United Midcoast Charities announced that it has recently been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

United Midcoast Charities (UMC) provides grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations Knox and Waldo counties that help residents in need with essential services.

“We are honored to be named a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says John Viehman, Board President. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including the addition of a full-time Executive Director, $500,000 in grants to our local community and the wrap up of a new strategic plan outlining new funding and guidance initiatives to support our grantees.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews that United Midcoast Charities received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. “Creating positive change for individuals, families, and communities requires considerable collaboration. While we appreciate the financial support that United Midcoast Charities offers to social service and non-profit agencies, we are most impressed by their willingness to join conversations around the needs of the midcoast region. UMC contributes to positive, solution-focused discussion then actively partners with other organizations to increase and improve supports and services available to the community. They are a valuable resource to this region of Maine,” noted Kara Hay, CEO of Penquis.

“United Midcoast Charities is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with UMC.”

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. Through a yearly grant application and review process, UMC funds agencies that primarily benefit residents of Knox and Waldo counties. More information is available at www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org.

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.2 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2017 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at: http://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2017/Issue:All/Page:1