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United Way of Central Indiana Makes a Difference in the Community

United-Way.jpgOk, I am not going to deny it. I am a fortunate fellow. I come to work every day knowing we are helping our clients improve their processes and reach their goals. And the best part is they make us proud. So, I’d like to recognize them.

Today I want to talk about United Way of Central Indiana, the Indianapolis local chapter of United Way Worldwide.

In case you are not familiar with them, United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for a network of local United Ways in about 1,800 communities in more than 40 countries. These local United Ways are independent entities—separately incorporated non-profits with their own structure.

Our client—United Way of Central Indiana—maximizes its resources to run programs in six counties in and around Indianapolis, IN. They help more than 275,000 children participate in youth development programs and provide wellness screenings to more than 44,000 people. With United Way’s help, more than 23,000 households were approved for Employee Assistance Programs. And that’s just a start.

I’ve known about United Way for some time, but until we started discussing using Intacct as their accounting solution I was completely unaware of the scale of their operation. Lynn Auffart, director of finance of United Way of Central Indiana says this about their mission:

We have four basic initiatives covering health, basic needs, education and income. Our goal is to do a continuum to make sure they [the people we help] are able to maintain themselves going forward.”  

To accomplish its mission, this United Way works very hard year-round to raise almost $70 million a year from more than 55,000 donors. But they are not alone, there are more than 12,000 volunteers the agency places each year to work in the student tutoring programs, serving and delivering meals to families, and assisting the community in many other ways.

And boy, they do. There are so many heart-melting success stories of people they help. Too many to mention here. But here are some I really want to share.

There is the story of DeMark Jenkins who as a kid lost his father to a heart attack. DeMark’s mother struggled to raise her children and keep them out of trouble in a complicated neighborhood. Thanks to his mom’s love and efforts and to United Way’s Boys and Girls Club, today DeMark is a good man who gives back to the community as an Associate of Corporate Engagement to United Way of Central Indiana.

There is also the story of Natalia who not only learned to read, but also obtained confidence through United Way’s ReadUP program. Then there is Mike, a single parent of three who reached financial stability through the Center for Working Families and Layla who became a “sickle cell warrior” after receiving help from the Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative. And Ethel, a legally blind 93-year-old who lives on her own.  Ethel’s life was saved when she dialed 2-1-1, the United Way-supported call center, in the middle of the night and police and an ambulance were dispatched to her house while the 2-1-1 specialist kept talking to her on the phone.

Yes, there are so many amazing stories I could go on forever.

This is why we were very excited when United Way of Central Indiana decided to work with us to replace their old accounting system with Intacct. They went live on October 1, 2016 and here is what Lynn Auffart, Director of Finance says about Intacct and the migration:

“It’s intuitive and the implementation went very well.”

“[Being in the cloud] gives us a lot more flexibility … we’re in five surrounding counties each with their own office … everyone puts their on invoices into the system, they don’t have to be in the office to do that.”

“People from other departments are excited about Intacct’s ability to review their department finances and the ability to create dashboards”

At AcctTwo we have the experience and systems to help your nonprofit increase its efficiency to better serve the community. Contact us today and let us show you how.

Topics: Not-for-profit Industry non-profit United Way