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Transparency

The United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties is dedicated to providing as much information to our donors and the community as possible. One way we have demonstrated this commitment is by becoming Guidestar Exchange Seal certified. Guidestar is the premier source of not-for-profit information.
 
 
We have a responsibility to our donors, partners, and the community itself to ensure that the dollars entrusted to us are invested in ways that will produce results for the community, and that we operate efficiently. This includes providing information on how your donation is spent.
 
We also believe that setting standards for our local partners is critical in achieving our mission and success. Our agency funding policies are volunteer-driven and rely on a rigorous application process, complete with site visits and presentations to a panel of local volunteers and United Way board members. 
 
We are an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded and governed by local volunteers to help people in our community.
 
We are also a member of United Way Worldwide and annually complete certification of strict membership requirements that include:
 
  • Tax-Exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as well as corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations.
  • Governance by an active, responsible, and local voluntary governing board that ensures effective governance over the policies and financial resources of the organization.
  • Code of Ethics has been developed and adopted for all volunteers and staff that includes provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure.
  • Diversity and Inclusion policies/statements/practices have been adopted to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of our service area. Find our diversity statement by clicking here.
  • Financial Accountability as demonstrated through an annual financial audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant whose examination complies with generally accepted auditing standards and GAAP. Additionally, the organization maintains a finance committee which routinely reviews financial performance and accountability issues.
  • Public Reporting and Disclosure each year by annually filing the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner and providing the IRS Form 990 on our website, at our office, or upon request. United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties also submits to United Way Worldwide a report of the total resources generated (annual fundraising campaign plus other resources such as in-kind donations and proceeds from special events). This report must be completed according to a policy that ensures an accurate, unduplicated national accounting for the United Way system.
  • Legal compliance with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements (e.g., nondiscrimination, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, USA Patriot Act.)
  • Support the United Way Network Nationally and in Illinois — United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties pays an annual fee to United Way Worldwide and United Way of Illinois according to the membership investment formula and follows standards to use United Way's trademarks and resources and to partner with the United Way of Illinois to collaborate locally and have a collective impact in Springfield around policy issues central to the work of the United Way.
 
View more documents, including annual reports, IRS 990s, and our Donor Bill of Rights by visiting the documents page.