Sherburne County Area United Way

Mission Statement

To unite people and resources to impact lives in the Sherburne County area

Contact Information

231 Main Street NW, Ste B
Elk River, MN 55330

General Information

Alternative Name
Caring Rivers United Way was our old name. We have had our new name for about four years.
Principal Staff
Joy Nadeau
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
Number of Clients
Directly we serve 173, but with our funded agencies we serve over 11,000.


Board Chair
Leanne Miller
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

We ensure that all activities that we do fall under the three impact areas of education, income and health. We have bolstered our brand in the community through building relationships in the majority of service areas that we cover, by being at the table with community leaders focused on community needs, and by extensive social media. This past year we have been able to increase the amount of funding that we have given to local nonprofits compared to years past. As of 2008, our funding was down, but we have consistently worked to improve our numbers with the intent to keep our member agencies strong. We have become more “talent” based when we seek board volunteers and volunteers for our committees. We continue to seek engaged board members. Regarding our iEmpower Youth Program, last year we actively set up measurement tools to help us to identify success in our program. This is what we realized as a result: In 2013-2014, we had more than 100 youth in grades K-12 participate in the 26 week program. These youth were overly satisfied with the program (according to our survey). They also indicated that: • 88% Get along well with others • 96% Have a good relationship with most adults in their life • 100% Have a positive relationship with adults at school • 92% Talk about school in a positive way most of the time • 96% Are good friends to others • 75% Have plenty of positive friendships
Current Goals
1: Engage and align with the community by creating and deepening relationships with individuals and institutions. 2: Strengthen SCAUW impact in the community through increased funding and provision of resources. 3: Enhance SCAUW’s culture through active and engaged board Members and volunteers. 4: Ensure SCAUW’s brand and story reinforce the mission and vision of the organization.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve people birth to senior age through the nonprofits that we help to fund. We directly serve all ages who are at risk of being homeless through our Project Homeless Connect event. We also serve K-Middle School youth through our iEmpower Youth Program.
Geographic Area Served
We serve six cities - Big Lake, Elk River, Otsego, Princeton, Santiago, and Zimmerman


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $219,826 84.6%
Management $31,663 12.2%
Fundraising $8,437 3.2%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $43,281 $45,923 $92,315
Beginning of Year: $45,923 $92,315 $94,678
Difference: ($2,642) ($46,392) ($2,363)

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