The United Way of Greater St. Louis Board of Directors includes volunteers from all segments of the community. Responsible for bylaws and the election of officers and directors, the Board meets quarterly.
Board members typically also serve on one or more working committees of United Way. At the annual meeting of the Board, Board members, officers of the corporation, Executive Committee, Audit Committee and Finance Committee members are elected.
The Executive Committee consists of officers and at-large members elected by the Board, as well as committee chairs appointed by the Chair of the Board (who also is chair of the Executive Committee). United Way business is conducted by committees that report their recommendations to the Executive Committee of the Board.
United Way currently includes four Auxiliary Boards in its volunteer structure. One board serves three Missouri counties—St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren—that form the West Region. The Illinois Division serves the four Illinois counties of St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton and Randolph. The Tri-Cities Area Division serves Granite City, Madison, Venice, Pontoon Beach and Mitchell in Madison County, Illinois. The Southwest Illinois Division serves Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Calhoun and Greene counties in Illinois. The chairs of the Auxiliary Boards also serve on the Board of Directors.
Audit and Finance Committees
Members of the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee are elected annually by the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee arranges for an independent audit of United Way’s financials each year by an outside certified public accounting firm. Results of the audit are published in full in United Way’s annual report and on our website. The Finance Committee oversees the financial management of the organization.
Standing Committees Reporting to the Board
The Chair of the Board of Directors names a chair from the Board of Directors for each of the following standing committees:
This committee is responsible for conducting the annual fundraising drive with the help of the Resource Development and Regional Division staff. The annual campaign—the largest private fund-raising effort for human services in the bistate region—is unique in its massive mobilization of thousands of volunteers in 16 Missouri and Illinois counties. The Campaign Committee also includes the campaign chairs of United Way fund-raising initiatives such as the Charmaine Chapman Society, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, and the Women’s Leadership Giving Initiative.
Marketing and Communications Committee
The Marketing and Communications Committee provides creative and in-kind contributions for Campaign and year-round programs designed to increase understanding and support for United Way.
Administrative Budget Committee
Under the leadership of the Chair of the Board and with the participation of the Treasurer (who serves on both the Audit and Finance Committees), this committee is responsible for developing the United Way operating budget. It reviews the operating budgets of all divisions and departments and presents the total operating budget to the Board or Executive Committee for adoption.
The Compensation Committee reviews the performance of the United Way president, establishes compensation, and reviews and approves the president’s recommendations for all senior staff officers’ compensation.
Community Investment Committee
The Community Investment Committee manages the distribution to agencies of contributions made to the annual United Way campaign, grants for specialized initiatives, material donated by companies and individual volunteerism. More than 400 volunteers strategically allocate funding raised in the annual campaign to a system of nearly 200 member agencies. Volunteer teams review and assess each agency to determine that it meets quality standards.