Accountability

Governance

United Ways are governed by active, responsible, and voluntary governing boards to ensure effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization. These boards are responsible for United Ways delivering on their mission to advance the common good.

Ethics

All United Ways follow locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff that include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure.

Diversity

United Ways have adopted policies/statements to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community served.

Financial Accountability 

United Ways undergo annual financial audits conducted by independent certified public accountants whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards. In addition, United Ways have developed comprehensive requirements for completion of audited financial statements to ensure consistency and transparency system-wide. These requirements are based on industry best practices and conform with generally accepted accounting principles.

Public Reporting and Disclosure

United Ways must file the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner and will provide the IRS Form 990 on their website, at their offices, or upon request.

Legal

United Ways comply with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements.