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 the 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 Non-Profits.
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 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.
United Way Worldwide Response to Allegations
“United Way Worldwide takes all workplace issues and reports of misconduct very seriously. Any type of misconduct is met with zero tolerance and UWW has strong policies and procedures in place to report and address this type of behavior; including protections for those who lodge complaints about misconduct. We have engaged the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP to independently investigate allegations of misconduct and review our policies and procedures to ensure that they continue to support an inclusive, respectful and safe work environment. Due to the ongoing investigation and the confidential nature of the claims referenced, we cannot discuss the allegations further.”
While we are confident in our policies and procedures, these situations remind us of the importance of ensuring that staff and volunteers are always protected. We strive to maintain a supportive and respectful workplace environment, and we have strong procedures in place to report and address any types of misconduct; including protection for those who bring allegations of this behavior. Rappahannock United Way is committed to ensuring that our workplace remains a safe place for everyone.
For further information please contact:
Janel Donohue, President at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sarah Walsh, Chief Impact Officer at email@example.com
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.