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2014 annual report

for everything you do

THANK YOU United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Chairman’s letter

Our Mission To Unite People and Resources in Building a Stronger and Healthier Community

Our VISION United Way of Greater Chattanooga mobilizes people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources essential to create measurable social improvement in our communities.

Areas Served We proudly serve the communities of 16 counties throughout Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.



It’s no secret... Chattanooga and our region are enjoying tremendous momentum! It’s the result of vision, focus, and hard work over many years. Fortunately that momentum extends to the generosity of our communities and their support for our United Way. With more than 22,000 donors, more than 400 corporate and organizational supporters, hundreds of volunteers, and 97 funded programs and initiatives, our United Way is raising more funds than ever and is uniquely equipped to mobilize our region to address some of our most pressing needs. Over the next decade and beyond, the Chattanooga region will depend upon us to help lead the way in building stronger communities that support its growth — communities in which everyone participates. Our work and investments will continue to focus in these areas: • Education: helping children enter school ready to learn; • Education: providing youth the out-of-school-time support they need to succeed in school; • Stability: helping families through tough times caused by unemployment, homelessness, etc.; and • Support: helping the most vulnerable in our communities who need long-term support. We will remain steadfast to our commitment to collaborate with a broad base of partners, to diligently measure our results, and to hold ourselves accountable for finding real solutions to tough challenges. On behalf of our Board of Directors and the thousands who partner with us, thank you for supporting our work. — Tom Glenn 3

Stay The Path United Way exists for the community and is supported by the community. With more than 22,000 donors giving each year and hundreds of volunteers helping with the work, the support of United Way’s goals in education, family stability and caring for the most vulnerable continues to grow. The incredible success in the 2014 campaign is an indication of that growing support. In turn, United Way is committed to continue providing positive results.



United Way owes each of its donors, and you, accountability, integrity and continued demonstration of its value to our communities. United Way reports its measured results annually. You will find summaries of the 2014 data in this Annual Report. We are a blessed community. While the funds raised each year are given to the programs that demonstrate positive change, the work now includes partnerships with non-funded organizations across our service area. The number of organizations and volunteers that are engaging in the work with United Way indicate a very bright future. Thank you for your many years of support and commitment to creating a better community for all. I ask that you please do not take this work lightly. Stay the path, and build on the success you have achieved by your engagement and your support! — Eva Dillard


Blue Pages

Throughout this Report you’ll find several stories representing the impact your time and money are making in our community. The stories are easy to find — just look for the blue pages to learn about real people, right here in our region, whose lives have been impacted for the better... Thanks to You!

Fast Facts Each story is supported by a fast facts call-out section to help you see the full impact of your time and money. Without you, none of this would be possible. We can’t say thank you enough, but that doesn’t mean we won’t stop trying — Thank You!


Thank you to our 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tom Glenn – Chair Charlie Arant Sandra Brewer Robert Brooks Dr. Richard Brown Larry Buie Hardwick Caldwell, Jr. Harvey Cameron Mary Carpenter Dr. Jim Catanzaro Mike Costa Ryan Crimmins Jeff Cornan Stefanie Crowe Ward Davenport Joe Decosimo Nick Decosimo Tom Decosimo Harold DePriest Chad Dirkse Scott Fosse Dorothy Grisham John Guerry Zan Guerry Kyle Hauth Jim Hill Jim Hobson Bobbi Hubbard Frank Hughes Mai Bell Hurley Don Jackson Jim Kennedy, Jr. Mary Kilbride Mike Kramer Alison Lebovitz John McCormick, Jr. Betsy McCright Ladell McCullough Warren McEwen Debbie McKee-Fowler Rick McKenney Darrell Moore Paul Neely Jeff Olingy John Phillips


Helen Pregulman Scott Probasco Rev. Thomas Quisenberry Ryan Rose Keith Sanford Michael Sarvis Virginia Anne Sharber Rick Smith Roger Smith Jim Srite Mike St. Charles Dr. Bill Stacy Blake Strickland Jason Taylor Jim Vaughn Grady Williams Tom Edd Wilson executive Committee Tom Glenn – Chair Richard Beeland Bob Bosworth Larry Buie Nick Decosimo Scott Fosse John Guerry Zan Guerry Mai Bell Hurley Don Jackson Tom McCallie, III Betsy McCright Archie Meyers John Phillips Helen Pregulman Cam Scearce Mike St. Charles Dr. Bill Stacy Jason Taylor Edna Varner Miller Welborn Tom White Grady Williams Allocations OversigHt Committee Mike St. Charles – Chair Kim Coffey

Tom Greenholtz Walter Leinberger Bob Naughton Judy Powell Ed Ryan Ross Schram Susan Stilz Janet Suber Betty Whaley U.K. Whaley AllocationS committee Brandon Abney Tim Benson John Boyer Courtney Brock Rich Burkemper Martha Butterfield Heidi Chinery Nancy Collum Guy Crosson Emily Dell Patti Dungan Mary Edwards Carol Green Kathy Greenholtz Tom Greenholtz Dale Grisso Doug Griswold Bill Hannah Kendra Harris Melanie Henderson John Jackson John Lawrence Rob Lonic Bea Rutledge Lyons Tom Moseley Shelby Payne Judy Powell Laura Reid Paul Richard Edward Ryan Clare Sawyer Melissa Sculley Catherine Stoddard Dr. John Trussel Jason Vance

Kevin Verro Chris Womack Building Stable Lives Committee Richard Beeland – Chair John Bridger, Jr. Dr. Phyllis Casavant Carol Johnson Marianne Justin Betsy McCright Helen Pinkerton Rev. Dr. Rosario Slack Donna Williams Campaign Cabinet Jason Taylor – Chair Angela Ballard Gary Behler Russ Blakely Dale Bolton Stefanie Crowe Pat Driver Judy Graham Kyle Hauth Mark Hite Lynda Hood Frank Hughes Mai Bell Hurley Mike Jenkins Dr. Todd Levine Dr. DeWayne McCamish Damon Raines Matt Richman John Rutter Roger Smith Toby Smith Mike St. Charles Dan Traynor Mical Traynor Jim Vaughn Tyler Yount Capital Campaign Committee Archie Meyers – Chair Charlie Arant Joe Decosimo

John Guerry Mai Bell Hurley Rev. Thomas Quisenberry Tom White Grady Williams CNP Advisory Committee Don Jackson – Chair Julie Baumgardner Sandra Brewer Traci Day David Eason Dionne Jennings Suzanne Payne Henry Schulson Robert Sharpe EMERGING LEADERS Committee Jon Paul Davis – Chair Brandon Abney Katy Abraham Crystal Boehm Ramsey Brock Will Clegg Stefanie Crowe Carter Hansard Peterson Hostetler Heather Jones Kelly Marlow Jennifer Post Jennifer Ramsey Matt Richman Michael Richman Bridget Varley Caroline Walker Kathryn Whittle Kirby Yost Tyler Yount Endowment Committee Bob Bosworth – Chair Charlie Arant Fred Decosimo Nick Decosimo Tom Glenn Mai Bell Hurley

UNITED WAY Volunteers Grant Law Rick McKenney FINANCE COMMITTEE Cam Scearce – Chair Nick Decosimo Alnoor Dhanani Tom Glenn Mai Bell Hurley Ladell McCullough Frank Schriner Dr. Bill Stacy Grady Williams Invest in Children and Youth advisory committee Tom White – Chair Cathy Barrett Rob Bradham Tracey Carisch Stefanie Crowe Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee Christa Payne Rev. Jeff Wilson

IT/TECHNOLOGY Committee Dan Traynor – Chair Sydney Crisp David Johnson Brian Joyce Michael Lawley Micha Young Marion County Allocations committee Bobbi Hubbard – Chair Harvey Cameron Judy Graham Sheila Grider Dr. Kaz Hasnani James Troyer MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE John Phillips – Chair Barry Asmann Kim Cooley Mike Costa

Phil Cox Paul Grove Chelsea Johnson Alison Lebovitz Debbie Mann Tracye McCarthey Tom Monroe Greg Pearson Joan Rose Dr. Greg Rumsey John Rutter John Shadden Holly Sisson Bill Stiles Leigh Todd Tom Tolar Catharine Wells Nominating Committee Nick Decosimo – Chair

Ward Davenport Tom Glenn Virginia Ann Sharber Mike St. Charles Tom Edd Wilson North Georgia allocations Rich Burkemper Ed Carpenter Jamie Connors Tom Moseley Paul Richard North Georgia Allocations committee Bob Naughton – Chair Ed Carpenter Jamie Connors Rebecca Page

NORTH GEORGIA CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE Damon Raines – Chair Rhonda Beasley Mary Carpenter Jane Everett Leonard Fant Suzan Gibson Melissa Hannah Mark Hartline Robert Hitchcox Heather Holloway Robin Samples Eddie Upshaw Paula Vaughn Doris White Personnel Committee Dr. Bill Stacy – Chair Nick Decosimo Tom Glenn Tom Edd Wilson


United Way Staff Administration President & CEO Eva Dillard, Laura Snow, Susan Whitman Community Impact VP Jamie Bergmann, Todd Bragg, Jan Brooks, Judy Hoppe, Natalie Kulisek, Eileen Robertson-Rehberg, Pat Strange, Elizabeth Tallman, Julie Thomsen, Cara Woodall Finance VP Gary Bowman, Latrice Edwards, Mona Geer, Brenda Hammonds Information Technology Nathan Chubbuck, Doug Eckert, Doug Morgan Marketing & Communications VP Wayne Collins, Kelley Nave, Alex Skae Resource Development VP Mike Slocumb, Alesha Casey, Meredith Clark, Bill Fuller, Martin Hussey, Jenny Johnston, Delores Lewis, Carol Masters, Justin Whitaker, Elizabeth Williams United Way’s 2-1-1 Tim Chavis, Diane Collins, Renee Eldridge, Beverly Garren CENTER FOR NONPROFITS & THE VOLUNTEER CENTER VP Laura McCann, Anna Baker, Kate Skonberg, Cathy Walker 8

United Way of Greater Chattanooga advances the common good by focusing on the building blocks of a strong community: Education, Stability and Support. We all win when children are successful in school, when families are able to support themselves, and when people get the help they need. By preventing problems and changing social conditions, we create a stronger and healthier community for everyone.

EDUCATION Stability United Way of Greater Chattanooga recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.

We invite you to be part of the change. You can help by giving, advocating and volunteering. Working together, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better life for all.

SUPPORT That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Feeding Children

More than 5,000 public school students in Catoosa County qualify for free and reduced meal programs. So United Way helps fund a program that delivers snack packs to kids at school so they will have food for the weekends.

Fast Facts In addition to Nourishing Children in Catoosa feeding more than 1,500 children each week, preliminary results indicate the program improves health and learning while reducing absenteeism in participating schools.


Literacy for Local Children

Through the Chattanooga Literacy Initiative, United Way and the City of Chattanooga work in high-risk neighborhoods to increase literacy for area children, like Delmar and his siblings. The Internet-based reading program makes it fun for children to improve their reading skills.

Fast Facts More than 6,700 children used the Lexia Internet-based literacy program at 60 locations throughout Hamilton County. At the beginning of the 2013–2014 school year, only 33% of participating students were reading at grade level. By the end of August, the percentage of participating students reading at grade level jumped to 55%. 10

Thanks to you...

More children are on the path to success in school and life. Education is fundamental to a successful life. Starting at birth and going through graduation, United Way of Greater Chattanooga helps children start out right and stay on track for success. Our community is better when children and youth become productive, successful adults. Here’s what we’re doing.

Project Ready for School

Early Childhood Institute Outcomes

A good start at birth is critical to finishing school successfully. The fact is, children who start kindergarten without the critical learning skills needed for success are more likely to have problems finishing school later. United Way helps through Project Ready for School.

• Provided professional development to 114 teachers and directors in 10 early childhood programs.

This unique program provides free books from Imagination Library for children from birth to age 5, because parents reading to children every day is the best way to build vocabulary. United Way also provides Learning Checkups for children, to help assure parents that their child’s skills are developing on track, or point to the need for further evaluation. Project Ready for School Outcomes • 18,435 children from 0–5 received a free book every month. • 5,379 parents are monitoring their child’s developmental skills. • 86.6% of children screened with Learning Checkups were maintaining age-appropriate developmental skills.

Early Childhood Institute Access to quality early education is another critical factor in students’ academic success. United Way’s Early Childhood Institute works with local childcare centers by providing assessment, training and support to teachers and directors to ensure highquality environments, academic curricula and strong teacher-child interactions.

• 94% of programs demonstrated strong or exemplary classroom environments. • 78% of classrooms demonstrated strong or exemplary language and literacy environments. • 81% of children entering Kindergarten had ageappropriate literacy skills.

Graduation Initiative Lexia When children can’t read at grade level, they are at high risk of dropping out of school. This gap becomes critical in third grade. In 2014, United Way, as a partner in the Chattanooga Literacy initiative, helped children close the gap in grade-level reading through Lexia. It is an Internet-based learning program that helps kids effectively improve their reading skills. In fact, it’s been shown that students can advance several reading skill levels in just a few months. Lexia makes learning to read fun. Because it’s Internet based, it’s available to students wherever they are. This is another innovative United Way program that helps students stay on track for success. Lexia Outcomes • More than 6,700 students used the Lexia program at 60 locations in Hamilton County. • 22% increase in students K–5th grade reading at or above grade level after just one month of use.


Youth Quality Program Initiative

Education Early Warning System

Kids don’t spend the whole day in school, so how are they spending time out of school? Is it spent productively? Many youth attend after-school programs. To assure these kids have access to high-quality youth programs that keep them on track for success, United Way partner out-of-schooltime programs use the Youth Quality Program Assessment. The Assessment evaluates the quality of youth experiences, helps programs identify areas to strengthen, and builds staff professional competencies.

Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems help address one of our community’s most pressing challenges: enabling all students to stay on track to graduate from high school, ready for college or job training. In an era of data-driven education reform, early warning systems are at the cutting edge of how schools, students, educators and communities can use data to help children achieve success.

YQPI Outcomes • 13 organizations are enhancing their youth programming based on assessment data.

What kinds of things does Youth Quality Program Assessment measure? • Safe environment • Supportive environment • Interaction • Engagement • Access • Youth-centered policies and practices • High expectations for youth and staff • Availability of caring adults in kids’ lives


The System tracks student behaviors in attendance, behavior and coursework, enabling educators to intervene with those most likely to drop out. Academic Support Results 10,927 children were served. One out of two children in the program attended school at least 95% of the time, demonstrated positive behavior, and improved their grades.

Teaching Teachers

Thanks to United Way’s Early Childhood Institute, free training and support were provided to 114 teachers and directors from 10 child care centers, which impact more than 1,300 children. Now, teachers like Delane can better prepare their students to succeed in school.

Fast Facts In 2014, 81% of kindergarteneligible children who were in a facility with ECI-trained staff had the literacy skills needed to begin school, as measured by the Get Ready to Read assessment.


More People Gaining Independence

United Way’s Building Stable Lives program helps families and individuals, like Teresa, move from crisis to stability, thanks to the support of life coaches and neighborhood-based services, which follow them along their journey.

Fast Facts In 2014, the median income of participants in Building Stable Lives was just $390 a month before entering the program. After completing it, that number climbed to $916.


Thanks to you... More people are on the path to self-sufficiency.

Stability is key to a productive, successful life. Reaching out to families in the neighborhoods where they live, United Way of Greater Chattanooga is breaking down barriers to stability so they can better provide for themselves. Our community is stronger when families are financially stable and not dependent on social services. Here’s what we’re doing.

Building Stable Lives Neighborhood Program

2-1-1 Call Resource Center

United Way partners with neighborhood-based services to help clients overcome their barriers to stability and achieve success. Five neighborhood-based centers in Brainerd, East Chattanooga, East Lake, Alton Park and Highland Park help families through coaching and support. The program’s goals focus on education and employment, housing, physical and mental health, and access to basic needs. Lead agencies for United Way’s Building Stable Lives program are Partnership for Families, Children and Adults and Helen Ross McNabb Center at Fortwood. Other partners include Chattanooga Housing Authority, Erlanger Health Centers, Legal Aid of East Tennessee and Tennessee Career Center.

United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center provides information and referral for basic social services. Trained 2-1-1 staff help clients get to the root cause of their problems so they can be directed to services that can help. Whether a person has a problem making rent, finding quality, affordable childcare, or overcoming a family crisis, 2-1-1 is there to connect people to human services that meet their needs.

BSL Neighborhood Program Outcomes • 1 out of 2 participants in Building Stable Lives Neighborhood programs are gaining independence by finding employment, entering an education program and living in safe, affordable housing. BSL Community Partner Results • 1,279 participants in Building Stable Lives Neighborhood programs found steady employment or entered an education program. • 1 ,197 participants are living in safe, affordable housing. • 8 ,328 individuals accessed support services for mental and physical health. • 1 2,236 individuals received food, transportation and additional emergency support.

2-1-1 Services • The 2-1-1 Call Center responded to 50,248 calls and served 51,863 individuals in 35,355 households. • 2-1-1 partnered with the Chattanooga Times Free Press to expand the impact of the Neediest Cases Fund. Almost 300 clients through 19 agencies in 8 counties were served and linked to additional resources. • 333 callers were prescreened for Building Stable Lives Neighborhood programs. • In 2014, 2-1-1 callers requested services for nearly 55,000 needs, 80% were basic needs (food, utilities, shelter and furniture). • Misuse of emergency assistance has declined by 17% (2011-2014).

Prescription Assistance Medical costs are a major contributor to financial instability. So United Way offers the FamilyWize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards to help all people — especially the uninsured, underinsured and those on fixed incomes — save money on their prescribed medicines. Here in the greater Chattanooga area, families and individuals saved more than $1.3 million in 2014 using FamilyWize cards.


Thanks to you...

people in crisis and those who cannot care for themselves get the help they need. Support for the most vulnerable is a hallmark of a strong community. United Way works to help the most vulnerable — such as senior citizens and people with disabilities — live healthy and productive lives.

United Way served these individuals and families in a number of ways in 2014, such as helping elderly and disabled adults live independently, access transportation services, and access healthcare and nutrition. Additionally, United Way assisted families affected by disasters by moving families toward their “pre-disaster” condition, providing access to emergency services — clothing, food and shelter needs — and access to health and mental health services. Finally, United Way assisted with the care for children with disabilities, which includes access to classrooms designed to serve intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as access comprehensive health services. Supporting the Most Vulnerable • 90% of individuals served were able to live independently in 2014. • 978 individuals were helped after house fires and other disasters in 2014. • 47 children with developmental disabilities were served in a year-round school (225 school days) with 11 classrooms. • 716 families with a family member who has spina bifida, hydrocephalus or other neural tube defects received medical care.


Helping Neighbors Get Back on Their Feet

Single moms like LaTonya got back on their feet by locating the services and support needed, such as employment and housing referrals, coaching, transportation and even shoes for work.

Fast Facts Building Stable Lives worked with 724 people in 2014. An average of 54% of participants found steady employment or entered an education program, and another 50% found safe, affordable housing.


Healthy Kids at School

Tiger Creek Health Clinic, a United Way-funded program, helps kids like Charlie – who have asthma or other health issues – stay in class and focus on learning while their parents can breathe easier knowing they’re OK.

Fast Facts School absences have dropped from 16–20 a day to only six to eight per day. Absenteeism is a critical early warning sign that students are headed offtrack. Studies have linked low academic achievement and high dropout rates to chronic absenteeism.


Thanks to you... we are spurring innovation in Social services

Through Impact Grants and Opportunity Funding, United Way uses the power of partnership to encourage social service providers to work together toward innovative solutions to our community’s critical, unmet needs.

2014 Impact Grants Developed in collaboration with United Way to address unmet community needs: • Furniture Bank (Goodwill Industries) — Provides used furniture and household items free of charge to homeless individuals and families moving into stable housing. It served 913 individuals in 2014. • Veteran’s Coalition (Epilepsy Foundation) — Works to cover veterans’ needs by pulling together more than 100 government agencies, nonprofits, faithbased organizations and other entities. In 2014, 19,956 veterans benefited. • Workforce/IBEW Pre-Apprenticeship — Helps qualified individuals acquire the skills necessary to successfully pass the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Apprenticeship Program entrance exam.

Opportunity Funds Funding for up to three years to new programs that address unmet community needs: • Emergency Services (Northside Neighborhood House expansion) — The recently opened North Hamilton site provides financial education and referrals for other services while providing basic needs assistance to clients living in the northern end of the county. In 2014, the program served 337 people. Only 14% of clients needed additional financial assistance.

• Bookworm Club (Girls Inc.) — This out-of-schooltime program serves girls in grades K–3rd at Clifton Hills, East Ridge and Woodmore Elementary Schools. 71% of students in the program met or exceeded reading proficiency levels. • Legal Services in BSL Neighborhoods (Legal Aid) — 101 individuals’ legal issues were addressed to ensure stability in income, housing and health. • H omeless Services (Family Promise) — Partnered with faith-based organizations to stabilize 1,145 homeless and near homeless families to ensure that they’re connected to affordable housing, basic needs and other supportive services.

Regional Impact Grants and Opportunity Funds • Nourishing Children of Catoosa — Weekend Snack Packs were provided to 1,629 children in eight schools. • YMCA Summer Feeding Program — This program provides healthy snacks and lunches during the summer break to approximately 450 at-risk children and youth. • Primary Healthcare Center — This school-based community health center at Tiger Creek Elementary has reduced absenteeism by 50%. • Communities In Schools Graduation Coaches — 115 students were identified as at-risk for dropping out of high school. 73% of those earned enough academic credits to stay on track for graduation. • Good Neighbor Program, Marion County Ministries — This program provided assistance with utility bills to avoid disconnection to more than 300 families.


United Way’s Volunteer Center

Staunchly dedicated to its mission, the Center for Nonprofits helps nonprofit organizations achieve their missions more efficiently and effectively. The Center accomplishes that by offering workshops, tailored training sessions, consultation services, planning facilitation, board development and access to resources in nonprofit management excellence. CNP Outcomes in 2014 • Hosted 925 attendees at CNP workshops and events • Accommodated more than 1,800 requests for information from the nonprofit community • Posted approximately 300 job searches for nonprofit member organizations • Maintained a membership of 244 nonprofits within the region • Organized and hosted a major regional nonprofit conference – the Tennessee Valley Institute for Nonprofit Excellence

United Way’s Volunteer Center is an integral part of the community, giving people a chance to make a hands-on impact. It’s a critical part of United Way’s three pillars of engagement: Give, Advocate and Volunteer. The Center is this region’s only certified Hands On Action Center. For the past two years, the Volunteer Center has used to bridge the gap between nonprofits in need of volunteers, individuals looking for meaningful community engagement, and companies looking for opportunities that align with their corporate interests. Volunteer Center Outcomes in 2014 • Increased total volunteer project hours from 3,385 to 15,710, with a value to the community of $354,261* • Increased registered users on the iHelp site from 5,785 to 7,885 individuals and 269 registered nonprofit and corporate subscribers • Coordinated multiple corporate volunteer projects, recruiting more than 1,346 employee volunteers at 90 locations • Oversaw the Volunteer Disaster Response Committee for Hamilton County VOAD and developed the county’s disaster preparedness volunteer plan


*According to the Independent Sector, Volunteer Labor hourly rate is $22.55 for 2013.

Thanks To You!

More than 22,000 donors help push United Way

Community Campaign to an all-time high of $12,703,821! Tom Glenn — United Way’s chairman of the Board and CEO of Elder’s ACE Hardware — proudly announces that United Way of Greater Chattanooga has reached a campaign high of $12,703,821 during the 2014 campaign, the largest amount the organization has ever raised in its 93-year history. United Way is grateful that Campaign Chairman Jason Taylor, then President of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, was able to give the campaign a strong, solid start before his departure. “We are grateful to our volunteers and donors for helping United Way surpass its $12.2 million stretch goal for the 2014 campaign,” said Mr. Glenn. “From United Way’s campaign staff and our board members to our volunteer campaign cabinet members and company coordinators, everyone has worked hard and pitched in to achieve this success. But it is the generosity of our individual community donors that always makes the difference.”

The collective impact federal agencies have on their neighbors and communities is amazing. They have been extremely generous with their time, talent and treasure.

Marion County Campaign Exceeds 2014 Goal Marion County exceeded its 2014 campaign goal by raising $26,744, thanks to the hard work of campaign chair Judy Graham, Director of the Sequatchie Valley Head Start, and her committee members Harvey Cameron, Kaz Hasnani, Bobbi Hubbard and Maggie Phillips. Ms. Graham and her committee credit the campaign’s success to new workplace campaigns in the region and a greater understanding of United Way and its work.

Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties Achieve Campaign Success in 2014 Damon Raines, 2014 Campaign Chair for United Way in Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties, knew he could rally his coworkers, students and neighbors in North Georgia to exceed their $585,000 campaign goal. So it’s no surprise to him that North Georgia businesses, local government and individuals donated a grand total of $593,008. “It was truly an honor to lead the North Georgia United Way campaign this year,” said Mr. Raines. “I would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions and continued support of United Way in North Georgia. Your efforts are truly making a difference in the lives of our families and our communities.”

2014 Combined Federal Campaign “Made It Possible” Under the leadership of Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Chair Dan Traynor, CFC donors exceeded the Chattanooga area goal of $1.6 million and “Made It Possible” for both local and national charitable agencies to continue to effectively serve their communities.

Live United Day helps kick off the United Way campaign season by hosting a Stuff the Bus collection at the Chattanooga Market. In 2014 Stuff the Bus collected $95,000 in supplies, a 76% increase. Volkswagen employees stuffed a Passat with supplies, but in 2014 they were joined by almost 30 other companies, including long-time sponsors Walgreens and Publix, and new participants like BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Chattanooga Airport Authority.


Programs & Services

RECEIVING FUNDS for community impact in 2014 A.I.M. Center $116,898 Agency Relations 132,372 Alexian Brothers Senior Neighbors 9,337 American Red CrossChattanooga/Hamilton County Chapter 219,897 Big Brothers Big Sisters 195,836 Boehm Birth Defects Center 59,944 Boy Scouts of America, Cherokee Area Council 362,200 Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga, Inc. 404,441 Community Partnerships 165,572 Council for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (CADAS) 38,167 Catholic Charities Chattanooga 41,470 Center For Nonprofits 319,662 Chattanooga’s Kids on Block, Inc. 34,736 Children’s Academy for Education 94,262 The Children’s Home/Chambliss Shelter 297,460 Communities in Schools of Catoosa County 72,499 Direct Services 300,000 Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chattanooga 53,420 Family Crisis Center 26,824 Fortwood Center, Inc. 217,726 Four Points Inc 17,147 Girls Incorporated 284,655 Goodwill Industries 189,127 GSC of the Southern Appalachians 128,961 Hospice of Chattanooga, Inc. 109,798 Invest in Children 820,174 Jewish Community Federation 22,566 LaFayette Empty Stocking Fund 20,961 Little Miss Mag Child Care Center 66,583 Maurice Kirby Day Care Center 76,292 Northside Neighborhood House 117,720 Orange Grove Center, Inc. 462,850 Other United Ways 113,258 Partnership for Families 706,768 Primary Health Care Center, Dade County 56,851 Pro Re Bona Day Nursery 83,462 Power Share/ Water Help 33,156 RE:Start 67 Room in the Inn of Chattanooga 73,989 Signal Centers, Inc. 303,594 Special Transit Services 144,483 The Speech & Hearing Center 179,831 Team Evaluation Center, Inc. 241 The Salvation Army 206,801 Tri-State Food Pantry-Dade County 24,917 2-1-1 338,948 Volunteer Center 121,053 Volunteer Community School 75,605 Walker County 4-H Club 11,555 YMCA 354,505 TOTAL $8,308,641 Other Partnership Designations $1,062,498 Neediest Cases 55,684 Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga 10,000 LaPaz 10,000 Legal Aid of East Tennessee 10,000 Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce 50,000 NG Ringgold Methodist Church 12,500 Ham Co DOE-Summer Literacy Institute 20,000 Marion County Community Good Neighbor Program 5,000 Marion County - St Lukes Interfaith 3,000 Marion County - Smiles, Inc 3,000 Lexia Learning System 100,000


Report of receipts, disbursements and allocated funds for year ending December 31, 2014 RECEIPTS Campaign Contributions Endowment Grants/Other Inc (Iic, BSL, CNP ) Utility Assistance Other Partnership Designations Other Receipts TOTAL RECEIPTS

$8,355,357 1,335,000 733,040 36,918 1,062,498 4,984

72.48% 11.58% 6.36% 0.32% 9.22% 0.04%



$9,650,323 1,404,887

87.29% 12.71%



DISBURSEMENTS AND EXPENSES Funds Distributed for Community Program and Services Admin Cost Net of Admin Income, Assets TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS

Change in Net Assets $472,587

2013 Campaign Funds Distributed in 2014 Programs and Services Admin Cost Net of Admin Income, Assets Change in net Assets Uncollectibles 2013 Campaign

$9,650,323 1,404,887 472,587 532,129

80% 12% 4% 4%



Cam Scearce – Treasurer An audited financial statement will be prepared by CPAs, and will be on file at United Way.

United Way of Greater Chattanooga does not charge funded partner agencies membership dues or service charges. TOTAL $9,650,323


A PAT on the Back for Parents

Thanks to United Way’s free Learning Checkups and Parents As Teachers, a United Way supported program, Parent Educators like Tammie can help parents ensure their kids develop properly and overcome learning difficulties before entering school.

Fast Facts In 2014, 5,379 parents monitored their child’s skills using United Way’s Learning Checkups. 86.6% of children screened were maintaining the age-appropriate level of developmental skills, and 721 children were identified as needing follow-up contact to see if additional assessments were needed.


630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | p 423.752.0300 f 423.752.0350 | United Way thanks our Corporate Cornerstone Partners — GOLD LEVEL: ACE Hardware, BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Coca-Cola, First Tennessee, Chattem/Hamico, Decosimo CPAs, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough, SunTrust Foundation, Unum SILVER LEVEL: EPB, McKee Foods Corporation, Mauldin & Jenkins, Memorial Healthcare System, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

United Way of Greater Chattanooga Annual Report 2014  

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