2019-2020 Annual Report
United, We Strengthen Our Community.
On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, I’m pleased to share the highlights of a year that was anything but ordinary.
Donors and corporate sponsors rallied to create a community safety net when COVID restrictions impacted almost everyone in the world.
From massive disruptions to education, including early childhood education to job security and job losses, the pandemic did not spare anyone from stress, employment changes, and health impacts, and was disproportionately devastating to people of color, particularly our Latinx community.
You, our stakeholders, are the fabric and thread for this safety net. As a philanthropic community leader, we invest your dollars in high impact programs that address today’s needs, advocate and collaborate with regional partners to reduce the needs of tomorrow, and support volunteers – nearly 2,000 each year – with meaningful experiences.
United Way of Larimer County saw several changes in 2019-2020, including expanding our Shared Services program for our nonprofit sector, creating the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, providing emergency assistance to our WomenGive recipients, and hosting a virtual fundraiser honoring our community’s invisible superheroes who rise to the occasion again and again to lift people up and ensure they have a path forward.
I encourage you to read our full 2019-2020 Annual Report to see first-hand the impacts you made in the community!Deirdre Sullivan, CEO & President
United Way of Larimer County
We are grateful for our supporters that strengthen our community through annual memberships in our giving programs. Click below to see the list of members that helped us make an impact this year.
Board of Directors
United Way of Larimer County was governed by the following community leaders in 2019 and 2020. We thank them for volunteering their time and using their creativity, expertise, and enthusiasm to help solve community problems.
Learn more about the passion and the drive that our wonderful United Way Board Members have by clicking here.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERSTracy Oldemeyer, Board Chair – Litigation Attorney & Partner, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, L.L.P Justin G. Davis, Vice-Chair – Founder/CEO & Managing Director, Impact Financial Strategies Rob Wagner, Treasurer – Senior Director, Cardiovascular and Critical Care Service Lines, UCHealth Kelly McBartlett, Secretary – Real Estate Broker/Partner, The Group Inc. Real Estate Denise McFann, Community Impact Committee Chair – Partner, Summit Hard Cider & Perry Co. Kevin Cory, HR Committee Chair – President, Human Capital Solutions, LLC
BOARD MEMBERSAnne Folk – Vice President of Human Resources, Nutrien Ag Solutions Joni Friedman – Outside Consultant, Skillful | Markle Foundation
Molly Ghent – Accountant/CPA, Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF)
Mike Hooker – Executive Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Colorado State University
Jeffrey Jackson – DRU Center Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Paul Mueller – Managing Director, Mueller Pye & Associates CPA, LLC.
Lorna Reeves – Private Banker and Consultant, Great Western Bank and Strata Leadership Cristina Diaz – Greeley Gear Up Parent Liaison, Greeley-Evans School District 6
Wendy Sparks – Chief Operations Officer, Banner Health Northern Colorado
Laura Jo Washle – Broker Associate/Partner, The Group Inc. Real Estate
Lise Youngblade – Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences – Colorado State University Human Development & Family Studies
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United Way of Larimer County carries over revenue balances from fiscal year to fiscal year due to the timing and distribution of donor-restricted funds. While donations may be received in one fiscal year for disaster recovery, WomenGive childcare scholarships, or Colorado Childcare Tax Credits, the distribution of the funds may not happen until the next fiscal year. Please see our 990 for more financial information.
Thanks to United Way of Larimer County’s Cornerstone partners and other corporate support, over 90% of every dollar goes directly to programs making an impact in our community – a significantly higher amount than 75%, which is the industry standard.
COVID Response Efforts
When the COVID-19 pandemic stunned the world, taking its toll on every individual and organization, including our community’s nonprofits, you responded. With your generous gifts, United Way of Larimer County partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to launch the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund.
To date, The Community Foundation and United Way of Larimer County administered $1,272,997 in grants from the COVID-19 Fund with the assistance of the grant selection committee consisting of community volunteers. Funding was provided to local nonprofit organizations that worked with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19. To seed the initiative, United Way of Larimer County contributed $100,000 from the emergency response fund.
Learn more about the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund by watching the video below:
As businesses closed due to COVID-19, more and more Coloradans lost their jobs, causing Larimer County nonprofits to experience an increase in demand for services and resources. To support our partners and community members in need, United Way of Larimer County hosted an ongoing donation collection and distribution site from March - June with support from OtterCares Foundation. Nonprofits were surveyed throughout this period about their greatest donation needs, which included essential resources like non-perishable food, clothing, cleaning supplies, baby products, first aid supplies, and more.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, our local hospitals experienced a drastic decline in blood supply. Blood donation drives are a vital component to successful hospitals. United Way of Larimer County partnered with UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center to host monthly mobile blood drives outside the Community Impact Center. Private, by-appointment only blood donations are scheduled to maintain social distancing requirements.
Donations made during our blood drives stay within the UCHealth system. Over 80% of UCHealth blood products are the direct result of community-hosted blood drives. They support patient needs at Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Greeley Hospital, and Longs Peak Hospital.
INVISIBLE SUPERHERO SOCIAL
presented by Ent Credit Union
During a time of increased social distancing, our community has never been closer.
Thanks to our generous & caring community members and business partners, we raised over $31,000 during our event to support long-term recovery efforts in Larimer County! In sum, including sponsorships, the Invisible Superhero Social raised $87,500 for the Community Emergency & Response Fund.
LIVE WELL LIVE UNITED
In the spring of 2020, fear and isolation began to impact our community as the COVID-19 global health crisis added increased stress and worry. The CDC reports that finding healthy ways to cope with these negative feelings will make you – and our community – stronger.
Making wellness a priority takes practice, so Generation United: Young Leaders Society, a program of United Way, challenged community members to commit to doing an activity every day that promoted self-care during the month of May. Participants committed to a personal fundraising goal and participated on social media using the hashtag #LiveWellLiveUnited for accountability.
supporting the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund
A YEAR OF INNOVATION
Innovation Grants allow United Way to be nimble and responsive to time-sensitive community needs, assist organizations with opportunities to leverage new dollars, and launch new programs.
JULY 2019 - JUNE 2020
INNOVATION GRANT RECIPIENTS
- Sproutin Up, $10,000- landscaping and irrigation for working farm led by low-income high school students learning about agri-business. The image features interns of the Sproutin' Up program.
- Dreamers’ Fund, $17,500 – emergency assistance for immigrant students, including a stipend for outreach and awareness to community groups.
- The Matthews House, $20,000 – funds suppported their TuaPath client success and achievement tracking software.
- Colorado Kids Belong, $19,000 – Foster Family support program to encourage retention and engagement with foster parents.
- Homeward Alliance, $19,000 – lived experience participants learn leadership skills to participate on nonprofit and public sector Boards and Commissions, they are paid a stipend to participate and lend their expertise to policy making.
- EVICS – Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success, $10,000 – for the launch of a home care providers’ cohort and learning group, plus licensure and home upgrades for their new businesses.
- WorkLife Partnership, $20,000 – for their Small Dollar Loan Program – ultra low interest rates and financial management classes for employees needing emergency assistance against their paycheck.
Financial Stability Impact
In Larimer County, the average cost of childcare is $1200 a month and continues to climb. In response to the need for affordable childcare, a group of passionate and caring women came together in 2006 to create an opportunity for the community to help single mothers have access to higher education without being hindered by the cost of quality care for their children.
Today, WomenGive’s dynamic network of more than 500 members use their financial resources to help women in Larimer County achieve economic mobility by awarding childcare scholarships to single mothers working on their educational and career goals.
SINCE THE PROGRAM WAS FOUNDED, OVER 115 WOMEN HAVE GRADUATED AND ACHIEVED FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE.
July 2019 - June 2020
WomenGive Grant Support
COSI is the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative that Project Self Sufficiency (PS-S) has applied for and benefited from for the last few years. PS-S is tasked with raising matching dollars locally and WomenGive has supported the matching funds for the state-level support to PS-S.
CSU Endowment & Women in College Project with Front Range Community College.
This endowed scholarship established in 2019 by WomenGive supports early childhood education majors and contributes to the development our regional early childcare workforce.
WomenGive Emergency Assistance
During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the WomenGive Leadership Committee approved an increase of emergency assistance per semester from $400-800 due to COVID. Many of the challenges for WomenGive Recipients have been sustained, such as cut hours due to their workplace closure and/or not being able to work because of lack of childcare due to school closures.
211 provides unmatched, critical services -- 211 is a vital, multi-lingual service leveraged by thousands of people across Larimer County. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utility payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, childcare and family services.
Larimer County’s 211 is a team of trained experts who help citizens navigate through 575+ local community resources and services listed in our online, 24/7 accessible database. Within the team are dedicated resource specialists, who work to keep organization, program, and service information up-to-date. Our 211 liaison acts as boots on the ground, to help promote this service to the public and connect our 211 navigators and resource specialists with health and human service organizations in our region.
SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize)
United Way of Larimer County partners with FamilyWize to provide access to affordable prescription medications in order to ensure greater health and financial stability to community members.
Financial Stability Grant Funding
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY LEADS LOCAL PHILANTHROPY BY COLLABORATING WITH AREA NONPROFITS TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDS TO INCREASE FINANCIAL STABILITY.
United Way of Larimer County's Community Impact Committee awarded funding to nonprofits who partner and work together collaboratively towards a common goal in an area of need. We call those partnerships of 10-15 nonprofits, "workgroups."
For financial stability, we collaborated with a workgroup focused on supporting essential needs and to help working families thrive. The representatives within the workgroup determined how to distribute the grant funding to participating nonprofits, empowering agencies to respond to changing trends and growing needs within the community throughout the year. This workgroup also managed and distributed rent assistance.
From July 2019 - June 2020, the following nonprofit agencies received funding to support essential needs and to help working families thrive by providing pathways to economic stability:
- Murphy Center
- Community Kitchen
- Crossroads Safehouse
- Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Catholic Charities
- Alternatives to Violence
- Family Housing Network
- Neighbor to Neighbor
- Homeward Alliance
- Make Change NoCo
- One Community One Family
- Project Self-Sufficiency
- Larimer County Economic & Workforce Development
- CSU CARE Program
- House of Neighborly Services
THE NEED FOR CHILDCARE
In Larimer County, many families cannot find adequate childcare - there are simply not enough licensed facilities to meet our growing populations' demand. To address the need, United Way of Larimer County partnered with Brinkman, the City of Fort Collins, and Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center to create 100 more affordable childcare slots in FY'18-19. Teaching Tree expanded in place and doubled their childcare slots, while United Way of Larimer County relocated to 525 W. Oak Street, also known as The Community Impact Center, a Meaningful Place by Brinkman.
Watch the video below to learn more about the power of collaboration throughout the first year at The Community Impact Center:
United Way's relocation announcement from 2019:
Read more about the case for childcare in Larimer County that initiated this move:
Youth & Education Impact
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY BELIEVES INVESTING IN YOUTH IS NOT ONLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO, BUT IT IS ALSO THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE A STRONG ECONOMY AND COMMUNITY.
Our programs and partnerships in this area focus on kindergarten readiness, reading at grade level by the end of third grade, and high school completion.
BE READY LARIMER COUNTY
Be Ready is a county-wide collaboration of nearly a dozen organizations who work with parents to create children ready to succeed in Kindergarten. The Be Ready collaborative includes The Matthews House, Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, Poudre River Public Library, Poudre School District Early Childhood, and United Way of Larimer County.
Research demonstrates that 90% of brain development occurs by age five and parents are the most significant factor in determining a young child’s development and learning. United Way is actively involved with the Be Ready initiative, funding Be Ready family navigators, assisting with Be Ready marketing, and soliciting funds to produce an annual Kindergarten Guide and Be Ready resource fairs in Estes Park, Loveland and Fort Collins.
Each year, the Be Ready collaborative hosts three fairs across Larimer County: Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. However, due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Loveland Be Ready Fair, which took place on March 7, 2020, resulted in a drastic decline* in attendance. Additionally, the Estes Park Be Ready Fair, scheduled for April 4, 2020, did not take place.
July 2019 - June 2020
In lieu of the traditional in-person fair for the Estes Park community, our team at EVICS distributed 85 Be Ready Backpacks filled with school supplies, Be Ready packets, information from the local schools on Kindergarten Roundup, and educational materials such as ABC animal cards, early reader books, and coloring booklets. Backpacks were distributed at pre-schools and other childcare facilities. As the pandemic continued, Be Ready provided support to families by supplying 50 art kits, educational and reading materials, books, and 25 summer seed planting kits.
DURING THE FISCAL YEAR 2019-20, THE BE READY WEBSITE WAS TRANSLATED TO SPANISH FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR THE LARIMER COUNTY SPANISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY.
COLORADO READING CORPS
Colorado Reading Corps is a nationally replicated model that utilizes AmeriCorps Members, trained in early intervention literacy strategies, to provide one-on-one tutoring to kindergarten through third-grade students who are not reading at grade level.
Children learn how to read during their first few years of school. During their fourth grade year, they start reading to learn. If students aren’t reading at grade level by then, it is very difficult to catch up.
United Way of Larimer County launched Colorado Reading Corps in Thompson School District in August 2014 and expanded to Estes Park the next year. We continue to provide over $100,000 in funding to this program annually because research shows that reading at grade level by the end of third grade is a strong indicator of high school graduation and future success.
Starting in March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused unexpected school closures and shifts to distance learning, significantly disrupting Reading Corps implementation. As a result, outputs and outcomes from the 2019-2020 school year are not comparable to prior program years.
Youth & Education Grant Funding
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY LEADS LOCAL PHILANTHROPY BY COLLABORATING WITH AREA NONPROFITS TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDS AROUND YOUTH AND EDUCATION.
United Way of Larimer County's Community Impact Committee awards funding to nonprofits who partner and work together collaboratively towards a common goal in an area of need. We call those partnerships of 10-15 nonprofits, "workgroups."
For youth and education, we have a workgroup focused on early childhood education and a workgroup focused on successful completion of high school. The representatives within each workgroup determine how to distribute the grant funding to participating nonprofits, empowering agencies to respond to changing trends and growing needs within the community every year.
The following nonprofit agencies received funding to support quality childcare and education, and mentoring and academic support for high school students:
- Children’s Speech and Reading Center
- CSU Early Childcare Center
- Estes Park Library
- Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Services
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Project Self-Sufficiency
- Respite Care
- Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center
- The Family Center/La Familia
- First Steps Child Education Center
- Thompson Valley Preschool
- CSU Campus Connections
- Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County
- Partners Mentoring Youth
- Poudre School District
- The Center for Family Outreach
- The Estes Park Learning Place
- Turning Point
- The Matthews House
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY BELIEVES STRONG COMMUNITIES ARE CHARACTERIZED BY A HIGH LEVEL OF CIVIC PARTICIPATION. OUR PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS FOCUS ON INCREASING VOLUNTEERISM, COLLABORATION ACROSS SECTORS, CREATING A PIPELINE OF CIVIC LEADERS AND BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITY.
The Community Impact Center
The Community Impact Center offers low-cost space to nonprofit agencies & small businesses while supporting initiatives to develop shared services, increase efficiency and reduce duplication in the nonprofit community. The end result is a collaboration focused on connecting community partners to lead positive change.
Today, The Community Impact Center is home to United Way of Larimer County, as well as three nonprofit agencies, three small businesses (that offer complementary services to nonprofits), and more. On average, renting office space at the Community Impact Center is 50% less than current market rate in the area.
The Community Impact Center, a Meaningful Place by Brinkman, is a place for local nonprofits to Connect, Collaborate and Change. The building represents a partnership between mission-driven real estate developer, Brinkman, and philanthropic leader, United Way of Larimer County. Located at 525 West Oak Street in Fort Collins, the center is owned by Brinkman and is home to United Way and other nonprofit tenants.
HOW DID YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
JULY 2019 - JUNE 2020
VOLUNTEERS THROUGH UNITED WAY SUPPORTED 82 NONPROFITS IN LARIMER COUNTY.
According to Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together the charitable community to advance the common good, the value of volunteer time for the state of Colorado is $27.20 per hour.
Annually, United Way of Larimer County hosts Make A Difference Day in October, Family Volunteer Day in November, and National Volunteer Month in April. We collaborate with nonprofit agencies to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities to individuals and businesses across the county.
NoCoVolunteers.org launched in April 2020 as a way to recruit and engage more volunteers across the county as the coronavirus pandemic began to impact our community.
The need for volunteers is paramount to our community's recovery and NoCoVolunteers.org provided a centralized portal for volunteer opportunities.
United Way of Larimer County partners with over 100 local businesses to give back to Larimer County through monetary donations and volunteering. Workplace Campaigns strengthen connections between employees and their community, helping build community inside a company and out.
United Way staff members partner with companies to develop customized campaign efforts that align with corporate values and the particular interests of employees. If you are interested in learning more about workplace campaigns, click here.
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY BELIEVES NONPROFITS PROVIDE VITAL SERVICES THAT STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY. THROUGH UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY, OUR LOCAL NONPROFIT COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SHARED SERVICES, OUTCOME EVALUATION, AND MORE.
Nonprofit Excellence Series
We support nonprofits’ efforts to increase efficiencies and effectiveness, through capacity-building grants, as well as offer free trainings through generous corporate support from Comcast.
To see more detail per training opportunity and other past nonprofit excellence series events, click here.
Survey results show:
»100% of attendees believed the information in the training would be useful for their work in the nonprofit community
» 93% indicated they knew more about the subject matter than they did before
» 99% said they were likely to participate in future Nonprofit Excellence events
TESTIMONIAL FROM AN ATTENDEE: “I AM SO GRATEFUL TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND THESE PROGRAMS. I ALWAYS LEAVE WITH IDEAS I CAN IMPLEMENT RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU.”
NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE GRANTS
Grants support technical assistance and capacity building for individual nonprofits, including advanced staff training, technology upgrades, and strategic planning consultation. Grant awards range from $500 - $2,500.
July 2019 - June 2020
GRANTS IN DETAIL:
- Crossroads Ministries of Estes Park, $1,500 consulting for their annual strategic planning session with their Board of Directors.
- Colorado Youth for Change, $2,500 for program evaluation consultation.
- Loveland Habitat for Humanity, $2,500 consultation on ReStore customer service training and improvements to window displays for increased sales.
- Neighbor to Neighbor, two grants, $5,000 for technology/SalesForce upgrades.
During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, we piloted a Human Resources Shared Service. This initial program delivered high-quality, professional back-office services to 7 local agenciest at below-market rates. Rather than each agency recruiting and hiring individual HR consultants, this one resource was shared by several organizations – proving that efficiencies could be achieved and agencies could focus on their missions and direct service.
Typically, HR functions are given secondary priority due to time and budget constraints, but after 6months, our pilot participants saw:
PILOT PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED:
- Respite Care, Inc.
- Thompson Valley Preschool
- Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center
- Meals on Wheels Loveland and Berthoud
- Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County
- United Way of Larimer County
- Family Housing Network
“The program saved time and money, but more importantly, it gave me peace of mind because I know we’re getting the right answers”