The Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York has named The United Way of NNY an "accredited charity," making the United Way the only nonprofit in the three-county region to hold this designation.
The United Way completed requirements involving financial disclosures and public transparency, and exceeded the BBB’s 65 percent threshold for the amount of money it gives away in grants and donor designations compared to what it takes in.
"We review charities against standards that address finances, effective reporting, honesty in fundraising appeals, donor privacy and governance," said Kelsey Rebmann, Upstate BBB’s Community Programs Coordinator. "The process gives charities an opportunity to showcase transparency and their dedication to ethical practices. Donors want to feel confident that their money is going to a worthy cause; BBB helps nonprofits earn donors’ trust."
The accreditation report is available at http://bit.ly/BBBUWNNY
"We are proud to lead the way in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties in gaining this accreditation," said Robert D. Gorman, CEO of the United Way of NNY. "We believe the boards of directors of every NNY nonprofit should also submit their agencies to this same level of outside scrutiny as well."
Gorman credited Clement Wong, who was hired a year ago as the United Way of NNY’s accountant, and the auditing firm Bowers & Co., with providing the necessary financial information that helped the United Way secure the accreditation.