United Way takes our role as a trusted community leader very seriously. As a result, we have a long tradition of adhering to very high standards of accountability and transparency.


Standards Summary United Way Suncoast agrees to participate in, and submit to United Way Worldwide, a community-driven self-assessment of its community impact, financial management, decision making, and organizational governance. These assessments are reviewed by United Way volunteers, professional leaders and outside experts in areas such as financial management, governance, and ethics. United Way reports full revenue and expense data to United Way Worldwide for third-party review. United Way submits our annual reports, IRS 990 forms, financial audits and codes of ethics to United Way Worldwide for third-party review.


These comprehensive upgrades to the standards will make United Way reporting practices more consistent across the country and help donors and the public better understand how United Ways are investing donor dollars wisely and efficiently to achieve community impact.


Each year, United Way engages the services of a certified public accounting firm to audit our financial records as well as prepare our IRS Form 990, the annual tax return for nonprofit organizations. Currently, the firm of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. serves as our auditors.


The Board of Directors of United Way has constituted and established an Audit & Ethics Committee. This committee has developed a Code of Ethics. The purpose of the Code is to describe standards of conduct and business ethics expected of the directors, officers, standing committee members, and employees of United Way Suncoast.

Directors, officers, standing committee members, and employees of United Way must strictly adhere to the letter and spirit of this Code and of all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the conduct of United Way’s business and must exercise high standards of integrity and sound ethical judgment.



Since our inception in 1924, our stakeholders have entrusted United Way Suncoast with their personal information. Whether you are a donor, a volunteer, an organization, or a community partner, protecting your privacy is at the heart of our Privacy Promise.

United Way employs policies, procedures and technology to protect the security and confidentiality of your personal, donor, and volunteer information in strict confidence. Access to confidential information is limited to those who need it to perform their jobs. We restrict access to our offices; require passwords to protect our network, applications, files, and databases; and maintain state-of-the-art virus detection software.

We use your information only for its intended business purpose; we do not sell, trade or give away your information to other organizations or individuals. We only allow access to your information to auditors and other third parties as mandated by regulatory requirements, and we only disclose your contact information, limited to name and address, to the ultimate recipient of any funds contributed by you via the donor choice program in order to allow the recipient agency to thank you for your gift.

Our privacy promise extends online to our website. Online donations and event registration information are transmitted via a secure server using the latest encryption technology, and our technology partner for online credit card processing is PCI-compliant.

If you choose to send us e-mail, we may retain the contents of your e-mail message, our reply, and your e-mail address as part of our ongoing customer service efforts. We reserve the right to contact you after you have contacted us and may send future e-mails and/or surveys to you about United Way. You may notify us via e-mail if you wish to discontinue electronic communication.

We keep your personal information as accurate, complete, and up- to-date as possible. We welcome updated information and corrections to incorrect data.

Upon request, you have the right to see the personal information about you that we collect and manage. A printout of such information will be sent to you after appropriate steps have been taken to verify your identity.

Upon request, we will remove your personal information from our databases, except where regulation requires our retention of it (for example, charitable giving history tied to income tax receipts).

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