United Way Of Manatee County Inc
4215 Concept Court
Lakewood Ranch FL 34211
We develop resources and partnerships that make a measurable difference in people's lives.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Philip A. Brown III
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Lee
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1962
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration No 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,934,368.00
Projected Expenses $1,934,368.00
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in every community we serve. As a lead partner in the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR), United Way has begun to take great strides in fostering long-term impact for our community by planting the seeds for success early in life. It is imperative that our children enter school ready to learn, read on grade level by 3rd grade, achieve academic success in middle school, and graduate on time and identify a future plan. When children fail to read on grade-level by the end of 3rd grade they are more likely to drop out of high school. The negative consequences then compound. 49% of our 3rd graders in Manatee County and 40% of children in our region are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. If addressed thoughtfully this cooperative movement will change the trajectory for our children's lives and our community as a whole. The SCGLR targets three solution areas proven to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency: Attendance, School Readiness, and Summer Learning. The SCGLR also recognizes the influence of health and parental involvement on the success of these solution areas. In its inaugural year, the SCGLR began its work by addressing chronic absenteeism, since children who are not in school miss out on critical learning needed to read on grade-level. In the Manatee-Sarasota region, nearly 10,000 students are chronically absent, and in some communities, chronic absenteeism affects 1 in 4 children. Several tools utilized to impact chronic absenteeism where the addition of Graduation Enhancement Technician positions to Manatee County School District, an attendance awareness poster contest which nearly 38,000 students participated in, as well as hosting community learning and sharing sessions with education experts. Although schools must be accountable for helping all children achieve, the SCGLR is based on the belief that schools cannot succeed alone. Overall, these efforts are reaching towards the goal of increasing the on-time graduation rate in Manatee County from 83.5% to 90% by the year 2025.

Needs Statement
The United Way of Manatee County is in search of monetary donations of any kind, volunteers, community partnerships, ambassadors, and community feedback and impute.  Funds raised by United Way are put to use in our community for the most necessary needs.  Our allocation process determines that these funds are used to their maximum potential and help to create lasting positive changes in our community.  Volunteers are an integral part of our work and can participate in a range of activities that best suit their passions and availability.  Please visit www.HandsOnManatee.org to learn more. 
Background Statement

United Way of Manatee County has deep community roots. Established in 1943 by Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, United Way created practical solutions for the community’s post-war needs. For decades after, United Way has led community in times of disruption. The model of fundraiser on behalf of others was transformational in its time, and continues to be a game changer in how businesses connect with community. Today, United Ways not only invest in programs that work, but also help nonprofits focus on accountability, transparency and outcomes. Over the past decade, United Way has begun another transformation, harnessing the community to address some of our toughest challenges.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
United Way of Manatee primarily serves residents living within the geographical boarders of Manatee County, including Bradenton, Palmetto, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island, Ellenton and parts of Longboat Key.  Contributions donated to United Way of Manatee County stay within our service area, however our organization does allow individuals to designate payroll deduction donations. United Way of Manatee County acts as the financial facilitator of those funds which may be sent to organizations outside of the County per the donor's request.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Description United Way of Manatee County addresses the daily challenges and struggles many of our neighbors face.  However, we must also repair the perpetuating root causes that rob our community of a qualified workforce.  United Way believes everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life - a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income for a family to be financially stable and good health.  Along with community input, United Way has set goals within the areas of Education, Income Stability, and Health and continues to invest in solutions that move the needle towards lasting success.  United Way takes the lead in ensuring that our community's resources are aligned and work to guide vision, coordinate strategies, build public will, support shared measurement, mobilize funding, and engage volunteers. 
Budget $2,500,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Families
Short Term Success

Education: In 2014-15, more than 800 children were served in school readiness programs, more than 1,100 children were provided early and middle grade proficiency programs, more than 2,600 high school students were helped on their path to graduation, and more than 500 students received interventions that helped them stay on their educational track. During the 2014-15 ReadingPals program, nearly 3,000 books were given to kindergarten students from low-income households and they received more than 2,500 hours of volunteer reading enrichment.

Income: In 2014-15, more than 7,000 people received basic needs and crisis management, and more than 2,200 people received career information, job skills training, and financial education. Additionally, more than $452,000 in tax refunds were distributed through the VITA program. 
Health: In 2014-15, more than 4,200 people were ensured safety and 2,100 older adults and people with disabilities received care and support. 
Long Term Success
Education: Children graduate from high-school on time, college or career ready.  United Way strives to increase the high school graduation rate from 76% to 90% by the year 2025. 
Program Success Monitoring

United Way has a great responsibility to make sure donors resources are put to the best use for our entire community. Each year, a group of trained volunteers go through extensive procedures to make sure donations are invested to make the biggest impact.  Short-term successes are determined using detailed reports from program investments which are monitored through the course of the funding cycle.  Long term success in education is monitored using School District of Manatee graduation rates and reading comprehension reports. Long-term success in income will be monitored using overall community data,  and the ALICE report. 

Program Success Examples
Lucia left home at 13. She never felt she was going to amount to anything. When she started her own family, she found that she was instilling the same fears into her children that her parents had instilled into her. “Just as my parents told me that I
would never amount to anything, I was telling the same thing to my children.” Lucia sought help from the Family Partnership Center, a United Way Funded Partner. After six months of in home services, Lucia and her family learned the skills necessary to create a nurturing home. “Thanks to this program, my family’s lives are changed forever.”

Part of the Barnett Early Literacy Initiative, ReadingPals is a guided reading program focused on early reading intervention.  Volunteers are paired with students within five Title I VPK classes and read for one hour a day, one day a week. Volunteers also work with students on activity sheets that reinforce key concepts from the book and use an application called Footsteps 2 Brilliance that accesses over 10,000 online books and games.  At the end of each week, the students take home a book to build their at-home library.   All literacy components are aligned with the students’ curriculum and correspond to lessons being taught in the classroom.  ReadingPals is endorsed with enthusiastic support of the School District of Manatee County and has been a welcomed complement since 2012. Initially the program began in 3rd grade classrooms and gradually went to Kindergarten and  VPK classrooms to maximize the exponential impact of early intervention. 

Budget $118,900
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success


Number of schools: 4

Number of students:108 

Number of volunteers: 120

Number of volunteer hours:3120

Number of books distributed:3240

Average increase in

I-Ready Scores:67%


Number of schools: 5

Number of students:104

Number of volunteers: 127

Number of volunteer hours: 3302

Number of books distributed: 3432

Average increase in

I-Ready Scores: 80%

Note:2016-2017 info not yet available


Long Term Success
School readiness Research continues to show that fewer children from low-income families (less than half) are ready for school at kindergarten entry, compared to three-quarters of children from families with moderate or high incomes. For children from low-income families, preschool attendance is one of the strongest factors in school readiness; attending a high-quality early childhood program also predicts higher levels of achievement at age 11. A followup study of the Abecedarian Project found that by age 30, participants were four times more likely to obtain a college degree than nonparticipants. Entering school ready to learn can improve one’s chances of reaching middle-class status by age 40. And a study of the Child-Parent Center program found a long-term return to society of $8.24 for every dollar invested during the first four to six years of school, including prekindergarten. - Anne E. Casey Foundation 
Program Success Monitoring

ReadingPals outcomes will continue to be measured using de-identified FAIR test data from the School District. 

Program Success Examples

As a United Way ReadingPal, Edie Thompson has seen the life-changing impact each of us can make on another life.As a four year veteran of the program, Edie has helped lay the building blocks for a lifetime of Thrivability by mentoring many young children through guided reading, curriculum-based school work, and a new online app called Footsteps2Brilliance. Edie says,

“This year’s ReadingPals has been a particular joy for me. When the year started, my RP informed me that his mother doesn’t speak English. A few weeks later he asked me if I could speak and understand Spanish, which I confirmed I could. With a big smile he informed me that if I would speak Spanish with his mother she would attend the upcoming United Way event to meet me. Not only did we meet but she brought her iPad with her, we were able to install Footsteps2Brilliance on her computer and show her how to use it with her son.

Springtime came, and my ReadingPal informed me that his mother can now speak English because she read with him using the ReadingPal’s Footsteps2Brilliance app. He is very proud of her and from what I understand from the teacher, she has been very active with the class.

Over the years, the growth in vocabulary and reading ability of each child has been very noticeable, but this year has been even more outstanding and rewarding for me. This program offers a lot to everyone who participates and I hope my contributions will help my ReadingPals as they move forward through their education. Children keep us young and are a joy.” -Edie Thompson

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Philip A. Brown III
CEO Term Start July 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email pbrown@uwmc.net
2012 – Present: United Way of Manatee County: President
2011- 2012: United Way of Northern New Jersey: Chief Professional Officer and Senior Vice President of Organizational Development 
2007-2010: Somerset County United Way, Bridgewater, NJ: President and Chief Executive Officer           
2003-2007: United Way of Monmouth County, Farmingdale, NJ: President and Chief Executive Officer
2002-2003: Somerset County United Way, Somerville, NJ: Vice President, Resource Development                                                                
2001-2002: Somerset County United Way, Somerville, NJ: Senior Director, Resource Development
2000-2001: Somerset County United Way, Somerville, NJ: Director, Planned Giving                                                           
1991-1998: Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center (406 beds), Plainfield, NJ: Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
1987-1988: The Allentown Hospital- Lehigh Valley Hospital Center: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer   
1987-1988: Lehigh Valley Hospital Center: Executive Vice President
1980-1987: Lehigh Valley Hospital Center
1987: Lehigh Valley Hospital Center: Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
1986: Senior Vice President                   
1983: Vice President  
1981: Assistant Administrator
1980: Administrative Assistant
1973-1976: St. Bridget's School, Jersey City, NJ: Fifth grade home room teacher who taught reading to fifth through eighth grade students of this inner city school.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Jerry Koonz 1998 - 2012
Senior Staff
Bronwyn Beightol Senior Vice President
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 55
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 500
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
United Way of Manatee County believes that collaboration is the key to success. Working together with the School District of Manatee County, Manatee County Government, the partners of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, as well as business and non-profit partners, United Way is creating lasting change in our community and in people’s lives. By doing this, we believe we will increase impact, donors, volunteers, advocacy and outcomes. We understand that we cannot do this alone and therefore place an organizational emphasis on collaborations.  
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DonmXPMZNA
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Anne Lee
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2019
Board Chair Email alee0008@tampabay.rr.com
Board Members
Board Members
Jackie Barron The Mosaic Company
Cindy Denison Gateway Bank
Jacki Dezelski Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Ted Ehrlichman Career Source Suncoast
AJ Grant Pittsburgh Pirates
Dr. Diana Greene School District of Manatee County
Tim Henning Publix
Ed Hunzeker Manatee County Administration
Anne Lee Community Volunteer
Cliff McDerment Tropicana
Connie Mederos-Jacobs Law Offices of Connie Mederos-Jacobs
Stephanie Petta Blake Medical Center
Neil Phillips Visible Men Academy
Dr. Sandra Stone USF Sarasota-Manatee
Debbie Tapp Retired
Bob Thompson Board of Governors, United Way of Florida
Dan Vigne Northern Trust Bank
Bill Webster BEALLS, Inc.
Denise Williams Hancock Bank
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 52
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,934,368.00
Projected Expenses $1,934,368.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $3,692,166.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,798,742$1,871,275$2,111,639
Investment Income, Net of Losses$23,725$1,210$1,049
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$51,791$25,859$35,031
Revenue In-Kind$5,000$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,445,547$1,704,146$1,842,771
Administration Expense$240,345$97,878$121,950
Fundraising Expense$100,658$240,639$261,031
Payments to Affiliates$27,135$28,242$30,805
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.940.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%13%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$6,770,643$2,976,075$3,132,418
Current Assets$5,222,068$1,366,606$1,372,886
Long-Term Liabilities$430,859$455,116$466,598
Current Liabilities$225,757$127,821$153,430
Total Net Assets$6,114,027$2,393,138$2,512,390
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,798,742Contributions, gifts, grants $1,871,275Contributions, gifts, grants $2,111,639
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $51,791Fundraising $25,859Fundraising $35,031
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $23,725Other $23,839Net Rental Income $3,640
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.1310.698.95
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%15%15%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  For 2016, financial information was taken from the audited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
Nonprofit United Way Of Manatee County Inc
Address 4215 Concept Court
Lakewood Ranch , FL 34206
Phone 941 748-1313

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