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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: United Way improves lives and advances the common good in the Capital Region by mobilizing the caring power of donors, volunteers and community partners to give, volunteer and advocate for people in need within our region.

Target demographics: children, individuals and families meet their basic needs and access opportunities for a great education, a stable income and good health ... which are the building blocks we all need for a good life.

Geographic areas served: New York's Greater Capital Region

Programs: Uwgcr's community impact initatives are the heart of our mission "to advance the common good. " with everyone's help, uwgcr creates opportunities for a better life by focusing on meeting basic needs, a quality education that leads to a better job, which provides a stable family income, and good health.

donor designated contributions. Donors can choose to contribute to united way's community care fund, or a specific initiative as well as choosing to donate to other non-profit 501(c)3 agencies. There funds are collected and distributed quarterly to the agencies.

2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number that connects callers to free information about health and human services avaliable in their community. United way's 2-1-1 northeast region activities cover 21 counties, are avaliable 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, or 24 hours a day online, with help avaliable in 240 languages. When people get assitance to overcome life's challenges, they are less likely to experience long-term problems that affect their families and community.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Agency is doing a great job. Our company campaign increased significantly this year. The CEO and the County Sheriff both spoke at our employee meetings and gave a great first hand account of the needs in our area. As the campaign manager for many years, I see how far they have come in just the past 2 years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I 100% support United Way GCR. The people are all wonderful and quirky and dedicated to making a difference in our community. When I first got involved with UW, I had no idea the profound support that they offer so many community programs. The impact the United Way has on other non-profits in the region is unmatched; many of them wouldn't be able to survive with out it. I am grateful that I was able to get involved at such a meaningful level.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received support for a difficult issue through my union rep who contacted them on my behalf. Financial and referral resources were given me and we were able to stay in our home.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I received a personal thank you from the CEO this year. Hand written. I have been donating for years through my workplace. first time this has ever happened.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our agency just received funding from the United Way. It was a rigorous process that emphasized results. I see United Way everywhere and this was not the case a few years ago. They are truly making a difference.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our agency receives funding from United Way. They have done a great job the last year with communicating their impact agenda. they have also done much to improve their visibility and brand. The agency was in trouble a few years ago but is on the right track.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

United Way is back on track. Some key changes in leadership have made all the difference. they are including agencies in the discussions about the future. They are trying to raise awareness and money. They have some innovative advertising and marketing strategies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am involved with the community impact committee and am impressed with the progress we are making. In a difficult economy, we have managed to stabilize our funding and still make the shift to funding strategies that have higher impact. We have an outstanding income stability effort in our Cash program and are now funding hunger initiatives that truly make a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our agency was unhappy with the leadership and direction of United way. that has all changed in the last 2 years. the organization is doing a good job communicating, has reorganized internally and externally and a few new key hires are bringing new skills and passion to the organization.
Our board thinks thety are on the right track in a difficult time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization has gone through a dramatic change in the last two years. They are much more visible and relevant. There is new leadership that is trying hard to elevate the importance of community-wide support for important unmet bneeds. Our agency receives funding and we were close to leaving two years ago. we are now committed and feeling strong about the direction the agency is headed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I had stopped giving but recently returned after a visit from the CEO and Board Chairman. I had been a major donor and thought the organization had lost it's focus. i am convinced now that they are on the right track. The chairman is a Labor Leader and I am not pro-union, but I felt his commitment to the larger community. The CEO is not typical. He is reserved, almost quiet but in researching him and I did, I found that key community, business and non profits found him to be sincere and highly effective. I am renewing my support and my company's as a result. They are not out of the woods and giving had been declining but I think they have the right people to turn it around.

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Board Member

Rating: 3

This organization is well governed by our Board of Directors. We have been through some difficult times and a merger a few years ago that did not go very well. New management and a renewed commitment on the part of our Board have us headed in the right direction. A new Campaign team is in place and the community Impact agenda is finally on target and moving forward. Our Board is very positive and feels we are headed in the right direction.
We take our fiduciary responsibilities very seriously and our overhead is coming down due to creative fund raising and budget management.
Outreach to agencies who were unhappy has been a priority and a renewed commitment from the community is developing.

Donor

Rating: 1

I personally know one of the managing members and believe that they are overpaid. When the average salary in Amsterdam NY is 40K, could someone explain to me why this person is making 100K+. I would rather give to a church at least the money will go to those who put the mission before fancy houses and cars.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I've been a donor to United Way Capital District for 10+ years and I'm not impressed by the financial score of this organization. Compare this group to other United Way chapters and you'll agree. They better improve their score or they'll lose my annual donations to another organization that is more fiscally responsibie.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I represented a funded agency that was continuously cut for a number of years. They were moving to an impact strategy and had decided to fund it by cutting all the traditional agencies. A new Board got put in place and a new Executive Director who tabled those changes and is sekking to reverse the decline in giving. I am encouraged by their direction and progress too date.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been through some challenging times. A new CEO has been brought in to rejuvenate the organization. There appears to be a lot of positive change happening now. They are trying to focus on major impact areas and generate new funding.

Review from Guidestar