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January 21, 2013
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January 21, 2013
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I was introduced to UCP in April 2011. Working with the UCP team has been wonderful. Their program is seamless and very easy to follow. You are provided an Operations Manual to help you have access to information at your fingertips plus everything is on their website, which is very user friendly.

I have always felt very good about my decision to use UCP, as they follow all IRS guidelines and assist me to make sure I am also following them. You see, I don't want to be a tax attorney or a tax accountant - UCP is my 'go to' for any concerns/issues that arise. I can access the balance and activity 24/7 with their secure online site.

Presently, I am the Program Manager for 6 foundations. These foundations are for NFL players, celebrities and corporate folks. With each one of these, I sat down and went through UCP's services and support functions. All were very pleased with UCP's attention to detail, security of their funds, resources, support team and their very reasonable fees. Not to mention their amazing IT team to assist with setting up your website with links for direct donations.

If you are looking to spend your time and efforts on fundraising and promoting your foundation, then UCP is the team you want managing all the 501c(3) regulations. Otherwise, you will be spinning your wheels paying exorbitant legal fees and who knows what else.

I have referred several folks to UCP, only to have them come back and thank me. I hope this helps you in your search for getting your foundation up and running.

Good luck with your foundation.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 22, 2011
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November 22, 2011
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We recently set up a program under UCP to honor the name of a US soldier that died in Iraq. UCP was able to quickly set up our grass roots effort. We are now making efforts to help wounded and PTSD soldiers re-acclimate back into their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

direct communication and their quick actions

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

November 14, 2011
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November 14, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

As a small business owner (since 1979), I have been so relieved and grateful to United Charitable Programs and their entire staff for creating a way for me to enjoy the "benefits without the burdens" of nonprofit work. If I had to do, or hire, all the work done that these people do, I would never have the time, energy, or the wherewithal to accomplish my charitable purposes.

In every single way, this organization and its people are well-oiled professionals, and I am so pleased I chose UCP.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I established a fiscally sponsored program with UCP

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them get their message out to the public

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

September 5, 2011
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September 5, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

Since the mid-1990's UCP or one of its previous entities have served to handle the administrative detail and oversight of our philanthropic activities. I am aware of the deep challenges they and many other organizations and businesses encountered in the economic downturn. However, they have steadfastly served in the private sector without an infusion of federal funds, in contrast to many who have received such funds, of late, and then squandered our national resources.

This is especially meaningful when our executive leadership forgoes receiving salary from our philanthropic activities, that span on-going current efforts in several states.

We have never found them difficult to work with and appreciate their professionalism for and commitment to the smaller or beginning entity.

I think they enable what Alexis de Tocqueville said, "A healthy democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions of its private citizens." UCP is focused, in part, on making it possible for a greater number of private citizens to pursue philanthropic efforts to the benefit of humanity and our culture.

Highly recommended.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They enable me to focus on building an organization with no executive overhead and yet fulfill all the requirements necessary to function well and legally in all 50 states for a lower overhead cost than possible under any other method.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strengthen their profile to the public through a wider variety of social media exposures.

May 12, 2011
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May 12, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I have been working with United Charitable Programs since its inception and am continuously impressed by their professionalism. Their staff possesses considerable knowledge and expertise in operating and managing a fiscally sponsored program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working professionally to successfully operate a charitable program in my community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

One of only two national charities that offer fiscal sponsorship

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 5, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
May 5, 2011
6 people found this review helpful

I wondered why this group asking for substantial sums and being trusted to disburse substantial sums to charitable programs did not list its Board on it web site anywhere. So I asked. The executive director wrote and said they do not list their Board. Rather, people have to ask for a list! She also mentioned that she and another person, Mr Houk, were actually co-directors and ran the organization professionally. She did not mention they were actually father-daughter and both are cited in Forbes and NY Times articles about the disastrous failure of their previous charity that they ran, National Heritage Foundation, which resulted in donor/investors losing $25 million in assets. That organization was run by 4 or 5 members all of the same family. If that experience is so far removed from UCP, why are they not supervised by others? Why do they still have the same address as NHF? State records or communications show that their CEO also serves as President and as Chair of the board! No officers are published by UCP, so one doesn't know if UCP even has a qualified treasurer.

At best there is a significant cloud hanging over this organization. A cloud seemingly of its leadership's own making. Needing the type of services UCP says it offers? There are other solid organizations with better transparency and deeper accountability to choose from.

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not being forthright about relationships and offices held between executives.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Avoid them.

May 3, 2011
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May 3, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

This organization has only three board members listed. Fiscally sponsored client organizations are to trust their funds to UCP that has only 3 board members? And only two members are required for any majority decision. And the CEO is ALSO the Board Chair!
What separation of power, what
accountability is that? Does the Board Chair evaluate the performance of the CEO? Does the Chair greatly influence the compensation of the CEO? How can the Chair terminate the CEO?
UCP recommends people visit their GuideStar listing. But there is no financial information shared there and no update on what they actually accomplish. Too much about this organization is suspect or undivulged.

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Trying to determine their expertise and capacity to manage well.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't. I would look for another organization to sponsor projects or to receive donations.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 3, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
May 3, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

This organization describes itself as existing since 2008. Yet their IRS ruling letter (from their own web site) is date marked in 2010.
Their director is listed in court documents linking her to the bankruptcy and failure of the Congressional Heritage Foundation. The primary defendant in that
case appears to be her father.
Organizations using their fiscal sponsorship are barred from having their own bank account. I never heard of a sponsoring organization prohibiting a nonprofit's board from conducting such legal business.
Their board is quite small and is not listed on their web site. Neither are the staff. Odd.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reviewing their own web site, corporate documents and GuideStar listing.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Require a lot more accountability and transparency of them. Have them publish on-line their board and staff lists, financial statements and 990.

March 7, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
March 7, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

I was lucky to run into the predecessors of UCP, National Heritage Foundation (NHF) and Congressional District Programs (CDP) around 1994, and have had at least one project with them ever since. I saw NHF get bullied by Congress and then get sued by a disgruntled director of one of their thousands of charitable projects. I understand that they had to argue in a local court in South Texas and lost the suit in front of a "home-town" court. This loss was personally devastating to the Houk family who have poured their hearts and souls into making this system work for the benefit of all of us. Any lesser folks would have quit. but they are dedicated to providing what the government never can, an easy and low-cost way to start and incubate a genuine charitable project. They reduce up-front costs and paperwork to a minimum and make it easy for anyone to start a charitable project.

So even though they have had a rough time of it, they have now put the past in the rear-view mirror, tightened up their procedures and are launching United Charitable Programs, which is particularly well-managed because of the trouble the Houks have had in the past. "Once burned, twice cautious" is the principle here. If you have a good charitable idea, for a small fee they will help you to get started, give you the coverage of the UCP IRS status during launch, and help you to grow your charitable project until it is too big for their incubator and can operate on its own. For this they charge less than 9 percent of the gross donations received. In return you get the legal, administrative, and accounting services of a major foundation. You can list UCP as your parent foundation when applying for grants, which helps greatly in terms of credibility.

Sure they have had some hard times, but everything has been clarified for me to my satisfaction, and I see the Houk family and United Charitable Programs as extremely able and trustworthy. I have never lost a dime with them, and feel very confident keeping my charitable projects, www.jugglingforsuccess.org and www.climatechangeiselementary.org with them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The predecessor to UCP, CDP, helped me to spend my time and energy booking schools, delivering the programs, and collecting the money. As a result I have had to spend very little time in "administrivia"

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let more people know that it exists, and that for under 9% of their gross proceeds any new foundation can get the help they need through UCP.

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

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