Alliance Provides Administrative Services to United Cerebral Palsy through Partnership

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Efficiencies allow UCP to direct more resources to mission

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national strategic action network of human services community-based organizations aligned through a common vision for a healthy and equitable society, announces its unique partnership with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) to provide operations support services.

UCP, a national affiliate network committed to advancing the lives of individuals with disabilities, has partnered with the Alliance to support its financial and administrative needs.

Among performing accounts payable and receivable functions, the Alliance now manages fiscal budgeting, financial statements, tax preparation assistance, and support for the annual financial audit for UCP. The Alliance also provides strategic guidance and support for the UCP Board of Director’s finance committee. Assistance and organization for the UCP Board of Trustees, executive committee, and affiliate committee meetings, as well as various executive administrative support tasks also are managed by the Alliance.

The partnership between the two nonprofit organizations dates to 2016, when the Alliance began subleasing space for its corporate headquarters within UCP’s offices in Washington, D.C.

“Outsourcing our financial and administrative functions to the Alliance was an efficiency and business decision,” explains Armando Contreras, executive director of UCP. “Not only did we have a close connection within our physical space, but our missions are well aligned, and their understanding of the nonprofit arena has allowed for a seamless implementation of services.”

Leveraging the Alliance’s recent operations support services venture, the partnership allows UCP to devote its time and resources toward serving its network and those within the disability community.
In addition to financial and administrative services, the Alliance offers a variety of services including payroll processing and employee benefits administration, risk management tools and insurance services, group purchasing and savings programs, and cost-effective state unemployment tax programs.

“We are committed to developing solutions and improved efficiencies for community-based organizations nationwide,” says Alliance CFO Kristi Scharl. “Not only does our partnership with UCP allow for the application of best practices in financial and administrative processes, but it is a true example of effective usage of nonprofit budgets and resources.”

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. We accelerate change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their full potential through improvements in health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and security. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and its nearly 64+ affiliates have a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a broad range of disabilities by providing services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. Please visit ucp.org for more information.

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