About Us

About United Way of the Tanana Valley

Our Vision

To create a community where education, financial stability and healthy lives are available to everyone.

Our Mission

United Way of the Tanana Valley inspires community giving to expand opportunities for healthy
and productive lives by mobilizing and uniting people, ideas, and resources.

Our Goals

1. Provide increased philanthropic and volunteer support to meet our community's human care goals.
2.Provide leadership in assessing human care needs and measuring the effectiveness of local agencies.
3. Provide community leadership in solving community problems.

Ethics and Compliance


Annually, all United Ways, including United Way of the Tanana Valley certify their adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations.


To read United Way Worldwide's Leadership & Governance document, click here.
To read United Way Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher's Statement to the United States Senate Committee on Finance (April 5, 2005) click here.

Financial Information

United Way of the Tanana Valley adheres to the highest level of accountability in all aspects of operations. Each year, a certified public accounting firm completes an in-depth review of our financial operations to ensure compliance with all accounting standards for not-for-profits. The independent auditors report the results of the annual audit and the audited financial statements directly to the Finance Committee of the United Way of Tanana Valley's Board of Directors, which then reports the findings to the full Board of Directors.
Click here to read United Way of Tanana Valley's 2015 IRS 990 form
Click here to read United Way of Tanana Valley's 2014 IRS 990 form

Community Care Fund Distributions

Local, trained volunteers review agencies' operations and program effectiveness. These volunteers make recommendations to United Way's Board and campaign funds are distributed to member agencies according to the Board's final decision. 
All individuals contributing 50% or more of their gift to the Community Care Fund are invited to participate in the bi-annual agency review process conducted in February.
Click here to view FY2017 Allocations and Designations


Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center at United Way serves our community by providing information and referral services and by connecting potential volunteers with volunteer opportunities. The Center also provides training, technical assistance, consultations, and other resources involving and relating to volunteer management programs.

Code of Ethics

United Way of the Tanana Valley Board of Directors and staff adhere to a formal code of ethics.

Counter Terrorism Laws

United Way of the Tanana Valley is in compliance with the spirit and intent of the U.S. Patriot Act and other counter terrorism laws. Affirmative action is taken to prevent technical, in-kind, or other resources from inadvertently being used for illegal acts and terrorist activities.


The United Way of the Tanana Valley had its beginnings in 1956 as the Fairbanks Federated Fund. 1965 witnessed the establishment of the United Good Neighbors and a first year campaign total of $84,655. Seven agencies were part of the original organization: Alaska Crippled Children; American Red Cross; Boy Scouts of America; USO; Fairbanks Health and Safety; the Salvation Army and the Girl Scouts. In 1972, the organization changed its name to the United Way of the Tanana Valley to identify more easily with the United Way movement across the nation.