United Way earns 'Meets All Standards' award | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

United Way earns 'Meets All Standards' award

Posted: January 20, 2014 - 8:26pm

United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties announced it has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal.

The certification and seal indicate that United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties meets all 27 of the council’s accountability standards.

Nonprofit organizations such as United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties earn the seal by voluntarily participating in the council’s online Accountability Wizard. The Accountability Wizard is available to all nonprofit organizations and addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity and fundraising. By participating in the Accountability Wizard, nonprofit organizations can demonstrate responsibility, integrity and transparency to their constituents.

United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties is now listed as a reviewed organization on the online Giving Guide of the Council’s Smart Givers Network, www.smartgivers.org, and the Council’s Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits. The listings help a nonprofit organization demonstrate to the public its commitment to accountable and ethical practices and that it is a trustworthy organization. The giving public can investigate an organization’s mission statement and programs, so they can be sure of what their money supports and be sure that the organization meets widely accepted standards.

United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties currently provides funding for 31 local nonprofit organizations working to support our community members in need.

“Receiving the ‘Meets Standards’ seal demonstrates our commitment to ethical business practices, not only to the agencies we serve, but to the greater community,” said Tim Houle, board president of United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties. “We are honored to receive this designation and all it represents.”

For more information about United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties, interested persons may contact Amy Gray at 218-829-2619 or amy.uw@brainerd.net or visit www.unitedwaynow.org.