Governance and Accountability

A gift to UPAF is a gift you can feel good about.

Your generous support of UPAF makes a big impact in our region — UPAF is a local organization and all the funds raised support our region’s incredible performing arts scene and make our community a better place to live, work and play.

UPAF stewards your gifts to make the most of every donation, ensuring that the funds are used in the best way possible.

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UPAF’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency earn the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity watchdog. 

Making Sure Your Donation is Used Wisely

Each year, Member Group allocation figures are determined by an independent committee that includes representatives from some of UPAF’s largest corporate donors, including Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, We Energies and Baird.

The Allocation Committee reviews Member Group financial statements, as well as information about their overall management and education and outreach programs. The information, along with a face-to-face meeting with a panel of our committee members, is used to assess the group’s stability and sustainability and is part of the final determination for fund allocation.

2023 Annual Report

Take a look at our Annual Report and Audit to see how we put your money to work for the performing arts this year.

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