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United Way of Thurston County Announces Community Partner Certification

United Way of Thurston County is pleased to announce our new Community Partner Certification process, the first step in applying for United Way funding. 

Applications are due on Thursday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m.  We will not accept late applications.

Click here to apply:    e-CImpact – AGENCY

Benefits of Being a Certified Community Partner:

  • Ability to apply for funding through the United Way’s Community Investment process
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Day of Caring
  • Website Promotion

United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has established the following policies regarding the process for affiliation as a Certified Community Partner (CCP).

For an agency to be considered for partnership with United Way of Thurston County, it must meet the criteria below. The agency must always remain in compliance with the criteria. An agency application submission does not ensure automatic approval of a CCP nor does it guarantee grant funding with United Way of Thurston County. All applications are reviewed individually for approval or denial by United Way of Thurston County staff.

Eligibility as a Certified Community Partner (CCP) will be based on a review of the certification packet and other supporting documentation. Certified Community Partners must apply every calendar year and provide required documents as specified by the deadline, typically from November 1st to December 1st. If your organization is unable to satisfy any one of the requirements for certification, please submit a letter outlining that reason. If a requirement is not met and no justification is included, your agency’s request for Certified Community Partnership may be rejected.

UWTC Certified Community Partner must:

  • Be recognized as a charitable organization under the IRS Section 501c (3) Internal Revenue Code.
  • Be registered with the Washington Secretary of State as a charitable organization.
  • Yearly complete and sign the Counter-terrorism Compliance Form (US Patriot Act)
  • Provide a current copy of corporation by-laws.
  • Provide a copy of articles of incorporation.
  • Provide a copy of the most recent annual report.
  • Ensure that the name of the applying organization matches the IRS Determination letter. If the name of the organization differs, official documentation from the IRS or state government authorizing use must be provided.
  • Be primarily involved in providing programs(s) and services that focus on the Community Impact Areas: Health, Education and Financial Stability. These programs must serve residents within the borders of Thurston County.
  • Have an independent governing body consisting of voting members who act as the Board of Directors.
  • Maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for staff and clients that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status or status as a person with a disability.
  • Agencies with total revenue greater than $500,000 must submit their most recent Audited Financial Statements that have been prepared by an independent auditor for the period ending within the last 18 months. Agencies with total revenue between $100,000 and $499,999 must submit either their most recent Audited Financial Statements that have been prepared by an independent auditor or their most recent Reviewed Financial Statements that have been prepared by an independent certified public accountant for the period ending within the last 18 months. Agencies with total revenue under $100,000 will submit their most recent Financial Statements prepared by an independent certified public accountant (whenever it is available) for the period ending within the last 18 months. In the interim, internally prepared Financial Statements will be accepted. NOTE: To determine what the total revenue is for an agency, see Line 12, on IRS Form 990.
  • Provide a complete IRS Form 990 for a period ending not more than 18 months prior to the application deadline. If the agency’s Form 990 is part of a national organization that does not separate by the local services areas of Thurston County or if the IRS does not require the organization to file the Form 990, the agency is required to provide its most recent fiscal year-end, board-approved financial statements.

Community Impact Grant Funding Process

United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) funds Health, Education and Human Service nonprofit 501c(3) agency programs that meet the needs of citizens located within the boundaries of Thurston County.  The programs we support are grouped into three Community Impact Areas:  Health, Education and Financial Stability.  United Way is interested in partnering with the most efficient, effective and innovative service providers in Thurston County.  Any organization seeking United Way funding must demonstrate the ability to operate programs in a manner consistent with the highest standards of quality, which shall include compliance with United Way management and financial requirements. For UWTC to solicit contributions and/or pledges on behalf of any agency or group of agencies during a campaign, United Way must be able to assure donors that certain requirements have been met.  It is the responsibility of United Way to provide and/or conduct an annual documentation audit substantiating these assurances.

The Community Impact Grant process will open on February 1 to all UWTC Certified Community Partners (CCP) only. The deadline for all grant application submissions will be due by end of business day on March 15 at 5:00 pm Pacific time. There are no exceptions. Programs that are not awarded a grant will maintain their agency status as a CCP. 

For more information, please contact Paul Larsen, Director of Community Impact. plarsen@unitedway-thurston.org or call 360-943-2773 ext 113.