Brookings Area United Way gets ‘thumbs up’


BROOKINGS – Brookings Area United Way has once again been recognized by United Way Worldwide for meeting membership requirements for 2019. 

To meet membership requirements, Brookings Area United Way must adhere to a locally developed and adopted statement to ensure volunteers and staff broadly reflect the diversity of the community it serves, undergo an annual audit conducted by an independent certified public accountant, adhere to a locally developed and adopted code of ethics for volunteers and staff which include provisions for ethical management, publicity, fundraising practices, and full and fair disclosure, and represent itself as a United Way in accordance with all United Way Worldwide trademark standards and requirements. 

Heidi Gullickson, executive director of Brookings Area United Way, said, “We are excited to be part of the United Way network. We will continue to be advocates in the community and provide the resources needed to make Brookings County stronger.” 

By fulfilling the requirements for membership, Brookings Area United Way is a verified United Way within the Worldwide network and is provided greater access to resources, marketing efforts, and opportunities to make an impact. This network allows the chance to bring these resources back locally to Brookings Area United Way funded partners to help realize their full potential. 

Brianna Doran, executive assistant, emphasized how exciting it is to stay involved in the worldwide network. “[Brookings Area] United Way is a philanthropy marketplace. We are not just fundraisers, we bring these international and national resources in the United Way Worldwide Network back to the community to allow our Funded Partners and other local nonprofits realize their full potential. Whatever problem they’re facing or just need more information on, we can help.”

The Brookings Area United Way officials say they are thankful for the generosity of the Brookings area to continue to surround our community’s problems and find creative solutions through collaborations and strong partnerships. Fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every individual, United Way seeks a stronger, brighter, more equal Brookings County.

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