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Local United Way Completes 2014 Requirements – Brevard NC


United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) has fulfilled the 2014 United Way Worldwide (UWW) membership requirements. The local agency has been a qualified member in good standing since 1955.

"This is our 59th year of helping citizens in Transylvania County. UWTC is excited to be in the early stages of planning our 60th anniversary community-wide celebration scheduled for next spring," said Steve Pulliam, UWTC executive director.

UWW annual membership requirements outline strict guidelines that align with the UWW mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

United Way member agencies must certify their adherence to standards for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations.

UWTC has certified that it:

• is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and corresponding provisions of other applicable state, local or foreign laws or regulations

• is governed by active, responsible, and voluntary governing boards to govern the policies and financial resources of the organization

• follows locally adopted codes of ethics for volunteers and staff, including ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices and full and fair disclosure

• has policies/statements ensuring that volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community served

• undergoes annual financial audits conducted by independent certified public accountants using generally accepted auditing standards and follows requirements ensuring consistency and transparency system-wide

• conducts self-assessments of governance, financial management and impact in the community every three years

• files the IRS Form 990 in a timely manner and provides the IRS Form 990 on their website, at their offices, or upon request

• complies with all applicable local, state and federal operating and reporting requirements

• provides financial support to United Way Worldwide (only 1 percent of funds raised), follows standards to use United Way's trademarks, and assigns fees based on actual expenses for donor-designated gifts and other processing services.

Heather Knox, Branch Manager at PNC Bank in Brevard and a United Way of Transylvania County board member, proudly adds the "2014 Member" badge to the membership plaque hanging in the United Way office.

UWTC has three goals for achieving positive community outcomes: increasing residents' financial stability, raising the county's high school graduation rate, and improving health care access and healthy behaviors.

At the present time, UWTC funds programs that strengthen families by helping prevent teen pregnancy, homelessness and neglect; and by providing housing, adult day care, family counseling, after-school programs, health care access, free transportation, youth athletic programs, financial counseling and youth conflict resolution training.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit unitedway


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