Financial Accountability

Making an Impact in Routt County

Every dollar donated to Routt County United Way stays in Routt County. Routt County United Way invests in the best programs in the Hayden, Oak Creek, Yampa, Stagecoach, Clark, and Steamboat communities to support people throughout the circle of life.

Through grants to our partners and United Way programs, your contribution impacts Routt County in four goal areas:

  • 39% School Readiness/Early Childhood Education for our children
  • 33% Youth Success/At-risk youth
  • 7% Healthy & Crisis Services
  • 21% Financial Stability

Trained staff and volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, make on-site visits, study issues and make investment decisions.

Making the most of each donated dollar

In the 2016-17 fiscal year, 91 cents of every dollar donated went directly to the agencies, programs and events that impact your neighbors’ lives.

During the same period, 7 cents of every dollar was used for fundraising and campaigns, 2 cents was used for administrative purposes.

Routt County United Way surpasses virtually every standard, including the Better Business Bureau’s 35% overhead recommendations.

What are United Way’s overhead and administrative costs?

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the nearly 1,800 local United Ways in 40 countries around the globe. UW Worldwide’s work is supported by the 1% membership fee paid by United Way’s local donors support work in our community through Routt County United Way. We are a separately incorporated non-profit with our own CEO and Boards of Directors.

Overhead rates vary at local United Ways.  The overall United Way system’s administration/overhead rate in the U.S. of 13.8% remains extremely competitive with the top 100 nonprofits in the U.S., and is well below industry standards and recommendations (such as the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance at 35% and the Office of Personnel Management/OPM at 25%). Moreover, United Way helps dozens of other non-profits maintain low overhead rates.

RCUW budgeted overhead & fundraising rate for 2016 was 10%.

Detailed financial reports

2017 Allocations Overview:



Tutoring & School Readiness, Integrated Community $14,500

School Readiness (ages 0-5) addresses the linguistic, cultural and systemic barriers that are prevalent among immigrant youth and families as they prepare for school and/or achieve a cognitive level to their peers.

Newborn Network, Family Development Center $4,000

Program support for Newborn Network’s Parents as Teachers (PAT). PAT is a proven parent education model featuring intimate, in-home visits with parents and children. The evidence-based home visiting and parent engagement tools demonstreate successful results in the school readiness, literacy, health and development of young children.

Early Childhood Care and Education Tuition Assistance Program, “First Impressions” of Routt County $80,189

Scholarships for the First Impressions Tuition Asssitance Program which is targeted to provide low income families with children birth to five access to quality early learning environments. Includes funding for School Readiness calendar available in English and Spanish.

Extended Day Preschool, Hayden Valley Preschool $5,000

Extended day classroom Monday through Thursday.


Club Buddies, Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, $10,000

Expansion of Club Buddies program, offered to at-risk members for increased support for homework help, new opportunities in the Club, or specific support around a desired outcome.

Reading on Ranches Camp Scholarship Program, Book Trails, Inc. $2,500

Provide literacy education scholarships to at-risk children to attend the Reading on ranches program.

Elementary In-School Service, Mind Springs Health $8,000

Provide clinical staff to elementary school aged children in all three school , giving the opportunity to engage high risk students in treatment before they experience more serious issues in the family, school, and social settings, districts

Teen Council, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition $2,000

Teen Council make an impact for youth in the community through reducing antisocial norms and creating community awreness through alternative activities, fundraisers and volunteering.

Youth Resiliency, Northwest Colorado Health $10,000

Addresses the feelings of grief and loss that youth experience through small groups and classroom presentations. Offers support and teaches effective ways to express feelings associated with grief as it relates to death of a loved one, divorce, illness, abandonment, addiction, homelessness and disconnection from family

Community Based Mentoring Program, Partners in Routt County $10,500

Serves yout, ages six to 17 that are victims of abuse or neglect, familial incarceration, substance abuse,and other defined criteria.

School Based Mentoring, Partners in Routt County $4,000

Places screened, trained, and supervised mentors in selected Routt County schools. The mentors provide guidance, support and tutoring to high risk youth

Teen Health Project, Planned Parenthood $4,000

Provide sexual health education to the three school districts

Youth Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps $7,500

Increase access to model programs for local youth that provides education, and experience in citizenship,volunteerisnm, community service and self-development.

Oak Creek School Age Child Care Center, South Routt Recreation Association $11,000

Licensed school age child care for ages 5 to 12 Summer Day Camp and After School Care/ Full Friday programming.

After school programs and summer camp, Totally Kids, Inc. $11,000

After school programming and summer camp for at-risk youth.

The Hub, Hayden Youth Connection $2,000

Middle school and high school youth programming at a safe place with activities that improve self concept of at -risk youth

Social Cognition Therapy Program, Yampa Valley Autism $3,500

Program for children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to engage in therapy. Social cognition is the ability to perceive the emotions and intentions of others.

South Routt Parent Empowerment Program, Routt County Youth Service Coalition $1,000

The parenting workshops will allow parents/caregivers the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and tools needed to help turn the challenges of raising tweens/teens into opportunities for growth and empowerment

Hayden After Prom, Hayden School District $500

The after prom party provides a safe, fun and engaging environment for our students free from alcohol, drugs and potentially poor choices.

South Routt After Prom, South Routt School District $500

The after prom party provides a safe, fun and engaging environment for our students free from alcohol, drugs and potentially poor choices.

Steamboat After Prom, Steamboat Springs School District $500

The after prom party provides a safe, fun and engaging environment for our students free from alcohol, drugs and potentially poor choices.


Senior Nutrition Program, Routt County Council on Aging $7,500

Provides Congregate meals, meals on wheels, nutrition education and counseling and transportation to meal sites.

Routt to Work, Department of Human Services – LiftUp of Routt County – Routt County United Way Collaboration $10,000

Routt to Work envisions a connected, vibrant, healthy, and productive community. Routt to Work has the following mission: Engages the community to empower low-income residents working to achieve their goals of increased stability and a better life.

Girls to Women Conference, New Frontiers for Girls and Women

Program for 8th grade girls In Routt County that offers information on careers, education, skill advancement, personal finance,life-work-health balance, fitness and well being.


Outreach & Shelter Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities $14,000

Direct services for outreach clients and shelter clients to address intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and teen dating violence in Routt County

Emergency Assistance and Food Bank Programs, LiftUp of Routt County $11,000

Food, housing, healthcare, transient, transitional Housing and Uitltiy assistance.

Crisis transportation services, Mind Springs Health $12,000

Safe crisis transportation for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization patients outside our community, primarily at West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction.

Home Health, Northwest Colorado Health $5,000

Home health provides skilled nursing and other care in the comfort and security of patient’s homes for treatment of illness or injury.

Integrated Oral Health Services, Northwest Colorado Health $4,000

Preventative dental care for uninsured, underinsured, and patients with Medicaid.

Clients in need, Planned Parenthood $5,000

Provide low or no-cost reproductive health services for teens and young adults up to age 26

It Takes Courage, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide $5,000

Programs that are hands-on, face-to-face training that include a full range of teaching methodologies to counter bullyings, uses voice suicidal ideas or show signs of suicide

Choose When, Northwest Colorado Health $500

Supply long-acting reversible birth control (LARC) to women in Northwest Colorado wjo cannot otherwise afford it.