Financial Stability

Financial Stability

Securing families’ finances so that they can weather any storm

In our local community and in alignment with United Way’s national goals, United Way of Southern Nevada is committed to helping families improve their financial situation through financial literacy programs, tax services, and long term savings planning.

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Our Mission
To help all individuals and families work towards the goals of financial self-sufficiency through education, support and training.

Our Vision
Create a cycle of financial success for individuals and families in order to build long-term economic independence.

Our Goals

  • Increase access to family-sustaining employment.
  • Increase access to income support such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Increase financial management knowledge and skills.
  • Increase access to low-cost financial products and services to build stable financial resources.


Driving Results that Allow Individuals and Families to Prosper (2010-2014)

  • More than 26,000 total tax returns have been filed, with $20.4M in tax credits returned and a total of $34.4M in tax refunds provided back into the community
  • More than 30,400 kids, grades 1-5, participated in financial literacy education, showing a 41% increase (in ‘11-‘14) in financial fluency
  • More than $42,000 saved by the students of Walter Bracken Elementary School through the Piggy Bank Program

Aligning our community impact work in Education, Financial Stability, and Health, United Way recognizes that it takes a healthy, educated child to become a financially self-sufficient adult, and that it takes a financially stable family to foster the health and education of its children.

Piggy Banks | Teaching Children to Save!


It has been 5 weeks since the grand opening of the Howard Hollingsworth Elementary Piggy Bank. And what a day it was! We were surrounded by interested media, children from the school, community partners like Andson Inc. and Silver State Schools Credit Union, school staff and administrators, and of course our YPS volunteers! What a day to show the power of what we can accomplish together. Please see the latest pictures and also those from the grand opening at right or below.

We have some excellent news to report on the progress of our students at both Piggy Banks.

The children of Hollingsworth Elementary have already saved over $2,500 with nearly 50% school wide participation in the program. Interestingly, it is our younger students who appear to be the biggest savers, with 2nd and 3rd grade having the highest participation rates of all. We hope to meet Samantha Ubias soon, an eager 5th grader who has saved $114 already or Alexandra Prieto-Gonzalez, 4th grader, who has had 100% participation.

At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy the students have saved almost $26,000 since the beginning of the school year! Now in its second year at Bracken, this program has become deeply rooted into the culture of this incredible school with school-wide participation at a whopping 89%. We also see the younger grades as the most active savers with the second grade at a 98% participation rate! We believe this fun, hands-on interactive program that allows children to practice responsibility demonstrates just how our programs must be tailored to our recipients’ needs.

Fikreabe_1200pxFikreabe Getachew continues to astound us with his tenacity and drive to get to medical school. He has had 100% participation and has saved $4,411.30. We will miss seeing Fikreabe next year as he goes off to middle school to change the world. We look forward to providing some updates as the school year wraps up. With financial literacy curriculum as part of this important program in the area of Financial Stability, we anticipate real learning in this area. By equipping today’s student with financial literacy skills, we will prepare the next generation of adults to weather financial storms, prepare for the future, and to have financial independence.

Piggy Bank Helps Students Save!

During the United Way of Southern Nevada (UWSN) launch of the second “Piggy Bank,” students saved over $600 during the first day of this unique financial literacy program designed to teach over 650 students of Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School how to save money by simulating a traditional banking experience and providing financial education in…Continue Reading

The Tax Season is Upon Us!

We work hard all year long, celebrate the holidays and then January comes. For many it is a month of gearing up for the Tax Season. We know that it can be challenging to figure out the complicated world of taxes, so if you earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free tax…Continue Reading

Free Tax Preparation Sites

Free Tax Preparation Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites If you earned less than $53,000 in 2014, you can receive free tax assistance preparation and e-filing, delivered by IRS-certified volunteers at the following Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Clark and Nye Counties. Dates and locations are subject to change. Dial 2-1-1 or visit for…Continue Reading

YPS | Helping Children Learn to Save

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) members treated over 100 students at Bracken Elementary School on Wednesday, May 21 to a Root Beer Float Celebration. Students who had the highest participation in the “Piggy Bank” program during the 2013-14 school year got to indulge in the summertime favorite dessert, sponsored by the…Continue Reading

2014 EITC Day Unites the Community

Showing united community support, Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Henderson Councilwoman Gerri Schroder and United Way of Southern Nevada President and CEO Cass Palmer all helped to kick off the tax season during the 2014 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day on January 30, 2014. The dignitaries were all passionate about…Continue Reading

Create a Budget | Resolutions for Life

Having control over your money is important, both for your financial well-being and for your peace of mind. Creating a budget can help you feel more in control of your finances and allow you to save more money for your short- or long-term goals. The following strategies can help you build your personal budget spreadsheet.…Continue Reading

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