United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Mission Statement

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

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In 2020-21, 50,500 people throughout our eight county service area were impacted by United Way of Southwest Minnesota's (UWSWMN) partner programs, internal initiatives and other partnerships. In 2020, not only did we provide funding through our normal grant processes, we also distributed funds through 3 separate grant rounds to local schools and programs in response to COVID-19.
Current Goals United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. Our programmatic goals include evaluating how we award funding for maximum local impact, evaluating our internal programs, adapting our processes for these programs to be more efficient in light of the pandemic and to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities to engage various members of our service area.
Community or Constituency Served We support programs focused on improving the health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being for people living in our service area.
Geographic Area Served Our services area includes people living in the following school district boundaries in southwest Minnesota: 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. These schools are within the Minnesota counties we serve of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood.

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Imagination Library Book Program:
School Emergency Funds:
Small Grants:
COVID-19 Response Fund Grants:
Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive:
Miscellaneous Internal Programs:
Community Impact Grants:
Designations to other United Ways:
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 05/13/2021

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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800 E Main Street; PO Box 41
Marshall, MN 56258
Phone: 507-929-2273

General Information

Alternative Name: Lyon County United Way
EIN: 41-6023143
Principal Staff: Sarah Kicmal
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 1.88
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 50,500
Ruling Year: 1962


Board Chair: Melanie Pedersen
Number of Board Members: 17
Board Meetings with Quorum: 13
Average Member Attendance: 14.2

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