High standards for the greatest impact.
We set high standards for ourselves and our partners so that together, we can create the greatest impact in our community.
Rappahannock United Way adheres to all accountability requirements that United Way Worldwide has established, as well as Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and IRS Financial Guidelines for Nonprofits.
Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator awarded Rappahannock United Way four out of a possible four stars. This four-star rating indicates that Rappahannock United Way adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
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Consistency and Transparency
The United Way system has developed comprehensive requirements for audited financial statements. They provide a uniform set of standards for all United Ways in the preparation of audited financial statements and ensure consistency and transparency. The requirements are based on current best practices in our industry as well as generally accepted accounting principles and requirements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
The United Way system has developed requirements for completion of the IRS Form 990 that clarify various areas of ambiguity and establish a single United Way standard for the 990 form; whereas the IRS allows for several different approaches.
RUW Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Rappahannock United Way recognizes that structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression in our communities have contributed to racial disparities. These disparities have existed in the past and persist in the present. We acknowledge that such policies and practices have resulted in the marginalization of entire populations of people.
At the Rappahannock United Way, we, the staff and Board of Directors:
Envision a community where individuals and families achieve their potential through education, financial stability and healthy living;
Oppose all forms of prejudice, discrimination, antagonism or exclusion based on race, ethnicity or any human diversity that has historically constituted barriers to the open consideration of different points of view, perspectives and lived experiences;
Value the rights of each individual and the differences in people that make them unique. Such differences bring innovation, multiple approaches to problems and consideration of different points of view, which bring better outcomes for the communities we serve;
Embrace the power of diversity by being an organization with a wide range of human differences. This includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious value systems, national origin, personal life experiences, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, educational achievements and political beliefs;
Strive to mirror the makeup of the community in both our staff and Board of Directors;
Implement strategies to integrate diversity and inclusion into all systems, policies, practices, behaviors and partnerships of the organization;
Enrich our community by maintaining a culture of inclusion and respect for each other to reach common goals and outcomes, thus ensuring the overall success of our community.
Rappahannock United Way:
- Is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Recognizes that healthy diversity means diverse points of view and thus listens carefully and values all opinions and eliminates unnecessary barriers to success
- Refuses to engage in or tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment of or by RUW employees or volunteers.
RUW Statement Of Position On Harassment
At Rappahannock United Way, we have no tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind. Our mission is to “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.”
Our focus is serving the Greater Fredericksburg Area and to build a community that is hopeful, resilient and self-sufficient. We do this by working alongside community partners to ensure more equitable access to opportunities for all.
Rappahannock United Way is one of nearly 1,800 locally-run member organizations of United Way Worldwide and is an independent 501(c)(3) with our own governance structure. We are a separate and independent organization that is governed by a local board of volunteer directors, who have ultimate authority over our United Way.
Rappahannock United Way has a written policy in the Human Resources Employee Handbook that states the organization’s intolerance of any form of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Our sexual harassment guidelines are based on rules and procedures established by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
We require employees to adhere to the organization’s Code of Ethics and have procedures in place to respond to any conduct that is outside of that scope of behavior. In light of allegations of harassment at United Way Worldwide, we are working to ensure those policies and procedures are acknowledged by all staff and regularly updated as necessary.
We have received the following statement from UWW, which has indicated these allegations are currently under a third-party investigation. We have no additional details to add at this time.
In 2003, United Way Worldwide implemented membership standards that help local United Ways to measure success, set high standards for themselves and their local partners, and enhance accountability and transparency. RUW must demonstrate our adherence to these requirements on an annual basis.
Rappahannock United Way is in compliance with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Patriot Act and other counter terrorism laws. Affirmative action is taken to prevent financial, technical, in-kind or other resources from inadvertently being used for illegal acts and terrorist activities.