Over the past few months the United Way of McPherson County has paid careful attention to the harassment allegations filed by three former employees of United Way Worldwide (UWW). Recently, the findings of an independent investigation, employed by UWW, found no “actionable harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.” However, even in light of the espoused commitment by UWW to address organizational issues, a number of local United Ways, including the United Way of McPherson County, remain concerned and are seeking opportunities to ensure that UWW remains accountable. United Way Worldwide President & CEO Brian Gallagher resigned his position effective March 1, 2021.
In the meantime, the United Way of McPherson County (UWMC) remains an independent 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to helping the people of McPherson County. As a local non-profit organization the UWMC maintains its own governance structure, which includes a number of policies and procedures specifically designed to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all people.
Currently, the UWMC is working with foundations, businesses, local government and individual donors to assist those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak occurred, the McPherson County United Way has been able to assist 131 families with issues such as rent payments, utility bills, food service, and more.
Just last year, the McPherson County United Way launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library initiative, which currently ensures literacy development to over 778 pre-school aged children throughout McPherson County. Additionally, the United Way of McPherson County provides supportive funding to 17 local nonprofit programs throughout the surrounding area.