United Way of Olmsted County, Inc.

Mission Statement

Uniting people and resources to improve people's lives in our community.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Last year, more than 43,000 neighbors were positively impacted by United Way of Olmsted County. This includes approximately 4,500 callers who connected with local resources through the 211 information and referral service, 4,200 Rochester students who attended a Full-Service Community School, 5,000 Olmsted County children who received free books each month through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and dozens of local residents who saved a total of $50,000 on prescription costs through our SingleCare program. Thousands more accessed essential services thanks in part to more than $1 million in grants to local nonprofit programs that support the health, education, and financial stability of people in our community.
Current Goals We continue to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities. This year, we anticipate that 3,000 students will getting a running start to school with a free backpack and school supplies; 500 people will get connected to volunteer opportunities with local nonprofits; 3,000 taxpayers will access the free VITA tax preparation services; and tens of thousands of neighbors will access critical basic services thanks to more than $1M of financial support to 30 local nonprofit programs.
Community or Constituency Served Low- to moderate-income individuals in our communities.
Geographic Area Served Dodge, Fillmore, Olmsted, and Winona Counties in Minnesota.

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 11/05/2023

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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903 W Center Street
Rochester, MN 55902
Phone: 507-287-2000

General Information

Alternative Name: United Way of Olmsted County, The United Way of Olmsted County, United Way of Dodge County, The United Way of Dodge County
EIN: 41-0695594
Principal Staff: Jerome Ferson
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 21
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 43,000
Ruling Year: 1963


Board Chair: Piper Nieters Su
Number of Board Members: 20
Board Meetings with Quorum: 13
Average Member Attendance: 18.3

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