United Way of Skagit County maintains the highest level of accountability to ensure that your donations are handled in accordance with all regulatory requirements. Our financial statements are audited each year by an independent auditing firm and we openly report our financial standings to the community each year.
We are committed to transparency by providing our audit, 990, and dollars invested into local programs to the news media, the public, and, most importantly, our donors.
When you see the “Thumbs-Up” from United Way, what does that mean?
It means a few things, actually.
1. We are recognized as exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Every year we must file IRS form 990 in a timely manner which must be reviewed by our Board of Directors prior to filing and must make it available to the public upon request.
2. We must comply with all applicable legal, local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements. We must reveal if there is an investigation for any violations of local, state and federal laws. We must conduct anti-terrorism compliance measures, comply with the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley which includes whistleblower protection and document retention and destruction policies and we must be currently registered to conduct charitable solicitations at the state and local level.
3. We are required to have an active, responsible, and voluntary governing body which ensures effective governance over the policies and financial resources of their organization. The board must meet at least quarterly; approve the annual budget; have at least two board members with financial experience; review financial statements at least quarterly; review and approve fund distribution decisions; review its bylaws and governing policies at least every three years; and, engage an external auditor and the audit is must be presented to the full board.
4. We must adhere to a locally developed and adopted statement to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community we serve.
5. We must represent ourselves as a United Way in accordance with all UWW trademark standards and requirements, including those contained in the licensing agreement.
6. We must provide financial support to UWW in accordance to the membership investment formula which is 1% of money during our campaign. The other 99% stays in our county! UWW member benefits include products and services to enhance their work locally and collectively as a network.
7. We must adhere to a locally developed and adopted code of ethics for volunteers and staff, which includes provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices, with full and fair disclosure. All staff and board must annually review and sign a conflict of interest and code of ethics statement.
8. We must have an annual audit conducted and year-end financial statements prepared by an independent certified public accountant whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards and accounting principles. The audit must be an unqualified “clean” audit. The board must review the auditor’s management letter and take appropriate actions to minimize any risks identified.
9. We must conduct and submit to UWW every three years a business performance self-assessment of their community impact work, financial management, organizational governance and decision making.