • Non-Profit "Guiding Principles"
  • Non-Profit "Standards of Practice"
  • Evaluation of Alternative Collection Systems
  • Re-Engineering of Internal Processing
  • Crisis Communication Plan
  • Agency Parnerships for Fair and Effective Funding
  • Public Accountability for Ongoing Fundamental Change


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