Frequently Asked Questions



  • What will United Way of Nevada County do with the money raised?

    United Way of Nevada County (UWNC) raises money for the Community Impact Fund. This fund is then directed to the most critical needs in Nevada County. Community needs are reviewed on an annual basis. Currently UWNC is focused on the BASIC NEEDS of:
    1. FOOD
    2. EMERGENCY SHELTER
    3. ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
    Chances are that some of your employees, neighbors, friends, or family have benefited either directly or indirectly from one or more of the programs provided by one of our partner agencies. They may participate in the Big Brother/Big Sister program or may have called Gold Country Community Services to find services for a neighbor in need.

  • Does the money stay in this community?

    Absolutely!  The only money that leaves our county is any money you designate to a non-profit outside the community. United Way of Nevada County pays approximately $100 a month (1% per year) to United Way of America for their services. But, all the money raised in Nevada County STAYS in Nevada County.

  • How many employees does United Way of Nevada County have?

    United Way of Nevada County has 1 full time Executive Director, Megan Timpany, and up to two part time staff members working 12 & 15 hours per week. We rely heavily on volunteers to accomplish our mission. Volunteers put in countless hours as our Board of Directors, serving on committees, participating in community Citizens Review Teams of our member agencies, planning events and doing general office work.

  • What has United Way of Nevada County accomplished?

    United Way of Nevada County provides funds to our member agencies through the Community Impact Fund and directs funds to non-profits specifically designated by donors.

  • How does United Way of Nevada County allocate money raised?

    A Citizen Review Team (CRT) visits each of the member agencies then meets to review each agency's application for funds and share the findings from their visit. The application includes program objectives and outcomes, financial reports, fundraising sources, agency management practices, agency fiscal management and effectiveness of services delivered. In addition, each agency is audited by the UWNC Executive Director and key members of the Board of Directors. The CRTs make a recommendation on how much to allocate to each agency visited to the Executive Director and members of the Board, who then use this information and the results of their own audit to make the final decision on the allocations. This is done on an annual basis.

  • Why now? Why the United Way?

    Because of current economic issues, the services our partner agencies provide to our communities are more critical than ever. We act in coordination with our agencies to provide them with the much-needed efficiency of a payroll giving campaign at places of work in order to off-load some of the burden of fund raising so they can continue to focus more of their time and energy on providing those services.

    United Way of Nevada County is also in a position to provide leadership and collaboration around the big issues and concerns of our community. We are taking this leadership role on in the areas of education, income and health, and not just through fund raising. We coordinate volunteer activities, such as the Day of Action and YouthCANDO, and promote collaboration among the non-profits in Nevada County.