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Title: CHANGING HOUSTON FOR GOOD


1
CHANGING HOUSTON FOR GOOD
2
The Best Way to Make the Biggest Difference
  • The United Way of Greater Houston is the leader
    and trusted partner
  • in improving lives
  • tackling key community social issues
  • making a lasting difference in our community

3
What Does United Way Do?
  • The United Way looks at the big picture
  • We go out into the community.
  • We assess the needs and study the issues.
  • We put together plans based on todays needs and
    future trends.
  • We invest in services that result in real change.
  • We track the impact.

4
Purpose and Vision
  • Mission
  • To increase the organized capacity of people to
    care for themselves and others and to mobilize
    our community to make lasting improvements in
    critical social needs areas.
  • Vision
  • United Way of Greater Houston will be a leader
    and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling
    key community issues and making a lasting
    difference.

5
Strategic Goals 2007 - 2012
  • Continue investing in quality programs and
    initiatives that provide the safety net, ensuring
    accountability and measurable impact.
  • Make a lasting improvement in at least one key
    measure of community well-being by 2012.
  • Enhance donor relations and expand the resource
    base to secure 100 million annually by 2012.

6
Safety Net
  • We will continue to assure/preserve the safety
    net
  • For those who fall
  • For those near the edge
  • For children, families, seniors and individuals
    rebuilding lives.

Make lasting improvements in the lives of
individuals.
7
Our Four Areas of Focus
  • The United Way cares for people through the
    entire cycle of life
  • Developing children and youth to their full
    potential
  • Creating strong families and safe neighborhoods
  • Sustaining senior independence
  • Supporting people rebuilding their lives
  • And were always ready to handle the unexpected
    in the community

8
Nobody Does More for Children and Youth
  • Who is going to give a generation of children a
    chance?
  • Last year, United Way gave 515,300 kids the
    foundation for a better life.
  • Every day, the United Way supports our children
    and youth with mentoring, tutoring and
    character-building programs such as Bright
    Beginnings and Houstons Kids.

81 of students in United Way programs were more
successful in school.
9
Nobody Does More for Families and Neighborhoods
  • How do families and neighborhoods get stronger?
  • Last year, the United Way helped 741,500 people
    receive medical and substance abuse help,
    counseling and parenting classes, and resources
    of community centers.
  • United Way is in the community every day to help
    with family stability and well-being and
    neighborhood rebuilding.

85 of moms and dads in United Way programs
improved their parenting skills.
10
Nobody Does More for Seniors
  • Whos got a long-term plan for seniors?
  • Last year, United Way helped more than 78,900
    seniors in our area stay independent with meals,
    transportation, help with daily life and more.
  • Breakthrough programs like Care for Elders and
    United Ways Gatekeeper Program assure our
    seniors have the care and resources they need to
    live independently.

84 of seniors in United Way programs received
the help they needed to remain in their own homes.
11
Nobody Does More for Rebuilding Lives
  • Where do you turn when you need a new start?
  • Last year, United Way helped more than 601,700
    individuals start over after violence, natural
    disasters, job loss and family emergencies.
  • United Way is the leader in bold programs like
    the 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE designed to
    get people the help they need.

66 of participants in United Way programs gained
the job skills they needed to enter the
workforce.
12
Investment Review
  • Who is making and monitoring my investment?
  • Trained Community Volunteers and United Way staff
    assess
  • Agency financial status (debt ratios, cash flow,
    trend data, controls)
  • Governance oversight (board participation and
    decision-making, correct documentation)
  • Program effectiveness Client outcomes
  • Population served
  • Program efficiency (leverage, matching funds,
    collaborative efforts)

13
United WayNonprofit Connection
  • Thanks to United Ways Nonprofit Connection,
    Houston area nonprofits have resources such as
  • Board Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Services
  • Professional Networking
  • Meeting Space

14
2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE
  • 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE
  • Is available 24 hours/day 7 days/week
  • Is staffed by trained call specialists connecting
    callers in need to services
  • Answered 567,690 calls in 2007
  • Offers specialized services for seniors, parents
    seeking childcare for their children and persons
    experiencing disasters

15
How Are We Upping The Game?
  • Making a lasting improvement - select an issue
    to be tackled
  • Pressing or important but not the most
    important.
  • Will have community ownership.
  • Issue clearly falls within United Ways four goal
    areas.
  • Must have a real potential for change.

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How Did We Reach Our Conclusion?

Framework
Research
Filters
Decision
Community Input
Task Force Board
  • UW Staff
  • Early Childhood
  • Financial
  • Stability
  • Seniors
  • Job Skills
  • Training
  • Consultant
  • 13 Issues
  • 42 Sub Issues
  • UW Staff
  • Impact
  • Need
  • Expertise
  • Partners
  • Focus Groups
  • 21 Groups
  • 300 Stakeholders
  • Community Survey
  • 700 Individuals
  • Donor Survey
  • 358 Leadership
  • Givers

Develop Strategies Community Partners Baseline
Measures
Implement
17
Now is the Time toDo Something About It!
  • Twelve months of research and conversations, over
    1,500 voices later, with vision and mission as
    foundation Operation Thrive has been designed.
  • Operation Thrive Iifting up hardworking
    families with children
  • United Way of Greater Houston uniquely positioned
    to lead
  • Partners engaged, excited and anticipating our
    leadership
  • Ready to launch and learn the pilot and build
    Houston as an Opportunity City for All
  • Proposals will be reviewed by Board Operation
    Thrive Task Force this month

18
United Way VisionHouston Opportunity City For
All
United Way of Greater Houston will help make
Houston an Opportunity City by assisting
hardworking, lower-income families with children
in their own efforts to achieve what every family
wants
  • Good jobs and good wages
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Financial security
  • Success for their children

19
A Snapshot of a Familys Finances(Mother with
Two Children)
  • Sources of Income
  • Wage 19,008
  • Child Support 2,436
  • Total Income 21,444
  • Living Expenses
  • Housing/Utilities 8,808
  • Child Care 8,988
  • Food 4,752
  • Transportation 3,444
  • Health Care 3,108
  • Miscellaneous 2,880
  • Total Living 31,980
  • Finance Charges
  • Check Cashing 380
  • Furniture 1,809
  • Pay-Day Loan 596
  • Total Finance Charges 2,785
  • Total Expenses 34,765
  • Net Income (Deficit) (13,321)

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Observations
  • This family lives in a deficit position
  • Income covers only 62 of expenses
  • Some things wont get paid or paid on time
  • No bank account check cashing charges
  • Forces participation in pay day loans
  • No room for illness of mother or any other
    unexpected emergency

Work force development and job training alone
will not produce a 13,000 increase in income.
21
Assisting the Family In Their Own Efforts To
Achieve Their Dreams.
  • Before and After
  • a Multi-Faceted Approach

22
Family
Income
Wage
Child Support
Interest Income from Savings (avg. 1500 at 1.5)
Total Income
Expenses
Housing/Utilities
Child Care
Food
Transportation
Health Care
Miscellaneous
Total Household Expenses
Check-cashing
Furniture Finance Charges (valued at 2000)
Emergency Loans (or pay-day)
Total Finance Charges
Earned Income Tax Credit (federal)
Child Care Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Total Expenses
Net Income
23
Moving Toward What Every Family Wants
College
Savings
Home Ownership
Education
Associate Degree
Accessing Affordable Products
Savings
Accessing Employment Benefits
Good Job Good Wage
GED, Job Training and Placement
Accessing Available Benefits
Multiple Jobs Low Wage
24
The Number of Familiesin Our Community
Target hard working families with children
earning 20,000 - 35,000 per year.
  • Per Census 2000
  • 107,000 families in four (4) county area fall
    within this family definition
  • Current estimate of target population in 2008
    from Greater Houston Partnership is 115,108.

25
Ways to Respond to Families
  • Increasing income by
  • Job training/placement in higher wage jobs
  • Access affordable loans including credit repair
  • Wage recovery
  • No-cost income tax preparation and earned income
    credit filing
  • Build savings by
  • Creating alternative banking relationships
  • Offering match to save for home, college or
    business
  • Providing comprehensive financial
    literacy/mentoring
  • Acquiring assets by
  • Increasing occupational English
  • Establishing permanent residence
  • Obtaining higher education

26
United Ways Response
  • United Ways Role Provide Leadership
  • Lead and coordinate a comprehensive first year
    pilot
  • Direct Initiative with a focus on measurable
    results
  • Forge lasting relationships with providers,
    funders, businesses and public agencies
  • Catalyst for new programs and services
  • Policy, Research, Planning and Evaluation
  • Communication of Vision of what their community
    can be and Results

Mutual Accountabilities
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Community Benefit Year One
United Way Investment 3 million
Communitys Economic Benefit 24.5 million
Return on Investment 81
Families Served 15,000 EIC 5,000 Other
Cost Per Family 33 500
  • Increased purchasing power new consumers
  • Increased sales tax to city/county
  • Setting the foundation for the success of the
    next generation

28
Why This, Why Now, Why United Way?
  • If the region is to flourish in the 21st
    century, it will need to develop into a much more
    unified and inclusive multiethnic society, one in
    which equality of opportunity is truly made
    available to all citizens and all of its
    communities are invited to participate as full
    partners . . .
  • Dr. Stephen Klineberg
  •  

29
Donor Relations andResource Expansion
  • Enhance donor relations and expand the resource
    base to secure 100 million annually by 2012.

30
Ways to Enhance Donor Relations
YOUNG LEADERS Emerging leaders age 45 and
under who make a personal gift of 1,000 or
more WOMENS INITIATIVE Talented women of
influence who make personal gifts of 2,500 or
more CHAIRMANS CLUB Emerging donors who are
ready to grow their gifts from 1,000 to
4,999 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Generous donors who
are expanding their philanthropic horizons with
gifts ranging from 5,000 to 9,999 ALEXIS DE
TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY True philanthropists who
make personal gifts of 10,000 or more
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Nobody Does More to Change the Big Picture
  • For 85 years, United Way has been a leader and
    trusted partner in the community.
  • We have a unique bank of practical information
    and hands-on experience to tackle challenges
    facing our area.
  • We partner with corporations, social service
    agencies, faith-based organizations, nonprofits,
    government entities, and individuals to find
    comprehensive solutions.

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  • Every day, on every corner, United Way is working
    for the good of all.
  • Nobody does more for children, for families, for
    seniors, for individuals for Houston than
    United Way.

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