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Dear Friends:

As we reflect on another year, we realize our mission—to spark breakthrough community action that elevates children and families toward brighter futures— is more important than ever.

Opportunity is not a given in our region. Many San Diego families struggle to meet basic needs, like food and shelter, even with two parents working full time. We know that when parents struggle, children struggle. And that’s where United Way steps in, as we have for nearly a century, a positive driving force for children and families in our community.

Whether it’s using our attendance and reading intervention programs to increase opportunity and help all children succeed in school and life, or supporting families in need by providing emergency food, housing, and transportation assistance, our goal is the same: we disrupt cycles of poverty by tackling issues of inequity. And with the help of our donors, our community partners, our volunteers, and our friends like you, we change the odds for children and families in our region. These pages reflect that effort and the work we accomplished last year.

Thank you wholeheartedly for being part of this effort and for your continued support as we move forward into a brighter future.

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Bob Beatty  
Interim President & CEO  
United Way of San Diego County

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MISSION

To spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future.

VISION

United Way envisions a vibrant community built on opportunity for everyone.

REVENUE, GAINS, & OTHER SUPPORT


 

EXPENSES

OUR INVESTMENT, OUR IMPACT

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116,698

Community Members Reached

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993

Businesses & Partners Engaged

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168

Schools Connected

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30,000

Donors Involved

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Top Corporate Partners (based on direct donation to United Way)

HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS

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Nearly 50% of households with children in San Diego struggle to make ends meet. 


 

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  • 2,193 families received food, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, and other emergency services.
  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Distribution163,000 pounds of food received.
  • Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC)—Over $35M in Federal and State refunds and over $15M in EITC refunds. Refunds filed for over 31,000 households.
  • Holiday Food & Toy Distribution—An additional 399 families received a holiday meal that served 5 family members.
  • Referrals to 2-1-1 and other community-based resources allowed families to invest  directly toward their own needs, paving the way to future stability.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

  • Chronic absenteeism is a key predictor of dropping out of high school. Students who are chronically absent in the early grades are 4X less likely to read at grade level.
  • Our attendance intervention, Every Student Everyday, supports the students who miss the most school by identifying needs and connecting them to resources.
  • School-wide messaging to increase attendance reached more than 4,500 students and families.
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Participating students attended an average of 2 weeks more of school, resulting in San Diego Unified School district recouping nearly $29,000 in average daily attendance funding.


 

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READING AT GRADE-LEVEL LEADS TO
BETTER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

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For many lower-income students, the skills and knowledge learned during the year are lost over the summer. Students can fall up to two months behind by the time they return in the fall.

Readers in the Heights summer reading intervention provided learning and enrichment experiences for 277 students in City Heights over summer break.

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85% of students maintained or improved reading scores after nearly 10,000 hours of learning, or 36 hours per child.

STUDENTS PURSUING THEIR FUTURES

A strong pipeline of talent is critical to San Diego’s future economic success. By working with K-12 school districts, community college districts, industry partners, and non-profits, we’re feeding that pipeline by creating career pathways to show teens the kinds of jobs that are possible.

  • 3,556 work-based learning opportunities — classroom speakers, company tours, mentorships, internships — in 2015-16

  • 16,000 work-based learning opportunities were provided to students across the county in 2016-17 

  • 125 employers have opened doors to students (up from 60 last year)
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WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a powerful network of women across all sectors who want to create authentic connections and make a positive impact in San Diego County. With bold goals for changing the lives of women, children, and families, the WLC brings women together through engaged philanthropy. They create networks for their businesses, careers, social lives, and the community.

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“Supporting each other through professional development and purposeful networking, we solve problems and share United Way’s work to build camaraderie with other members from all sectors.”

—Sarah Thompson, WLC Chair

EMERGING LEADERS COUNCIL

The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is a network of young professional community leaders representing nearly all industries in San Diego County. Members are given monthly opportunities to develop business acumen and leadership skills all while building a strong, cross-industry network. 

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“I’ve learned a lot from the ELC professional development workshops, but what I love most about UWSD is their child literacy programs. If I can help a child learn to read, they will do better in school and have more opportunities.”

—Reana Shaw, Member & incoming Chair

TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY

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Created in 1984 by the late James F. Mulvaney to recognize philanthropic leaders, Tocqueville Society membership is granted to individuals who give at least $10,000 annually to United Way. Leading San Diegans committed to improving lives, members play a vital role in developing the leadership and resources that help United Way have the greatest impact in our community.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard Barrera
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 135

Laurie Berman
California Dept. of Transportation

Steve Bernstein
Wells Fargo Bank

Megan Blair
San Diego Public Library Foundation

Lindsay Burningham
San Diego Education Association (SDEA)

Dave Carothers 
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger, LLP

Lorraine Collins
San Diego Community College District

Ignacio De La Torre
AT&T – External Affairs

Regina V. Evans
Community Volunteer

Alexis S. Gutierrez, Esq.
Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

Wendy Hunter, MD
Rady Children’s Hospital

H. Gilbert Johnson
Procurement Concepts, Inc.

Tom Lemmon
SD Co. Bldg. & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO

Kathy Mock 
Solar Turbines

Dr. Richard Pattenaude 
Ashford University

Kian Saneii 
Independa, Inc.

Megan Thomas 
San Diego Grantmakers

Rachel Williams
Dexcom

(July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017)

VOLUNTEERS

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508 dedicated volunteers donated nearly 2,810 hours by serving on boards and committees and participating in volunteer projects like reading to children in classrooms and sorting and distributing food, painting and improving school and library spaces and more. The value of our volunteers' collective labor equals $67,839. 

 

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OUR BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

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In May 2017, United Way raised $200,000 at its Changing the Odds Community Breakfast, with 700 community partners, local businesses, and allies attending. Our Women’s Leadership Council awarded 7 scholarships to high school seniors, totaling $10,000. More than 27 local companies supported the breakfast, where keynote speaker Liz Murray shared her journey from homeless teen to Harvard graduate. She stressed the importance of education and community intervention to help youth like her succeed and thrive.


 

Our longtime partner and Community Breakfast Champion Sponsor, Solar Turbines, led the charge to support our efforts on behalf of local children and families.

Solar Turbines and United Way have a shared value of supporting sustainability through education. We were proud to support the event and to see what kids can accomplish through our donations and support.

—Matt Sager, Vice President Global Human Resources Solar Turbines, Incorporated

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