Characteristics: Non-profit Organization and United Way

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Characteristics and Environments of a Human Service Organization Paper All collaborating agencies provide support in the areas of health and human services. Most of them offer several programs, but United Way supplies funds to the areas of education, income, and health. This paper will include the organization’s mission and vision, how the organization governs itself, the various roles in the organization, who the key stake holders are in the organization, what community collaborations and marketing tools are used, and what environmental trends the organization is facing. Thus a brief overview of the establishment of the United Way. In 1987 with the help of a priest, two ministers, a rabbi and a local Denver woman acknowledged the need to address their city’s welfare problems. “Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads together to plan the first united campaign for 10 health and welfare agencies” ("United Live", 2011). Together they brought about an organization to act as an instrument to gather funds for local charities, as well as to generate relief services, guide and direct clients to cooperating agencies. The united way also made it possible to create emergency assistance grants for those in need. “That year, Denver raised $21,700, created a movement that would spread throughout the country to become the United Way. Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives” ("United Live", 2011). The organization’s mission: “United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good” ("United Live", 2011). Their vision is to produce a world where every human being can achieve their individual potential through proper education, having a stable income and living a healthy life. In 2008, the United Way set forth a program...