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Thank you for taking the time to assess the finances and operations of United Way of Southeast Alaska. Donors are wise to investigate the management of organizations they support, along with their missions and programs. United Way of Southeast Alaska takes its responsibility as a steward of donor contributions very seriously. United Way's Board of Directors, staff, and other professional volunteers with expertise in financial management and governance have established controls to ensure the highest level of accountability and transparency in United Way of Southeast Alaska's operations.
Code of Ethics: United Way of Southeast Alaska has adopted a code of ethics and is committed to operating at the highest ethical standards, including complying with generally accepted accounting principles, providing full and fair disclosure of all relevant information, and spending donor money efficiently, objectively and honestly. Download our Code of Ethics.
Annual Independent Audit: United Way of Southeast Alaska has had a clean, unqualified financial audit for many years. Appropriate accounting safeguards are in place to ensure that no one employee has access to both physical assets and the related accounting records or to all phases of transaction. Internal control procedures are regularly reviewed by United Way auditors and Finance Committee members.
Check Signing: All checks require two signatures.The board authorizes select board members and the president to sign checks. The general office manager prepares checks, but is not authorized to sign checks. The president is not permitted to be a signatory on any checks written to the president. Authorized board members are not permited to sign checks if that board member is related in any way to an employee of United Way of Southeast Alaska.
Board of Directors: United Way of Southeast Alaska's Board of Directors meets twelve times per year and discusses and approves financial statements at every meeting.
Finance Committee: The Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer and comprised of volunteers with expertise in financial management, governance, and investment, review and monitor the fiscal operations of United Way of Southeast Alaska, including reviewing the budget and annual audit.
Capital Purchases: At United Way of Southeast Alaska, tt is standard practice to request at least three bids on all significant capital purchases.
Conflict of Interest: All board members annually sign a conflict of interest policy requiring them to disclose if they or someone related to them would benefit from any decisions made by the United Way Board of Directors.
Overhead: United Way of Southeast Alaska's operational overhead is a low 15%, which is consistent with the average overhead of United Ways of similar size throughout the country. This figure compares favorably to the suggested Better Business Bureau's recommendation of up to 35%.
For more information about the program, please contact the United Way of Southeast Alaska at (907) 463-5530, or firstname.lastname@example.org.