Victoria County United Way meets national membership requirements

Aug. 19, 2010 at 3:19 a.m.

The Victoria County United Way has successfully completed all of United Way's national membership requirements, said Clifford Grimes, executive director.

The annual certification process includes completing the membership requirements certification, membership investment to support the national office, and a survey of total resources generated. Over and above the annual requirements, the Victoria County United Way completed a mandatory organizational self-assessment in 2009 as part of this process.

"The membership requirements must be certified annually in order for us to remain a member of United Way," Grimes said. "It is important for us to maintain high standards of accountability, and this is part of the process to confirm that our operations are transparent and meet or exceed United Way membership requirements."

The board of Victoria County United Way reviewed and approved the membership requirements certification on April 26. The certification mandates completion of 13 requirements for United Way membership along with verification of the status of 61 indicators that a United Way demonstrates the intent of the membership requirements, such as conflict of interest policies, a minimum of quarterly board meetings.

"All United Ways must meet the highest standards and verify on paper that they have conformed to the requirements of membership in the United Way system," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way. "We applaud Victoria County United Way's commitment to accountability and, importantly, their continued efforts to support work in their community which improves lives and advances the common good for all people."

As an integral part of Victoria, DeWitt and Lavaca counties, Victoria County United Way improves lives by working to advance the common good of the communities it serves by focusing on education, income and health through the programs and services provided by 19 partner agencies.

Victoria County United Way is part of a worldwide network in 30 countries and territories, including 1,259 local organizations in the United States. Each local United Way must complete United Way's requirements annually to retain its United Way membership.



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