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2011 - 12: The Year of Innovation United Way Annual Report

2012: The Year of Innovation This has been a Year of Innovation at United Way of East Central Iowa. As we look forward to our centennial year in 2014, we also reflect on a long legacy of commitment to the community and those most in need. United Way has been successful the last 98 years thanks to you. This past year we have implemented new programs, accessed new funding sources and continued progress to build a 21st century communications strategy. We know these changes are necessary as we address issues today and in the future. Our neighbors need our help more than ever before. Thirty-one percent of residents in our six-county area, which consists of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, Linn and Washington counties, received services through United Way partners last year. United Way continues to invest in projects that are impactful. We collaborate, innovate and connect people to create community change. In fiscal year 2012, a total of $11.5 million was raised through donations, grants and special gifts. In addition, we coordinated 80,669 hours of volunteer services, valued at $1,757,778. These efforts helped more than 100,000 people. We have appreciated your contributions during this marvelous and exciting journey and look forward to working with you in the future. Warmest regards, Lois Buntz United Way CEO and President

Kevin Knutson 2012 Board of Directors Chair

Look for this symbol throughout this annual report for some of our innovative projects.

Thank you for supporting United Way. Tim Kintner

Bankers Trust President / CEO 2011 Campaign Chair

22,000 People and 500 Companies Work Together

Investments in 2012

More than 22,000 of your neighbors and friends – as well as 500 companies – contributed to the 2011 United Way campaign. “United Way raised $10,581,690 and set a new record,” said Tim Kintner, 2011 Campaign Chair. “Plus, almost another million was raised outside the traditional campaign.” A total of 5,876 individuals or couples participated as leadership givers. These leadership investments are vital to the work of United Way and our community partners. It’s only with your help that United Way and our community partners are able to bring solutions, goals and resources together to improve our community. Your support truly is changing the condition of the community we call home.

Your Investments in the Community

money Health $2,506,850 (22%)

More than $10.1 million is used to fund agencies and services in our three impact areas — education, financial stability and health. Gaps in services are addressed through initiative funding, community leadership and research. The remainder is used for fundraising and other administrative costs. Eightyeight cents of each dollar directly benefit our mission.

Education $2,354,452 (20%)

The chart to the right shows how we invest your dollars into our community.

Initiative Funding $1,280,738 (11%)

Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we have been able to help thousands of people.

Community Leadership/Research $826,635 (7%)

Financial Stability $1,822,250 (16%) Donor Designation $1,370,165 (12%) Administration $1,338,910 (12%)

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Your Investment in Education CHILDREN NEED OUR








1,959 parents received parent education and skill development classes.

Our goals by 2016:

47 percent of lowincome Cedar Rapids school district fourth graders are not reading proficient.1

Increase the number of low-income children ready for school by 50 percent. Increase the number of low-income youth with 21st Century skills by 25 percent.

302 home providers, classrooms and teachers participated in education, training and assessments to improve the quality of their work. 1,438 youth participated in quality out-of-school time programming. 507 youth participated in academic assistance programs to raise their grades. 992 youth were paired with a caring mentor to provide stability and academic support.

Above based on fiscal year 2012 reports. Clients may have used multiple services and may be counted more than once. 1 Iowa Department of Education APR State Student Achievement Data, 2012

The Year’s Highlights in Education RED Ahead Enrolled 600 Clients

Youth Achievement Corps Received Grant

RED (Read Every Day) Ahead began in September 2011 and is enrolling Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clients who have a child under age 1 and clients who are in their third trimester of pregnancy. RED Ahead is a program for parents to help their children develop the language skills they need to be ready for kindergarten.

United Way was awarded a threeyear federal grant to begin the Youth Achievement Corps project in September 2011. This program is providing quality in-and out-of-school time education and social support programs for low-income families to help improve academic achievement.

Play & Learn Grew In 2010, United Way launched Play & Learn, a new program for economicallydisadvantaged families to help their young children learn the skills necessary for kindergarten. The program is sponsored in part by the Young Leaders Society. The program has grown from serving 120 people to 800.

Your Investment in Financial Stability FAMILIES IN OUR AREA





More than 14,100 families (24 percent) in our area need access to support services to cover the gap between their income and their cost of basic expenses.1 By the end of 2014, nearly 12,000 new and replacement jobs need to be filled. Sixty-six percent of these jobs will require education beyond a high school diploma.2



9,425 PEOPLE

USE FINANCIAL STABILITY SERVICES 34,787 rides were provided to individuals to access education, employment or community services.

Our goal by 2016: Increase the number of financially stable households by 15%.

4,077 free tax returns were filed, returning $6,898,191 to low-income households in our community. 3,269 individuals (1,209 households) accessed homeless prevention services, and 1,311 individuals (834 households) were sheltered. 2,296,254 pounds of food were distributed to 102 partners.

Above based on fiscal year 2012 reports. Clients may have used multiple services and may be counted more than once. 1 US Census Data 2 Corridor Alliance and Kirkwood Community College Skills 2014 Report

The Year’s Highlight in Financial Stability Helping Families Earn a Liveable Wage with KPACE In partnership with Kirkwood Community College, we helped launch the Kirkwood Pathways for Academic Career Education and Employment program (KPACE) in fall 2011. KPACE is a career pathway program that provides low-income individuals access to training in industries that are in demand of skilled workers and offer wages that can assist families in becoming self-sufficient.

KPACE student trains to be a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Sixty-seven total students have been enrolled in the program. Seventy-six percent of students earned a credential.3 3

KPACE FY2012 End of Year Report. Percentage is based on forty-six students.

Your Investment in Health THE NEED FOR HELP




IS GROWING 3,072 children and 5,950 low-income women are uninsured in United Way of East Central Iowa’s area.1 Older adults are projected to account for 22.4 percent of the population in 2030, an increase over the 14.9 percent from 2010.2




24,850 substance abuse prevention activities were provided to youth, teachers and parents.

Our goals by 2016: Increase healthy choices by 10 percent. Increase the number of older adults who are able to meet their daily living needs by 25 percent. Above based on fiscal year 2012 reports. Clients may have used multiple services and may be counted more than once. 1 US Census Data 2 Older Iowans: 2012. Iowa Department on Aging. Retrieved from: http://

The Year’s Highlight in Health

12,216 youth received oral health screenings and were connected with a dental home. 1,055 persons completed substance abuse treatment with their goals met. 2,950 older adults were provided with a nutritious meal. 2,786 received case management services allowing them to remain in their homes longer.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) We are committed to learning more about the root cause of health issues. The United Way Volunteer Health Solutions Team identified ACEs as a “breakthrough area” that influences education, financial stability and health. It is considered a root cause for many health and social conditions that United Way is trying to impact with its community investments. United Way has researched best-practice models to address ACEs and has helped educate service providers about ACEs and their long-term effects. Knowing about ACEs, for example, changes service provider language from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Our Investment in 2-1-1




Most Requested Services



These services accounted for 82 percent of calls.

calls were placed in the service area.

Health Care

Housing/Shelter Individualcalls / Family Support 12,979 Income Support/Assistance Food and Meals 7,265 calls Income Food andSupport Meals 2,769 calls Housing/Shelter


searches placed on our website

Individual/Family Support 2,038 calls Health Care 1,854 calls Information Services 1,673 calls


TAX ASSISTANCE HELPS PEOPLE United Way 2-1-1 contributes more than 270 hours of scheduling services for free taxpreparation sites.

Information reflects data from July 2011 - June 2012 in Cedar, Benton, Iowa, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.

The Year’s Highlight in 2-1-1

4,180 tax returns completed. 32 percent of clients were eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). $7,012,447 in federal refunds were received by clients.

New Website We launched a new website for 2-1-1 at in January 2012. The site features an easy keyword search and the ability to refine a search by ZIP code and distance. Users can also save their searches and send the search information to a printer or email. The site is constantly updated with the most current information.

The Gazette Company employees volunteer on Day of Caring and paint at Four Oaks.

Making a Difference with Volunteering We partner with over 100 non-profits, have referred 2,800 people to volunteer opportunities and coordinated 80,669 hours of service, valued at more than $1.7 million.

More than 1,400 volunteers participated in Day of Caring 2012 “We encouraged our team to spend the day cleaning city trails or work on other non-profit projects,” said Marc Gullickson, President of Ryan Companies, Midwest Region. “It’s the perfect mix of public companies working through United Way projects to help the non-profit community.” We also work with businesses on corporate service projects and align projects with our impact areas.

Volunteer App We were the first United Way to launch a volunteer app for iPhone and iPads. It’s now easy for people interested in volunteering to access the app and map volunteer opportunities around them. Download the app at

Please join me in supporting United Way for the next 100 years.

Greg Neumeyer

BankIowa Market President Planned Giving Committee Chair

Endowing the Second Century Touch Tomorrow Society Fifty-five couples or individuals have made a planned gift to United Way. They are members of the Touch Tomorrow Society. Currently, United Way has $3.3 million in an endowment fund. The goal for United Way’s centennial year - 2014 - is to raise the Endowment Fund to $5 million.

William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Legacy Circle William Whipple and his wife, Gayle, were the first Eastern Iowans to endow an annual campaign gift to United Way. In recognition of their stunning generosity, United Way established the William P. and Gayle S. Whipple Legacy Circle. William once said, “The more I am able to give, the more that is given to me. For me, giving is almost a religious experience. I get a feeling of happiness that I have not gotten any other way.”

Volunteer Leadership Thank you to our 2012 Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.

2011-2012 Board of Directors Joan Aune, Transamerica Jon Bancks, Morgan Stanley Dave Benson, Cedar Rapids Community Schools John Bickel, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC

2011-2012 Board of Trustees Dick Lorenz, Ansira Marketing Services Beth Malicki, KCRG-TV9

Terri Christoffersen, Community Volunteer

Katie Mulholland, Linn-Mar Community School District

Lee Clancey, Community Volunteer

Greg Neumeyer, BankIowa

Loren Coppock, TrueNorth Companies

Greg Brecht, Cargill

Ron Olson, Paulson Electric

Karl Cassell, Civil Rights Commission

Matt O’Rourke, Transamerica

Gary Chadick, Rockwell Collins

Mary Ann Osborn, St. Luke’s Hospital

Kyle Decker, Bergan Paulsen Cindy Dietz, Rockwell Collins Barbara Gay, Foundation 2

Maureen Osako, Informatics

Steve Ovel, Kirkwood Community College

Cathy Gullickson, Community Volunteer

Rue Patel, General Mills

Marc Gullickson, Ryan Companies

David Pohlman, GreatAmerica Leasing

Jim Haddad, Community Volunteer

Dick Pilcher, U.S. Bank

Terry Roemig, The Kitchen Sink

Stuart Haker, TrueNorth Companies

Cathy Terukina, The Gazette Company

Brad Hart, Bradley & Riley

Mike Wilkins, United Fire Group

Larry Helling, Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Tim Kintner, Bankers Trust Kevin Knutson, Holmes Murphy & Associates Doug Kopp, Alliant Energy

Tom Aller, Alliant Energy

Jack Cosgrove, Community Volunteer Steve Dummermuth, IGD Industries Inc. Kathy Eno, Community Volunteer Rex Eno, Community Volunteer Jack Evans, The Hall-Perrine Foundation Marc Gullickson, Ryan Companies Tom Hayden, Shive-Hattery, Inc. Jared Hills, Divine Engineering Joe Hladky, The Gazette Company Jim Hoffman, 2001 Development Corporation Dick Johnson, Community Volunteer Clay Jones, Rockwell Collins Frank Kintzle, Principal Financial Barbara Knapp, Community Volunteer

Kevin Knutson, Holmes Murphy & Associates Robert Kucharski, Community Volunteer Susan McDermott, Community Volunteer David Miller, Community Volunteer Cheryle Mitvalsky, Community Volunteer Iris Muchmore, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC Chuck Peters, The Gazette Company Mary Quass, NRG Media LLC John Rife, McIntyre Foundation Joe Schimberg, Schimberg Company John Smith, CRST International Gary Streit, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Dan Thies, OPN Architects, Inc. Ted Townsend, St. Luke’s Hospital John Wasta, Tallgrass Business Resources

United Way Staff, 2011-2012 Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and community advocates from the staff of United Way of East Central Iowa. Administration

Donor Relations

Lois Buntz, President / CEO

Hilery Livengood, Vice President of Donor Relations

Sue Mueller, Executive Assistant

Jennifer Schulte, Donor Relations Manager

Jackie King, Administrative Assistant

Aileen Simmons, Senior Campaign Coordinator


Jay Larson, AFL / CIO Labor Liaison Coordinator

Christoph Trappe, Vice President of Communications and Innovation

Tiffanee Beardsley, Annual Campaign Coordinator

Erica Bergfeld, Event Planner


Cindy Motsinger, Designer

Kris Riley, Chief Financial Officer

Caitlin Wiedenheft, Video Editor

Liya Fitzpatrick, Controller

Community Building

Amy Kelly, Senior Coordinator - Pledge Services

Leslie Wright, Vice President of Community Building

Abbie Covenah, Information Systems Manager

Douglas Griesenauer, Manager, Education

Sarah Kerr, Data Integrity and Analysis Coordinator

Judy Stoffel, Manager, Financial Stability Eugenia Vavra, Manager, Health Chris Juett, Manager, 2-1-1 Program Sue Driscoll, Manager, Volunteer Engagement Caitlin Flaherty, Youth Achievement Corps / AmeriCorps Coordinator Jessica Link, RSVP Coordinator

View the 2011 Leadership Directory online at:

United Way of East Central Iowa 317 7th Avenue SE, Suite 401, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 319-398-5372 • 800-332-8182

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