Pima County Taxpayers Fund United Way Fundraising

United Way Tucson 
Compensation of Leaders
(FYE 06/2015)
Tony Penn President, CEO $224,360
Mary Huerstel CFO $135,492
Lavonne Douville SR VP $102,660

On March 21, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a contract that provides $53,465.85 to United Way to cover costs associated with its effort to raise funds from Pima County employees. Supervisors Ally Miller and Steve Christy voted against the unusual arraignment.

According to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, the County has been funding the United Way’s fundraising effort since 2014. Including the most recent award, the County has awarded $233,910.23 to the United Way for fundraising. In return, the United Way agrees to:

Provide assistance in operating the 2017 Employee Combined Appeal Program (ECAP) Campaign by providing employee education, staff training, collection, distribution and accounting services for payroll donations from County employees for distribution to charitable organizations.

Contractor will organize the 2017 campaign, assist with the kick-off meeting, and the awards luncheon, provide ECAP posters, agency directories, training manuals and other promotional materials as needed for the campaign. Distribute the funds donated through payroll deductions to the charitable organizations as designated by each county employee.

In the Agenda Item Report, County staff claim that “Pima County residents will receive assistance from all charities/agencies that County employees contribute through cash contributions or through payroll deductions.

That claim is only true if a County employee specifically designates a charitable organization or agency that serves Pima County.

According to the United Way of Tucson’s 2014 990 form – the last 990 form currently posted on the organization’s website – monies generated in and by Pima County could end up supporting efforts in other Arizona counties, and in some cases, communities half-way across the country. Some of those organizations include:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94101 501(C)(3)

Animal Charities of America (ACA) is a federation of America’s finest national organizations working to protect and enhance the lives of all animals whether farm, domesticated or wild.

ACA offers donors a wide range of organizations dedicated to the sensibilities of animal lovers.

NEW YORK, NY 10022 501(C)(3)

Central Park is managed and maintained by Central Park Conservancy under contract with the City of New York. Central Park Conservancy is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

MADISON, NJ 07940 501(C)(3)

Drew University is a coeducational private university located in Madison, New Jersey, in the United States. Drew has been nicknamed the “University in the Forest” because of the serenity of its wooded 186-acre campus. Undergraduate tuition for the 2015–2016 academic year was $59,661 (excluding books, personal expenditures, and health insurance), making Drew among the most expensive universities in New Jersey.

$12,979, $6,065 EARTH SHARE CAMPAIGN
WASHINGTON , DC 20001 501(C)(3)

EarthShare partners with hundreds of corporate, federal and public workplaces across the country to give employees the chance to support a healthy environment one paycheck at a time.

POTTSTOWN, PA 19464 501(C)(3)

The Foundation for Pottstown Education supports, promotes, sponsors and carries out educational, scientific or charitable activities and objectives within or related to the Pottstown School District.

ST LOUIS, MO 63122 501(C)(3)

The Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help witness, proclaim, invite and engage the Gospel of life where we live in neighborhoods, where we minister in social service agencies, parishes, national offices, where we pray in churches, in parks, in homes, and where we celebrate the Divine Mystery with laughter, stories, and hope.

We serve as CEO’s of national not-for-profit organizations, as directors of programs in technical training schools, as pastoral associates, principals and teachers in Catholic parishes, as directors of food pantries and social service agencies, as hospital chaplains and hospice volunteers, as counsellors and pharmacy technicians, as receptionists and librarians, as directors of retreat centers and administrative assistants.

ATLANTA, GA 30301 501(C)(3)

Established in 1956, Global Impact provides organizations and donors with effective ways to give to causes, regions and crises throughout the world.

BUMPASS, VA 23024 501(C)(3)

The mission of Lake Anna Rescue, Inc. (LARI), shall be to deliver high quality prehospital emergency medical care and related services to any person in need of such care.

Today LARI has approximately 20 active members. EMT and ambulance driving classes are offered in hopes of recruiting more volunteers members. Administrative members are also needed as a support group. Fund raising, social activities and a Junior rescue squad are also part of the LARI experience.

[View 990 form here]

United Way Tucson  (FYE 06/2015)
Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,639,215
Federated Campaigns $0
Membership Dues $0
Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
 Government Grants $7,122,262
Total Contributions $15,761,477
   Program Service Revenue $471,683
Total Primary Revenue $16,233,160
   Other Revenue $72,217
TOTAL REVENUE $16,305,377
   Program Expenses $13,698,679
   Administrative Expenses $726,776
   Fundraising Expenses $994,702
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $885,220
Net Assets $8,258,444
Contributions Breakdown (FYE 06/2015)
Source Dollars
Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,639,215
Government Grants $7,122,262
Expenses Breakdown (FYE 06/2015)
Expense Dollars
Program $13,698,679
Administrative $726,776
Fundraising $994,702
Year | Program Expenses Primary Revenue
2011 | $14,771,788 $17,163,348
2012 | $16,495,836 $19,236,142
2013 | $14,823,885 $17,939,126
2014 | $13,752,505 $15,767,953
2015 | $13,698,679 $16,233,160

While many Pima County residents are pro-life, the United Way of Tucson also gave Planned Parenthood $20, 240. Planned Parenthood Arizona provides:

Annual well women exams

Birth control consultations and supplies

STD testing, treatment & vaccines

HIV testing

Emergency contraception

In-clinic abortion and abortion by pill

Pregnancy testing

Sexual health patient consultation

In his memo, Huckelberry claims that the United Way’s “Ending Poverty Now Initiative helps people get ahead instead of just “getting by” and Pima County has partnered with the United Way and other community organizations and businesses to help break the cycle of poverty in our community to increase self-sufficiency for hard-working individuals and families throughout Southern Arizona.”

According to Making Action Possible For Southern Arizona website, “In 2015 median household income was $46,162 for the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), 15.4% lower than the nation and 8.5% below the state of Arizona. When compared to the 12 western MSAs, Tucson ranked near the bottom, above only El Paso, which had a median household income of $41,578. Denver, at $65,614, had the highest median household income of the 12 MSAs—34.8% higher than Tucson. Overall, Tucson has displayed an upward trend in median household income since 2000. This upward trend reflects a 25.6% increase in the inflation-adjusted median household income between 2000 and 2015.”

Supervisor Ally Miller has argued that due to the County’s decision to pick winners and losers by awarding lucrative contracts to select charities and companies, the hardworking people, to which Huckelberry refers, will never have a fair chance to compete and get ahead.

Given that the combined salaries and benefits of Huckelberry and United Way CEO Tony Penn are well more than five times the median household income; taking money from the General Fund, which is funded by property taxes, it is remarkable that the poor of Pima County are funding the United Way’s campaign. It is especially egregious say residents given that some of their taxes will be funneled to charities out-of-state or that run contrary to their most basic beliefs.

The ADI reached out to Huckelberry to inquire as to whether he had considered funding the campaign effort personally given his rather sizable compensation of Friday. As of Sunday, Huckelberry had not responded to our question.

Also at the March 21 meeting, Miller asked for at least one supervisor night-time meeting a month to accommodate County residents, but her request was shot down. Supervisor Richard Elias stated that evening meetings were unfair to County employees and members of the public who might not get the rest they need should meeting run late.

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