Accreditation Process

Please note the Accreditation Process for 2014 is currently closed. For further information on the next open Accreditation period, please contact Debbie Harpster at or 702-892-2365.




2014 Accreditation Process

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is committed to assuring our donors that their contributions are used in the most effective ways and leveraged to meet the highest identified need(s) for social services in our community. As part of this commitment, our partner agencies are considered eligible to apply for UWSN Immediate Needs funding only if they have current UWSN accreditation. In addition, UWSN accredited agencies are identified in the Community Development Request for Funding Proposals (RFP) review process. Many other funding sources also require non-profit agencies to meet and adhere to quality standards of operation as outlined in the accreditation application and process.

The Accreditation Council team members consisting of committed community volunteers and business leaders review the agency applications. The health and human service providers with exemplary fiscal accountability, program capacity and ability to provide outcome/accountability reports, are encouraged to complete the accreditation packet. UWSN accredited agencies may be eligible for other funding opportunities through UWSN and will be positioned to receive exposure through UWSN’s communications tools including our website:

Please note: ALL currently accredited agencies and all new agencies seeking accreditation MUST provide a complete and current accreditation packet in 2014.

UWSN will accept applications for accreditation from agencies that meet the following criteria:

  • 501 (c) (3) IRS qualified for at least three years prior to requesting United Way of Southern Nevada accreditation.
  • Annual budget of at least $500,000 per fiscal year.
  • Annual independent audit.
  • Administrative costs as reported on the agency’s annual audit and IRS Form 990 do not exceed 25 percent of revenues.
  • Local volunteer Board of Directors.
  • Provide health and human services in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye or White Pine counties in Nevada.
  • Agency is willing and able to sign an affiliation agreement with UWSN.

Should your agency meet the required criteria above and the standards outlined in the application, please complete this accreditation application packet and questionnaire.

By Friday, February 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM, please submit the completed accreditation packet and required documents to the UWSN Office in the format listed in the application instructions.

After receipt and review of the application packet, a site visit by volunteers may be scheduled during the time of January 15 to May 25, 2014. All recommendations for approval or denial by the Accreditation Council will be referred to the Board of Directors for final decision. Notification of accreditation status to all agencies will be completed by July 30, 2014. No information regarding status of the application will be available prior to that date. Please contact Dolores Hauck, Sr. Director Grants/Public Policy at or 702.892-2340 with any questions. 

For 2014 Accreditation Application Packet

2014 Accreditation Application

2014 Sample Letter of Engagement

2014 Accreditation Application Guidance

2014 Patriot Act Letter