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United Way Supports the Nonprofit Ecosystem United Way has been around for a long time going back to 1889 but really taking off in 1927 after World War I. The creation of Community Chests — an early version of UW — was in response to crushing humanitarian crises many…
Monday, September 16, 2019
United Way and Community Leadership Stories about the breakdown in the way we talk to and about each other have been all over the news and social, and other, media in the past couple of weeks.  I heard a couple of programs on MPR discussing the effect of the quality of our…
Monday, August 19, 2019
Staff Transitions at the United Way In the past six years United Way of Steele County has had a pretty stable staffing model but it is about to be shaken up a bit. Tanya Paley, our Director of Strategic Operations, is becoming Assistant Director of the Institute for…
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
How Do We Grow at United Way? In the seasons of United Way we have just completed the Grant-Making Season; and we are just about to begin the Fundraising Season. There are planning and reporting seasons in between but most people know our work by these two activities. I…
Monday, June 17, 2019
United Way of Steele County Fights for the Financial Stability, Health and Education of Every Person in our Community  Education is one of the three pillars of work that the United Way focuses on. It is one of the fundamentals of a healthy community and is interconnected…
Monday, May 20, 2019
The Role Of The Board I am proud to say that I work for one of the bests Boards around. They are the unsung heroes of the work of United Way of Steele County, keeping us well governed, transparent, accountable, solvent, and focused on our mission. Most of this work is…
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
If I Had A Million Dollars Happy New Year! United Way of Steele County accomplished A LOT in 2018, some things were new like our CommUnity Tables intentional social interaction events and our Volunteer Connect website, and we had great outcomes with ongoing programs like…
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Why Workforce? Happy New Year! United Way of Steele County accomplished A LOT in 2018, some things were new like our CommUnity Tables intentional social interaction events and our Volunteer Connect website, and we had great outcomes with ongoing programs like Incent to…
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The Season of Gratitude A lot of the time my job is to put a magnifying lens on the community issues that United Way is working on or problems that need to be addressed. It is important that community members are aware of problems that might not directly affect them or of…
Monday, December 17, 2018
Democratic Process Two weeks ago the Midterm election happened.  Even though I am very glad it is over – those ads can be very draining - I am also very encouraged by our local participation in the process.  Over 75% of eligible Steele County voters turned out for this…
Tuesday, November 13, 2018