Everything you always wanted to know about United Way of New York State

Q.   How long has UWNYS been operating?
A.   UWNYS was begun in 1975 to give United Ways a voice in state government. This occurred during the first big shift of federal responsibilities to the states.

Q.   Who decides what services are provided?
A.   Our organization's most valuable customers - local United Ways. The state Board of Directors is responsible for approving annual service plans and the budgets to support those activities, in consultation with local United Ways.

Q.   How are service priorities decided?
A.   Local United Ways tell the state Board what's important through our strategic plan, training evaluations, feedback from local volunteers on the state Board, and the Membership Advisory Committee (local United Way executives). Then the Board decides annually on a service plan and budget that reflects those goals.

Q.   How is UWNYS governed?
A.   By the statewide Board of Directors including local United Way volunteers, up to ten local UW executives, and several statewide volunteers from key constituencies such as labor, business and education.  Our chair is Sheila Appel, 

Q.  How often does the Board meet?
A.  The full Board meets four times a year.  Meetings are open to any local United Way leadership who would like to attend.

Q.   What does the Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) do?
A.   UWNYS' by-laws establish MAC as an advisory committee to the Board consisting of all local United Way executives. They meet several times a year to develop consensus around important issues.  In 2015 the MAC chair is Brian Hassett, CEO of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

Q.   How is UWNYS financed?
A.   76% percent of our revenues come through membership support from local United Ways. Other sources include grants and training registration fees. 

Q.   How do UWNYS services differ from United Way of Worldwide's?
A.   UWNYS provides services unique to NYS such as state-level public policy, shared grant initiatives like 2-1-1 and EITC, and support on other shared projects with local United Way members.

Q.   How much money is raised by United Ways in New York State?
A.   In 2013, our 38 members reported raising a total of about $125 million.

Q.   How many staff work at UWNYS?
A.   Two full time staff and two part time contractors.