Better Business Bureau Report for
United Way of McHenry County, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2016

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: United Way of McHenry County, Inc.
Address: 4508 Prime Pkwy.
  McHenry, IL 60050
Phone: 815-363-1377
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Crystal Lake United Fund, Inc.
United Way of Crystal Lake, Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: United Way of McHenry County's purpose is to enhance the quality of life for those in need in local communities by facilitating access to resources.

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Evaluation Conclusions


United Way of McHenry County, Inc. does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 6: Board Policy on Effectiveness - Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

United Way of McHenry County, Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

  • Its effectiveness assessment policy does not specify that this assessment will take place at least once every two years.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

United Way of McHenry County, Inc. does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Was not produced for the current fiscal year.

Standard 18: Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy - Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

United Way of McHenry County, Inc. does not meet this Standard because:

United Way of McHenry County, Inc. does not meet this Standard because the privacy policy on this website, does not indicate:

  • What personal information is being collected and how it will be used.
  • How to contact the charity to review personal information that is collected and request corrections.
  • How to inform the charity that the visitor does not want his/her information shared with others.
  • What security measures are in place to protect personal information that is collected.
In addition, the BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and solicitation materials and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 6Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 15.
United Way of McHenry County, Inc. meets the remaining 11 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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United Way of McHenry County raises contributions to help fund 48 local health and human service programs provided by our 24 partner agencies. Last year more than 78,000 local residents received a service from one of these agencies. That makes for more than one in every four residents in the area received a service.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, United Way of McHenry County, Inc.'s program expenses were:

allocation to Social Service Agencies 1,058,628
2-1-1 Project 67,589
Allocations and Agency Relations 32,544
Total Program Expenses: $1,158,761
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Chief Executive : no paid staff, n/a

Chair of the Board:
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:

Board Size:

Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, print advertisements, radio, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,331,193, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on United Way of McHenry County, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Annual Campaign 1,331,193
Miscellaneous Revenue 10,808
Income from Investments 10
Total Income $1,342,011


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,342,011
Program expenses $1,158,761
Fund raising expenses 151,238
Administrative expenses 110,745
Total expenses $1,420,744
Expenses in Excess of Income (78,733)
Beginning net assets 1,001,939
Ending net assets 923,206
Total liabilities 75,265
Total assets $998,471

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