Frequently Asked Questions

Who is United Way of the Kearney Area?
Our agency was founded in 1964. We are located in the Eagles Nest Plaza at 4009 6th Avenue Suite 19. Although we only have one office, we serve a six-county area. We work throughout the year to raise awareness and funds for the community and our agencies. We coordinate workplace campaigns with hundreds of employers and advocate for positive change in seven priority areas. Our goal is to create lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. We operate under the idea that when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

What counties do you serve?
We serve 6 counties including: Buffalo, Kearney, Franklin, Harlan, Phelps and Custer. However, many of our partnering agencies serve many additional counties, so if you need help but don't live in one the six counties mentioned earlier, you can still call us or 2-1-1 for help.

What are the administrative costs for United Way of the Kearney Area?
Our administrative costs have remained constant at 7.7 percent. The national average for non-profits is around 25%, so you can see, we operate effectively and efficiently.

Does my donation stay in my community?
YES! 99 cents of every dollar that a donor invests in our United Way stays here to serve the needs of our friends, family and neighbors in the Kearney area.

So, where does the other penny go?
The remaining one cent pays our dues to United Way of America which allows using the UWA brand mark, attending their trainings and most importantly it gives us access to National Corporate Leadership companies, such as Wal-Mart, UPS, JCPenney, and many more.

Why not give directly to my favorite agency?
Giving through UWKA ensures that our agencies receive steady, reliable funding throughout the year rather than sporadic contributions from the public. By working with the United Way, our partnering agencies spend less on fundraising which enables them to put more money and effort toward their programs and services. Another reason why is because several of our agencies leverage their UWKA allocation as matching money when applying for various grants. Without this seed money or matching money, those potential grants could be lost.

How are UWKA Agencies held accountable?
They must be recognized by the IRS as a non-profit agency and governed by volunteers. They must meet a human service need and operate at or under administrative costs of 25%. Every one of our agencies undergoes an annual review from United Way volunteers on our Fund Distribution committee. They are required to submit annual budgets, audits or independently reviewed financial statements, and a report detailing their programs and services from the previous year.  The committee especially looks for successful outcomes that improve the lives of individuals served by a partner agency.