The North Penn United Way is independently governed by a local volunteer board, in order to best meet our local needs and opportunities. We must, however, adhere to a stringent set of United Way Worldwide membership standards that focus on governance, ethics, financial management, and general operations.
During our 2007 Community Summit, the North Penn United Way convened citizens, community leaders, business leaders, the faith community leaders, government officials, non-profit organizations and other institutions to determine the most critical human issues that require collective, not just individual, action. These issues range from basic human needs - like food, shelter and emergency assistance - to emerging and growing issues like the need for affordable housing, services and support for seniors, and positive youth development. Each year we raise money through our campaign, other revenue outside of the campaign, and non-cash in-kind resources. We advocate for sound public policy, along with employing other relevant strategies, in order to produce concrete results.
A team of North Penn United Way volunteers review each Partner Agency’s application for funding, investing resources in non-profit Health and Human Services Partner Agencies and specific programs related to Education, Financial Stability and Health.
United Way is one of the few remaining not-for-profit vehicles to pool investments in order to create a greater return on the individual investment. The good news is that many of our investors’ favorite agencies are supported since United Ways do not directly provide human services. Instead, we help to create focus on specific community agendas, and invest in strategies and agencies that show results, and provide investment options in a community pool, an issue-oriented product investment (e.g. fostering independence), and opportunity to invest in individual agencies.
As an investor, you should view the North Penn United Way as a key strategic partner in achieving your philanthropic aspirations. We strive to connect your aspirations to need and opportunity in our communities. Whether your interest is early childhood development, services that assist seniors or people with physical disabilities, or the work of a single non-profit organization, United Way has the capacity and breadth to make your investment more powerful.
Through United Way, you get the scale and capacity of a $5 billion global enterprise – recognized by 98% of all Americans – but organized and operated at a community level, making it accessible to you. We’re big and we’re small at the same time. United Way is the largest private-sector investor in human need and development.
The measure of a community is how well it treats those with the least. The health and prosperity of a community begins with how it develops its human capital. Economic success over the long haul is not possible or sustainable without human success. There is no organization more focused or successful as it relates to human success at a community level than United Way.
Our promise to you is that we will invest in the efforts that get the greatest results. We will evaluate and reward results, not just effort. We will govern ourselves at the highest degree of accountability and transparency. And, finally, we pledge to remain one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the world, working to put the maximum amount of resources into the work that changes peoples’ lives and communities.
There are great non-profit organizations in which to invest. Your investment in the North Penn United Way is unique because of our ability to mobilize resources, individuals, and institutions in a combined effort. Leveraging our relationships with such a diverse group of players produces greater results for you. When you combine your resources and effort with others you can change entire communities, which in turn produce results for you individually.