United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Mission Statement

Uniting people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in Southwest Minnesota.

Contact Information

800 E Main Street
Marshall, MN 56258

General Information

Alternative Name
United Way of Lyon County, United Way of Marshall
Principal Staff
Marcy Heemeyer
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
Number of Clients
25000 between internal programs and community partner supported programs


Board Chair
Theresa M. Zaske
Number of Board Members
Board Meetings with Quorum
Average Member Attendance

Impact and Programs

In 2014-15, United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) helped more than 39,000 people receive necessary services through more than 30 quality community partner programs and 12 internal initiatives. UWSWMN's internal initiatives are focused on what it takes to have SuccessBy6; preparing children to be ready and successful when entering kindergarten. Approximately 14, 492 area children and families are being served through UWSWMN's SuccessBy6 efforts this year. UWSWMN grants dollars in five focus areas. They are Education, Income (financial stability), Health, Safety & Well-Being and Hunger. Together, United Way and the people of Southwest Minnesota are working to: * Help children and youth achieve their potential. * Increase and promote financial stability and independence. * Increase the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors. * Increase education, prevention and awareness so that people are supported and safe. * Increase access to food and nutritional awareness.
Current Goals
Goal A - equip the Board of Directors to be a high performing board in order to accomplish our goals. Goal B - Optimize Organizational Structure Goal C - Develop a system for setting realistic/growth campaign goals. Goal D - Establish and enforce an accountability system with partner agencies that will ensure reaching our 5 Goals for the Common Good. Goal E - Create a "communications plan" that will work with the complexities of our territory. Goal F - Position United Way of SW MN as the leader in early childhood literacy and school readiness throughout SW MN.
Community or Constituency Served
United Way of Southwest Minnesota serves people living in the following Counties in Minnesota: Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood. Our service area includes people living in the following school districts: Canby; Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd; Echo, Fulda; Hendricks; Ivanhoe; Lake Benton; Lakeview; Lynd; Marshall; Milroy; Minneota; Murray County Center; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton; Tracy Area; Westbrook-Walnut Grove; and Yellow Medicine East, including all private and charter schools.
Geographic Area Served
United Way of Southwest Minnesota serves people living in the following Minnesota school districts: Canby, Clarkfield, Dawson/Boyd, Echo, Fulda, Hendricks, Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Lakeview, Lynd, Marshall, Milroy, Minneota, Murray County Central, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, Tracy Area, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Yellow Medicine East (including all private and charter schools in those districts).


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $457,680 84.1%
Management $37,539 6.9%
Fundraising $49,143 9%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $236,464 $245,167 $201,662
Beginning of Year: $245,167 $201,662 $188,182
Difference: ($8,703) $43,505 $13,480

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