2015 Accreditation Process

United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) is committed to assuring our donors that their contributions are used in the most effective ways. As part of this commitment, UWSN accredited agencies receive formal acknowledgement from the community that their work meets the highest standards of excellence for nonprofits, and provides the agency the opportunity to be part of a strong, healthy and positive network of nonprofit organizations serving the needs of our community.

The standards and agency applications are reviewed by the Accreditation Council consisting of community volunteers and business leaders. Health and human service providers with exemplary fiscal accountability and the capacity to produce outcomes and provide accountability reports, are fully encouraged to complete the accreditation packet.

As a partner agency producing programs and results with communitywide impact, your agency will receive exposure through UWSN’s communications tools including our website (uwsn.org) and marketing collateral. In addition, your agency may be recognized by other funders for excellent organizational practices by meeting the UWSN accreditation requirements.

United Way of Southern Nevada will accept applications for accreditation from agencies that meet the following minimum 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.
  • Administration costs do not exceed 25 percent of all 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 United Way of Southern Nevada.

Should your agency meet the required criteria above and the standards outlined in the application, please complete the accreditation application packet and questionnaire now available at http://uwsn.org/accreditation-process by Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Please submit the complete accreditation packet and required documents 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 March 30 – April 30, 2015. All recommendations for approval or denial by the Accreditation Council will be referred to the UWSN Board of Directors for final decisions. Notification of accreditation status to all agencies will be completed by July 15, 2015.

No information regarding status of the application will be available prior to that date.


For 2015 Accreditation Application Packet

2015 Accreditation Application

2015 Sample Letter of Engagement

2015 Accreditation Application Guidance

2015 Patriot Act Letter