According to data released this week by United Way Worldwide, the United Way of Northeast Mississippi (United Way NEMS) now ranks within the top 20% of United Way organizations in the nation based on dollars raised.
With over $2.6 million in revenue received in 2017, United Way NEMS also held its place as the largest United Way within the state of Mississippi.
“Once again, the people of our local communities have proven that Mississippi—and especially Northeast Mississippi—is a giving, caring region,” said Melinda Tidwell, president of United Way NEMS. “For a small United Way serving a mostly rural area, to be in the top 20% of United Ways nationwide is a real accomplishment. Our donors and volunteers should be proud.”
The U.S. is home to 1,198 local United Ways, each of which operates independently and autonomously. United Way Worldwide collects information from local United Ways and distributes that data in a public report that details dollars raised through the annual campaign, grants, sponsorships, special events and other sources.
Money raised by United Way NEMS remains in its local coverage area of Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo and Union counties, unless otherwise specified by the donor. United Way NEMS allocated funds to 64 nonprofit organizations serving those seven counties earlier in 2018.
United Way NEMS is currently undergoing a transition to the Community Impact model, a change that Tidwell believes will help United Way NEMS continue to grow.
“Our donors, especially corporate donors, are looking to see more data and direct impact as a result of their investments. Providing that outcome data will help people see exactly how their gift made a change for an individual or a community,” Tidwell said. “Connecting the dots between gift and impact inspires more people to give or to give even more.”
As part of the transition to Community Impact, United Way NEMS is asking people in the local community to answer some questions about their communities by going to www.giveyour2cents.org and taking a short survey.