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March 31, 2011

United Way of Lane County (UWLC) is classified by Charity Navigator as a fundraising organization. As such, UWLC's rating is solely determined by revenue growth per Federal Form 990. There is no measurement of community development, United Way’s proven strength.

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has been dependent on grant revenue (for work in health and education) and our workplace campaigns. Grant awards to all nonprofits have been diminished by the recession. Workplace campaigns in this region have been severely reduced by workplace closures that left Lane County, Oregon with double-digit unemployment rates. Based on revenue growth and sound fiscal management, UWLC was a 4-Star Charity before the recession.

This drop in income has required signifcant budget cuts for UWLC so that it can continue to fund 44 partner agencies, exercise prudent governance, and expanded its role as a community convener.

Developing key community partnerships, along with accessing and leveraging resources other than money, are not reflected on Federal Form 990 but have resulted in streamlined community-wide improvements in access to healthcare, moving families from poverty to self-sufficiency, the reduction of child abuse, early childhood literacy, and service access through the 211 system.

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