2021 Agency Certification Application
The application for 2021-2022 United Way California Capital Region (UWCCR) certification is now open for local nonprofits. The deadline for 2021-2022 United Way certification is February 5, 2021.
To be considered as a certified agency with UWCCR, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a valid 501(c)3 nonprofit with at least two years of financial records. Go here to check your status.
- Be in good standing with the California State Registry of Charitable Trusts to operate or solicit for charitable purposes in California. An unregistered charity or a registered charity that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing. (Gov. Code, § 12599.6, subd. (f)(1); Cal. Code Regs., tit 11, § 999.9.4). Go here to check your status.
- Provide health or human service activities/programs in United Way’s catchment area: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.
A charity that is not in compliance with the registration and reporting requirements listed above, your organization will not be certified. United Way will also review the financial health of an organization as part of the review process.
BENEFITS TO BEING A UNITED WAY CALIFORNIA CAPITAL REGION PARTNER AGENCY
United Way California Capital Region strives to offer nonprofit partner organizations maximum value for participation in our network. This quick start guide is intended to help you understand all that United Way benefits and requirements.
United Way California Capital Region nonprofit partners must meet a strict set of eligibility criteria annually. This provides assurance to our donors, sponsors and supporters that United Way’s nonprofit partner organizations meet the highest standards of financial transparency and accountability. All United Way California Capital Region partners are locally-based, 501c(3) nonprofit organizations with at least two years of financial records, providing health or human service activities/programs in United Way’s 5 county region: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.
You must also be in good standing with the California State Registry of Charitable Trusts to operate or solicit for charitable purposes in California. An unregistered charity or a registered charity that is delinquent, suspended or revoked is not in good standing. (Gov. Code, § 12599.6, subd. (f)(1); Cal. Code Regs., tit 11, § 999.9.4). Go here to check your status.
Our campaign/partnership year runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and the application process begins in December. This annual renewal requirement aligns with the application timeline of the State Employees Charitable Campaign, Our Promise Campaign. With over 280,000 employees this is one of the largest employee giving campaigns in California and the United States.
By applying for United Way, you will not need to submit an application for the Our Promise Charitable Campaign.
As a nonprofit partner of United Way California Capital Region, you have access to funding opportunities, resources for outreach and promotion, and learning opportunities to help you support your mission, garner new advocates and increase your effectiveness in our community.
Partnering with United Way California Capital Region gives your nonprofit access to funding through workplace giving campaigns.
We facilitate workplace campaigns all around the region. Through these campaigns, state, municipal and corporate employees have the opportunity to designate their payroll-deducted donations to nonprofit organizations of their choosing. Workplace fundraising can be an important piece of an organization’s overall fund development strategy.
Workplace giving provides unrestricted funds. We raise millions of dollars each year for our partners through our workplace campaigns, where donors are able to designate their payroll-deducted contributions directly to individual nonprofit organizations.
Locally, United Way works with 300+ companies helping their employees participate in philanthropy through their workplace campaigns, volunteer opportunities, and outreach. If your organization’s application for partnership is accepted, our experienced team will then work to include you in those campaigns.
Our Promise, California State Employee Campaign
If you meet all eligibility requirements, United Way will apply on your behalf to the Our Promise Campaign, an annual workplace giving campaign among more than 280,000 employees who donate millions of dollars each year to nonprofits.
OUTREACH AND PROMOTION
We provide resources and opportunities for promotion and outreach to help spread the message about the good work of your organization, engage potential donors and recruit volunteers. Also, you are encouraged to utilize the United Way brand, which is one of the most recognized nonprofit brands in the world.
Nonprofit Outreach Program
Speaking to potential supporters is one of the best ways to advance your mission in our community. United Way provides opportunities for our partners to do just that. Our corporate community partners and the state workplaces are interested in hearing directly from our partner nonprofit organizations. In addition to speaking engagements, nonprofit fairs also take place during the campaign season and provide you the opportunity to speak one-on-one with potential donors about the great work you do.
Volunteer Placement & Partner Tours
Through an online volunteer center, United Way organizes volunteer opportunities for different groups, including employees at workplace campaign sites, leadership donors and other groups. This program connects willing community partners with volunteer opportunities at your organization and is a great way to cultivate supporters and advocates for your mission.
Social media is a great way to stay connected and is a key part of how we communicate and engage with our supporters and community partners. Our nonprofit partners are encouraged to share their activities, successes and events with us. Interact with us often and share what’s going on with your organization, and we’ll be able to amplify your stories. United Way is committed to sharing news with our supporters; therefore, we ask for your help in sharing our news with the people in your social networks as well.
As a certified partner with United Way, your nonprofit listing is featured on our website and the Our Promise CA State Employees Campaign website. Your information is also listed on materials that are distributed to thousands of donors through our workplace campaigns.
Impact Story Submission
Send us your stories about how you have changed lives in the community. The most compelling cases for charitable giving demonstrate real transformations in people’s lives. Show us how your organization has improved people’s lives. Your stories will be shared through United Way’s owned media channels including our website and social media giving your organization additional exposure. To submit a story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners have the opportunity to participate in community events powered by United Way.
Applying the age-old adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, United Way facilitates collaborative Community Impact events throughout the capital region to address specific needs around our key impact areas of education, financial stability, and health. By pooling resources and expertise from our partners and other key community partners, we can all make a greater difference.
Use of the United Way California Capital Region Brand
Tell the community that you are a “Proud Partner” of one of the most valued brands in the world. The “Proud Partner” logo could be displayed on all of the following items and be clearly visible:
- Brochures and promotional materials
- Entrance to all facilities